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Checking Visa: Train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg

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Checking Visa: Train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg

If we are to take the train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg, how do they check our visa? St. Petersburg will be our first entry into Russia. We carry U.S. passports. Do they check the visa upon arrival in St. Petersburg or before we board the train in Helsinki?

Anyone familiar with this? We don't want to get ourselves in trouble. Thanks!!

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1. Re: Checking Visa: Train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg

They come around and check passports and visas whilst you're on the train, so you don't have to worry about it at either station - just get on and off the train as you would in any city. Russian customs officials will also come around during the journey and ask which is your luggage and how much money you are carrying.

There are information booklets in the train seat pockets which explain the process in more detail, so don't worry too much - it's less daunting than you might expect.

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2. Re: Checking Visa: Train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg

To take this particular train means to have the most effective crossing of the Russian border - not getting off your seat and not spending any extra minute.

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3. Re: Checking Visa: Train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg

It is not only the most convenient way to enter the country, it is also the most lax in that there will be customs officers but they will not look at anything, Before the border, which moving, your passports are collected and immigration officers board the train at a quick stop and process the entry sitting in the crew cabin and then hand them out only verifying that the photo in the passport and you match.

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