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Danny, 52 y.o.

Netherlands

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Is it still possible to meet in Russia?

I met a wonderful woman from Izhevsk through this site, I would love to meet her. However, I live in the Netherlands. Due to the sanctions, it is not possible to travel from the European Union to Russia. However, air traffic is still possible between Turkey and Russia.



Has anyone had any experience with meeting in Russia lately? Is it possible to obtain a visa? Is it possible to travel in Russia? And is it possible to buy rubles within the European Union? I hope someone can help me! And I also think that more people from the European Union run into the same questions.

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Eric, 75 y.o.

Netherlands

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Just my thoughts.
Is it possible for the woman to travel to Turkey ?

You may know that Russians can go on vacation in Turkey.

With some (financial) help from your side , I believe it would be a much better solution.

You don`t have to worry about big problems - she will not have big problems either.

I consider this to be a win - win situation ..

Unless she has little children to take care of , and she can`t just leave


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Zimfira


In my opinion, if a man wants something, then he will definitely achieve it. Especially if there is a woman who believes him and waits him. If you have never been to Russia before, then meeting a woman you like will also be an opportunity for you to plunge a little into the culture in which your woman grew up and lives. I sincerely wish you to meet, and may success accompany you!)


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Salvador


Excelente opción, un país neutral y de fácil acceso para ambas nacionalidades.

Tienen la ventaja de una relativa corta distancia.


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Chris


I would not travel to Russia at this time. I agree with Eric - meet on middle ground where connecting flights are not necessary. This has the added bonus of making an adventure out of it for both of you.

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Svetlana, 51 y.o.

United States

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I second the gentlemen's above opinion regarding meeting in a 3d country. I personally do not believe that traveling to Russia would pose any danger. It is just logistically cumbersome and unnecessary expensive due to currently imposed sanctions. There are very nice locations where you and your vis-a-vis can both travel to relatively easy, such as Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Serbia, etc.
Additionally, a piece of unsolicited advice: to not send any money. You could book a ticket for a lady should you decide to assist her with making travel arrangements, but absolutely no remittances. That will spare you of possible disappointment and heart ache. It does not happen too often, but we have seen some very unfortunate stories where well-meaning men were scammed for money.

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Lesia, 48 y.o.

Russia

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Hello. I am sure in Europe and Turkey, you can buy rubles, but if you arrange a meeting in Turkey, it is better to change it to the local currency. I was in Turkey and Europe this summer, the situation is wonderful, there are no fears. You can consider other options, there are many of them, there would be a desire for both. Do not postpone your meeting, I wish you the fulfillment of your plans..

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Danny, 52 y.o.

Netherlands

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This comment is for all who responded, thank you very much!

Yes, I was recently on holiday in Turkey. Still a lot of Russians there on holiday!

The problem is that my girlfriend has never flown before and does not dare to fly to Turkey alone. The meeting should therefore take place in Russia.

I have now found out that I can get a visa through the visa office in the Netherlands. And that the cost of a plane ticket from Istanbul to Moscow or Kazan is very high. I can buy rubles at Istanbul airport.

A valid question is whether it's wise to travel to Russia in this situation. That's why I hope someone responds who has done this lately!

By the way, I have been to Russia several times, so the trip itself is not unknown to me! Beautiful nature and culture, great people!

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Natalia, 51 y.o.

Belarus

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Beste Danny!
Ik praat geen engels, maar kan wel een beetje nederlands, sorry voor fouten.
Ik ben uit wit rusland, dus wij hebben andere regels voor reizigers, bijvoorbeeld naar bepalde wit russische provincies kan zonder visum reizen uit europa. Maar het is lastiger voor je dan naar turkey. Dus ik vind turkey als slimste beslissing in jouw situatie. Wat ik heb gehoort naar rusland mogen alleen familieliden reizen, eerst visum krijgen.
Maar naar turkey er kan problematisch worden voor je vrouw als zij heeft niet genoeg geld om tickets te kopen, het is soms te duur zo ver weg. Als jij wilt haar helpen met ticket,kan probeeren met je pas betalen, lukt het niet, dan moet mensen zoeken die hebben te gelijk en russische en nederlandse bankrekeningen. Die kan in fb vinden in russischpratende groeppen. Dan jij kan naar nederlandse pas van deze mens euro geld opsturen, hij zal met zijn pas naar russische rekening van je vrouw sturen.

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Ik hoop jullie kunnen binnenkort lekker ontmoeten. Ik wens veel succes met reis en veel plezier met ontmoeting!


Als jij hebt meer vragen, ik ben hier. Hellaas mijn profile is gesloten dus ik ben bereikbaar alleen op forum hier, mag niet direct bericht sturen.
Groetjes.

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Svetlana, 51 y.o.

United States

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Should you decide to fly to Russia, it's unnecessary to change your EUR to RUB in Istanbul. You can do that in Russia and the exchange rate likely to be much better. Just don't change all the money at the airport upon arrival. Banks are ubiquitous in the cities and offer good exchange rate.

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Danny, 52 y.o.

Netherlands

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Bedankt voor je bericht Natalia! Je kunt goed Nederlands schrijven hoor, ik begrijp precies wat je bedoeld! Van het visumbureau begreep ik trouwens dat ik een privé-visum zou kunnen krijgen. Hiervoor dient mijn Russische vriendin te zorgen. Zij dient dit te regelen via een uitnodiging van het Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken van de Russische Federatie.

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Danny, 52 y.o.

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Thanks for your message! The reason I asked a question about buying rubles is because I understood that the Russian government does not allow people to take Euros to Russia.

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Svetlana, 51 y.o.

United States

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Not correct. There were a few instances when Russian nationals crossing Finnish-Russian border by land were banned from taking large (well over 1000 EUR) amounts of cash to Russia. It was the Finnish authorities initiative. The Russian government absolutely doesn't mind you to bring your cash into the country.
Again, that happened to people crossing from Finland by land only. If you fly through Istanbul, just comply with your own country and Turkey's policies regarding moving cash across the border.

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Svetlana, 51 y.o.

United States

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If you need an official invitation letter to apply for Russian visa, you should check this https://visa4u.ru/Pages/en-visasupport.aspx. Your girlfriend can order it online and pay with her Russian card. She is going to need a scan of your passport, bio page, and the proposed dates or travel.
The invitation will be send by email, you can print it out at home. The price is very low and the company is legit. I used their services few times to invite foreigners to Russia.

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Natalia, 51 y.o.

Belarus

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Bedankt Danny! Ik woon in nederland bijna 4 jaren al.
Ik hoop dat het is mogelijk nu om visum te krijgen.


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Salvador

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what about a place near Kaliningrad?

Findland?

I live far away but maybe our audience can give better advice. 

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Danny, 52 y.o.

Netherlands

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The distance between Izhevsk and Kalingrad is too far to travel by train. So this option is out.


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Oksana


If you are really interested in this woman, come yourself. She does not live in Moscow or St. Petersburg, but in Izhevsk, and the logistics of flying to Istanbul are not the best option for her. The fastest flight with one connection takes almost 20 hours. Also, if you've never been to Russia, it's not a bad trip for you. The only thing is to offer the woman a meeting in Moscow or St. Petersburg. This will be "neutral territory" for you and for her, but here she will be in her environment, which will help you to reveal her inner world better, I think. Exchanging euros in Russia is easy - there are banks on every corner and yes - don't be afraid of anything  

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Hermann, 53 y.o.

Germany

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In such situation, i would contact a russian travel agency (in NL) with the following questions:
- are there tourist vouchers for short visits (up to 10 days) for the Hrodna or Brest region ?
- are there bus or train connections from NL to Warsaw (better Bialystok) ?
- are border crossings PL/BY open for citizens of NATO countries ?

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Zhanna, 56 y.o.

Belarus

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Зачем Danny весь этот путь? Девушка вряд-ли поедет в Беларусь, для неё это очень далеко. А для Danny без проблем прилететь например Амстердам- Варшава или Амстердам - Вильнюс и на автобусе приехать по безвизу в Брест или Гродно. Граждане Нато 😁 добро пожаловать, только заранее купить ваучер в белорусском турагенстве. Но если двигаться дальше в Россию то нужно 2 визы, для Беларуси и для России.

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Svetlana, 50 y.o.

Belarus

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Жанна, можно задам вопрос. Может и глупо прозвучит, но теперь во всём сомневаться стала) В октябре подаюсь на визу, и задумалась брать справу из Беларусбанка или всё таки лучше из другого? Или внимания не заостряют?

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Zhanna, 56 y.o.

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Светлана, на это не смотрят. Справку не нужно брать, просто выписку.Если зарплату перечисляют на карту любого банка, то с неё и берите. Просят движение за 3 последних месяца.За некоторое время внесла туда денег, что б остаток естественно был виден. Так же сделала выписки со своих депозитов. Всё из Беларусбанка. Можно в белорусских рублях.

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Svetlana, 50 y.o.

Belarus

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Спасибо, развеяли мои сомнения. А то ж в свете последних событий такие дурные мысли порой приходят.

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Irina, 62 y.o.

Russia

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У нас еще все прикладывают копии свидетельств на собственность,права авто,и сопроводительнное письмо с подробным описанием путешествия или поездки.

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Zhanna, 56 y.o.

Belarus

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О ей.... права авто у нас можно вместо брони билетов,как альтернатива. Да.... сложно у вас и наземные пути в Европу почти все закрыли. 🤔

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Svetlana, 50 y.o.

Belarus

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Маршрутный лист и мы прикладываем, а вот доки на собственность иногда берут иногда возвращают. Человеческий фактор работает. Я даже вывод сделала если Кабрас - будет минимум полгода, а если на Ла Верде попадешь, только под даты даст.

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Zhanna, 56 y.o.

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Я ажно глянула . Кабрас дал мне на год. 😁


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Olga

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Да и зачем в Беларусь со своим самоваром? 

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Irina, 62 y.o.

Russia

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12 сентября отпишусь какие документы взяли. Подготовила все по максимуму, расписала даже какие места люблю,что нравится, в общем первую поездку очень подробно описала. И дальнейшие планы на весну,лето 2023. Финляндия не закрывает границы,в отличие от Литвы,Латвии,Эстонии и Польши. Пока не закрывает. А что дальше,да кто знает... Мы уж тут если что решили посетить ЮАР,если все закроется. По стопам Светланы. Там ценник через
Турцию, правда ,атомный . И прививок,наверное много дополнительных. У меня от слова прививка уже в дрожь бросает. Буду решать проблемы по мере поступления.

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Elena, 41 y.o.

Russia

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Так что в итоге ? Вы приехали в Россию ? So what is going on ? Did you come to Russia ?

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Danny, 52 y.o.

Netherlands

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Я хочу приехать в Россию в январе. Я лечу из Нидерландов в Стамбул. И из Стамбула в Казань.

По крайней мере, таковы планы. Но меня очень шокируют цены на авиабилеты. Путешествие между Турцией и Россией стало чрезвычайно дорогим. Билет туда-обратно стоит более 100 000 рублей...

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