1. Hi Andrew,
    Was wondering how you went with the application? I am from Australia, looking to get a Russian 30 day tourist visa and have run out of time to do it at home before I leave.
    If you successfully received a Russian tourist visa in China that gives me a lot of hope for getting one myself (either in Beijing or elsewhere).

    • Hi Xav, thanks for your comment! I got my visa, and had a memorable few days in Moscow, which is an amazing city. I hope to go back to see more of it. It’s a bit of a pain as a process, but if you have all your paperwork in order then they’re entirely reasonable and fair, and you will get there in the end. I wrote this post in the hope that I could save people from some of the daft mistakes I made, so I hope you find it helpful, and that you have great trip to Beijing and on to Russia!

      • Yeah here’s hoping. Just wondering; did you apply for a 10 day transit or a 30 day tourist visa?
        Thanks for the reply, too.

        • I had to apply for the tourist visa in the end. The 10 day transit is for arriving overland, but it’s only 3 days if you’re flying- and confusingly they count the day you arrive as day 1. The only difference is that you need the letter of invitation, but they’re easy and inexpensive to get online. If you make sure you have everything you need when you go into the visa office you should be able to do it in a single day. Good luck! (and when you’re visiting Beijing, check out our sister publication thebeijinger.com for all the top tips on what to do and see, and where to eat and drink.)

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