Sunday, 20 February 2011

grey (2)

Spent more time than I wanted in this small blank room at Moscow Domededovo airport yesterday. It is the Consul, on the wrong side of passport control, where I arrived quite late in the evening to be told that my existing work visa (dated to May 2011) was no longer valid; the ins and outs of which are quite dull to recount. After some negotiations  and the payment of a new fee I left with a new - single-entry 10 day - work visa. This is because multiple entry work visas are not issued on first entry (despite the fact that my old passport was already filling up with quite a number of multiple entry visas, and I already had a up-to-date visa.) So now another visa will have to be obtained to allow me to stay longer.

I realise this is nothing compared to the Guardian corrrespondent Luke Harding's experiences recently (when he was not only put in a cell but also deported before being allowed back a week later), so I am not complaining, only giving it as an example of some of those 'different' aspects of Russia.  Maybe people coming the other way - into England - have similar stories to tell about getting into the UK.

And, mentioning Luke Harding, I am sorry that he and his family are going back to England for now; although this is entirely for selfish reasons as I have still never managed to go on one of Phoebe Taplin's amazing looking walks. I do keep most of the double-page spreads she has written in the Moscow News, suggesting places to go and things to see. She promises to return, so lets hope so. 


  1. Wishing you best of luck with that bureaucracy to come. :)
    I always enjoy reading your blog. Let's hope brighter times come, both weather- and otherwise.

  2. No stay in Russia is complete without a border story. Well done. Luckily it only seems to happen once in the general scheme of things. Generally early on enough that you get to spend the rest of your stay in country flinching every time you get close to the border again. I'm sure it is some kind of obscure psychological torture.

  3. If there something that I really don't like, is the long queue that is necessary to make everytime I need a visa to go in Russia.About the passport controls is looking everytime that we are not welcome at all. I hope, that one day Russia will be in the European Union and this kind of desagreements will be finished.