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Mongolia Charity Rally, Central Route

Mongolia Central Route

UK - France - Belgium - Germany - Czech Republic - (or maybe Poland) - Slovakia - Hungary - Ukraine - Russia - (maybe Kazakhstan) – Mongolia.

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Which visas do I need?

The visas that you will need to participate in the rally will depend on the route you will take:

  • Single entry Ukrainian tourist visa - not required for a stay of up to 90 days within a 180 day period for nationals of the UK, EU, US, Canada, Japan or Switzerland, among others. A full list of the countries whose citizens do not require a Ukrainian visa can be found here.
  • Single entry Russian tourist visa - depending on your route, a double entry Russian visa may be required.
  • Single entry Kazakh tourist visa - depending on your route, a double entry Kazakh tourist visa may be required.
  • Single entry Mongolian tourist visa.

Important: Real Russia is only providing a visa service and is not responsible for any other documentation; such as those needed to cross borders with vehicles, required by your trip, etc.

How much will they cost and how long will they take?

The processing time refers to the number of working days that it will take for us to obtain your visa once we have submitted your application to the relevant consulate. We will lodge your first visa application the next consular working day after we have received the documents and verified that they are all in order. However, visa applications received by our office at the weekend, on bank holidays or after 4.30pm on weekdays will not be processed by members of our visa team until the following working day, i.e. these visa applications will be submitted to the first consulate on the second working day following their receipt.

Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia - Single Entry visas with standard processing times
Nationality Cost Processing Time Russia DE Kazakh DE
UK £ 263.40 22 working days +£25 +£15
EU £ 243.40 22 working days +£10 +£15
US £ 363.40 22 working days +£10 +£0
Ireland £ 261.40 22 working days +£40 +£15
Australia £ 246.40 22 working days +£40 +£15
Canada £ 251.40 22 working days +£37 +£15
New Zealand £ 246.40 22 working days +£28 +£15
Russia, Mongolia - Single Entry visas with standard processing times
Nationality Cost Processing Time Russia DE
UK £204.40 15 working days +£25
EU £184.40 15 working days +£10
US £233.40 15 working days +£10
Ireland £202.40 15 working days +£40
Australia £187.40 15 working days +£40
Canada £192.40 15 working days +£37
New Zealand £187.40 15 working days +£28

For information on individual visas and expedited processing click here

Please note: Working days are Monday to Friday excluding any regular consulates' closures (the Kazakhstan consulate is closed every Wednesday), exceptional Real Russia office closures, UK bank holidays and consulates' public holidays.

When calculating the total processing time for obtaining all of your visas you will need to take into consideration the closures referred to above. One extra day is added between each visa in order to allow us to collect your passport from one consulate and submit it to another. The stated processing times assume that the documents originally received are all complete and correct. Delays may occur in cases where we require additional/alternative/amended paperwork.

It is also worth bearing in mind that the processing times given do not account for the return of your passport. Therefore, you will need to allow a few extra days if your passport is to be returned by mail; delivery times can vary considerably depending on which country your passport needs to be returned to.

Please click on the following link for any other issues which may currently be affecting the visa processing times.

What is included in the price?

The fees quoted above cover the consular visa fees along with the discounted Real Russia service charge, and, unless otherwise stated in the ‘Visa Support Documents’ section below, all fees related to Visa Support Documentation.

Once all your visas have been issued you can either collect your passport from our London office or we can post it to you. The price and the mode of delivery depend on which country you want us to return your passport to and also how quickly you need it returning. For deliveries to UK addresses, we use Royal Mail Special Delivery. As this is an optional service this will cost an additional £8.25. For deliveries outside the UK we use either Royal Mail International Delivery/Airsure or DHL; as this is a quicker and safer option. Please contact us for a quote.

Please note: If you are applying as a group and your passports are to be sent together to the same address, only one postage fee will apply.

How long are the visas valid for?

The Ukrainian Tourist Visa is valid from the date requested on the application form up to a maximum of 30 days. Because of this we recommend that you set the start date of the visa a few days before you intend to enter Ukraine and make the end date 30 days later.

The Russian Tourist Visa (single or double entry) is valid for the exact dates that you request on your visa application form; up to a maximum of 30 days (this applies to both single and double entry visas). We recommend that you set the start date of the visa a few days before you intend to enter Russia and make the end date 30 days later. You may enter and leave at any time between these dates.

Please note: If you need a double entry visa, you will have to complete both visits within the dates you apply for.

The Kazakh Tourist Visa is valid from the date requested on your visa application form for a period of 30 (single entry) or 60 (double entry) days, during which you may enter and stay for a maximum of 30 days as long as it is within the validity period of the visa. Again, we recommend that you set the start date of the visa for a few days before you intend to enter Kazakhstan and make the end date 30, or 60, days later depending on the number of entries required.

Tourist Visa is valid for 90 days from the date that the visa application is lodged at the consulate. Once entered you may stay in the country for up to 30 days.

When is the best time for me to apply?

While the earliest we can apply for your Mongolian visa is 90 days before your confirmed date of entry, Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakh visas, being dates specific, can be applied for at any time, so please send us your documents as soon as you are able and we will process your Mongolian visa last.

Assuming a departure date of 5th July 2014, in order for you to receive all the necessary visas in the time available, at the best possible price, the latest we can receive your applications for Russian, Kazakh and Mongolian visas is the 5th June 2014.

Due to this being the peak period for processing visas, applications received after 5th June 2014 may incur a higher cost; additionally, we will not be able to guarantee that all visas will be ready in time for the departure date.

In case you also need a Ukrainian visa, please send us all of your applications no later than the 16th May 2014.

Do you need my passport the whole time?

In order for us to obtain all the visas on your behalf, your passport will be required for the entire processing period as the consulate will affix each visa in it.

What if I need my passport to travel while you are processing my visas?

If, at any point during the visa application process, you need your passport back for any reason, please let us know as soon as you can and we will work with you to ensure that we can still obtain all your visas on time.

What paperwork is required for these visas

An original, signed, passport that will be valid for a minimum of six months after the date of expiry of the last visa. The passport must be undamaged and ideally have two blank pages per visa required. If you do not have the necessary spaces available, contact us and we will advise you on the best course of action.

In addition to the passport, for each visa you will also need to provide a visa application form and one recent colour passport photo taken against a plain, white background (two photos are required if you need a visa to Ukraine), and the following documents:

Ukrainian Tourist Visa:

If you need this visa then all documents (including your UK residence card if you have one) might need to be supplied as originals. Depending on your nationality you may also have to provide the original invitation (that we will take care of), bank statements for the last three months and travel insurance documents. Please contact us for more information.

Kazakh Tourist Visa:

  • An original signed cover letter from yourself explaining the purpose of your visit. Please click here to get a template.
  • A copy of your car registration certificate. If you do not have one at the time of your visa application, or do not have a vehicle at all, please confirm this on the cover letter.
  • A copy of your driving license if you are a driver. If you are a passenger, please provide a copy of the driver’s driving license.
  • Travel insurance valid for your entire trip to Kazakhstan. If you wish to obtain a maximum visa validity (i.e. that of 30 days for single entry visa and 60 days for double entry visa) we would recommend that you provide insurance valid for the whole term, whilst indicating the same validity period (date-wise) on your online visa application form.
  • A hotel booking confirmation; if you have one.
  • A photocopy of your last Kazakh visa; if you have one. If the visa was issued in a different passport, then please provide a photocopy of the photo page from that passport as well.
  • If you require a double entry visa you will also need to provide a copy of a visa to the country that you will visit in between your two trips to Kazakhstan and thus obtain this visa first. If Real Russia is managing your application, we will proceed accordingly.

Russian Tourist Visa:

  • If you are self-employed, the owner of a business or unemployed you have to provide copies of your bank statement, which can be no more than two weeks old and covers the last 90 days. Click here for more information.
  • Almost all non-UK nationals (except Canada, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovak Republic, Sweden, USA among others) have to prove that they have been a resident in the UK for at least the last 90 days. Click here for more details.
  • Some non-UK nationals have to provide the insurance policy covering their trip to Russia. Please click here for more information.

If you want to see a detailed list of documents you will need to provide, please either contact us for further information or click here, scroll down to the section "What documents do I need to provide with my application pack?", and select your nationality.

Mongolian Tourist Visa:

  • No further documents required.

Visa support documents and official invitations

Kazakhstan (for some nationalities only), Mongolia, Russia and Ukraine (for some nationalities only) require official visa support documentation, which we will take care of.

The relevant fees for these, except Kazakh and Ukrainian invitations, are already included in the prices quoted above. This is because most nationalities do not require an invitation in order to obtain Kazakh and Ukrainian visas; most nationalities, in fact, do not require a visa to travel to Ukraine at all. We will contact you with the relevant information if you need one, and advise you of any additional costs or documents required. The invitation can be ordered while we are processing your other visas so, if you do require one, it should not prolong the processing time.

Ready to order - what do I do next?

Please click on the links below to complete the online visa application forms.

At the end of each form, kindly confirm the following in the “Additional information box”:

  • Mongolia Charity Rally tour code - MCR-RR-2014.
  • All other visas that you will apply for as a part of your Charity trip.
  • Team name.
  • Fellow team members name.

You will be able to download your completed application form in the "Next Steps" email which will be sent to you automatically once you submit the online form.

Please note that the validity of some visas depend on when the visa application pack is submitted to the consulate. To ensure, where possible, that the team members will be granted the same visa validity dates, we would advise all the members of a team apply for their visas at the same time, i.e. send us your paperwork together.

Once each application has been completed, you will be prompted to pay. Since Real Russia will apply discounted service charges, please ignore this request and do not pay online. Simply download and fill in the credit card authorisation form instead. Confirm your special Go Help code to prove your eligibility for our reduced visa services rates in the “Payment for the Services” section.

If you need a Ukrainian visa, please click on the link below to download and print the application form before completing by hand and signing it:

Lastly, please send all necessary documents for each visa to our London office address:

Real Russia Ltd
Unit 5, The Ivories
6 Northampton Street
N1 2HY, London
United Kingdom

We will contact you as soon as we have received all of your documentation to confirm payment and let you know that your visa application is under way.

If the payment is more than £500 per person we will require a scanned copy of both the front and the back of the credit/debit card that you will use to make payment with to be emailed to us; please have this ready for when we contact you.

Can you tell me more?

We hope that these pages are useful to you, however, if you need further information or assistance please feel free to read our FAQ page, use our forum, email us at mongoliacharityrally@realrussia.co.uk or call us on +44 (0) 207 100 7370 extension 350. Our dedicated “Rally Team” will be happy to help in any way that they can.