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Is it good to apply for a Tourist Visa -Double entry according to the itinerary below ??

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Our itinerary : Los Angeles>Moscow>Saint Petersburg>Tallinn>Helsinki>Moscow>Los Angeles.
The trip last for 14 days. We are going back to Moscow from Helsinki and stay one night at the airport hotel to catch the return flight next day. Is Tourist Visa - Double Entry good enough?
Many thanks.
asked Jun 4, 2015 in Russian Visa by Billmo (150 points)

1 Answer

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Tourist visa double entry is not good enough because it only works if you exit and enter through a CIS state (Estonia and Finland are not). So your only option is to either get a double-entry business visa or get a tourist visa and a transit visa for the one-night stay in Moscow.

answered Jun 4, 2015 by admin (5,930 points)
Website for Russian visa processing in Canada says double entry works "when visiting countries neighbouring with the Russian Federation (so called “near abroad” as CIS, Baltic states)".  Estonia should be ok, Finland is not considered a Baltic state.  
The visa processing company informed us we would need a double entry visa for the following: Moscow>St P>cruise-Fin-others-Estonia-St P + 4nts>Home