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Transmongolian Express Visas Explained



Trans-siberian and trans-mongolian visa's can be a very complex, time consuming and expensive process. For those just travelling along the trans-siberian route, you will on require a Russian visa. For those who wish to diverge and travel through Mongolia and China, you will require a visa for all three countries.

Any one who's not entirely sure where to begin or isn't use to visa applications should really consider using a company such as Real Russia. They're a company that specialise in train tickets and visas in Russia, Mongolia, China and Belarus. They offer an all inclusive service for £400 where you just send off all the required documents and they return your passport once all three visas have been processed.

For those more confident with the process you need to send off all the requested documents listed below to each consulate individually. For each visa, there is a standard and express service ( costing more) and as of October 2014, every UK citizen wishing to visit Russia is required to go down to either the London or Edinburgh consulate to have their finger prints scanned.

Russian Visa

Standard : 6-21 working days

Express: 2-4 working days

-Passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your departure and with two blank pages in it.

-Booking confirmations of all hotels/hostels during your stay

-Travel tickets in and out of the country

-Standard passport size photo

Mongolian Visa

Standard: 6 days

Express: 2 days

-Travel insurance that has your name, counties covered and dates of cover on

-Booking confirmations for every night of your stay

-Passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your departure and with two blank pages in it.

-Standard passport size photo

Chinese Visa

Standard: 4 days

Express: 3 days

-Standard passport size photo

-Passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your departure and with two blank pages in it.

-Booking confirmations of all hotels/hostels during your stay

-All travel tickets between cities

All Travel tickets from the UK to China and from China to the UK ( if you are travelling to numerous countries either before or after china you will need to send all of the tickets for these countries too!)

Note that as of late 2018 and early 2019, you will be required to give biometrics (same as Russia) in order to gain a Chinese visa. Their consulates are located in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

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