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Immigration registration through Ost-West Kontaktservice

 
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TravelMac
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:52 am    Post subject: Immigration registration through Ost-West Kontaktservice Reply with quote

Hi,

Im from Norway, currently planning my first trip to Russia, Moscow. I`ve read about the needed info, but one thing have been the problem...thats the immigration registration. Since the places i will visit doesnt do registration and the person i will travel with dont have any official address in Moscow, then registration might be a problem.
However, i see a company called Ost-west Kontaktservice do provide such registration if you book visa support with them. When i arrive in Moscow, i can go to their office and they will do the registration for me. However, i havent found so much info about this company and im not 100% sure if they are valid for such visa invitation support. ( I do see them listed at lonelyplanet)
A Norwegian agency will help me with Visa, but they cant offer such registration help in Moscow city ( only through hotel/ or if the landlord helps me). Since none if this is suitable, then i thought perhaps this Ost-West company might be the solution since they will give me the registration and i can travel without being afraid of problems with registration.
Ive tried to search for this company on this website, but found only two links, but they didnt quite help regarding my question.

Does anyone know about this Ost-West and if their services is valid and if its possible to use them as invitation in Norway?
Hope i explained the issue in a correct way.
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romdur
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have information about this specific company.

However, I know from experience, that it is not unusual for a travel company to provide both invitation letters (visa support) and registration. I have used similar companies several times.
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TravelMac
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which agencies/company do people mostly use for registration when going to Moscow?
Im staying at a private apartment, and ive read that hostels or companies like ost-west kontaktservice will do the registration. I have some contacts in Moscow and they tell me that hostels will do the registration, even if i dont stay at the hostel..
However, i just wonder which method and companies other people in here are using when travelling in Russia or staying in private apartments.
( I know the landlord can help with registration when using private apartments, but that is not possible here).
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TravelMac
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, then im back in Norway after spending one week in Moscow.
All i can say is that there is too much rubbish and scary talk about Moscow.
Arrival and departure were no problem. Going to Moscow city and to airport was no problem ( use aeroexpress, cost rur 300. Using Taxi is just waste of money, train is also faster).
If you live in private apartment or with friends, then you can register through companies as Ost-West, find a hotel, hostel or other travel companies. They will register you, but remember to ask for the receipt. The immigration control will ask for this if you were stopped when leaving the country ( i was stopped, but it was all ok).
The Metro system can be bit difficult, but just use good time and be prepared.
Cash withdrawal are no problem, there are automates everywhere and food shops everywhere ( its cheap also).
Dont believe all the rubbish thats written about Moscow. Have all of your papers OK, have a map and have a plan ( Moscow is big) on what you want to see. Then everything will be OK.
I could write alot more, but it doesnt belong to this thread. Just wanted to update all you people about registration. Its no problem, just remember to do it within 24hours ( or 72hours if staying with private invitation).
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romdur
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, Moscow is not my favorite city -- but it is not a bad place, if you have some money!

How did you make your registration? Did you use Ost-West?

I have read about such companies, but have yet to hear from a person who actually used one. Direct personal experience is more trustworthy, so please tell us what you learned! If you used a company for registration, what was their fee?

Thanks in advance!


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TravelMac
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi!

Late reply, but its better then nothing i guess.

Ive now been three times ( three seperate visas also) to Moscow. One time on tourist visa and two times on business visa.
I did my registrations at Godzilla hostel. It costed rur 800,- and in my opinion its a relaxing and comfort way of dealing with the registration rules.

Maybe i should add this final comment another place, but i`ll put it here also.
There are now new rules regarding registration. I see many people are confused about registration and if the border control want this or not. Atleast at SVO the border control dont collect or care about the registration receipt. There is new system, so de-registration happens automaticlly when handing in the b part of the migration card. So, there is no longer need to worry about sending back the registration receipt for de-registration. I also read other places that this is correct.
Atleast thats the status pr.june when leaving russia from SVO terminal E.
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romdur
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TravelMac,

Thanks for the info! This may be useful for many travelers, and I will certainly remember it next time I visit Moscow.

I know where Godzilla's is -- despite the funny name, it is a very famous hostel -- but it didn't occur to me, that they can help with registration, and for a quite reasonable fee (before, I used a travel company that almost twice as much).
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