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Does anybody on this forum understand the ins-and-outs of getting a Visa,IF we were to get the Final??

Has anybody on here ever travelled to Moscow before??

I don't want to tempt fate by talking about it,but it would be handy to know how it all works.

COME ON YOU BLUES!!

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Whatever set of supporters get there it sounds like its going to be a fix up.

Heard a rumour that the visa is around the £90 mark and the flights and hotels will cost a bomb!

Like I said never been there,but it sounds like the worst place to have a european final.

Can anybody reassure me that Moscow is a great place??

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You've never been in the hospitality? Man, you've never lived! The fresh fish is to die for. There's free cockles and whelks with vinegar and everything! Not to mention the dancing girls (russian, of course). Roman comes around handing out free money too. Boy, you don't know what you're missing!

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RIP OFF!!!!!!!!!!!

That's nothing...be prepared to really be ripped off, should we progress to the final. Ithink Moscow is one of the most expensive cities in the world. 431.gif

So? Thousands upon thousands of fans will still travel should we make the final.

Glory, some of our lads, (optimists one and all), have already booked flights and accomodation. Not to Moscow itself mind, but to somewhere not too far away where it is much, much cheaper to get to and relatively simply to travel in for the game.

I myself haven't booked to go yet, (and I don't wont to say where it is either), for fear of jinxing us.

Although I swore I'd never go there again after losing the semi-final last season, I shall be at Anfield on Tuesday and if we get any sort of decent result there I may well take the gamble and book it then.

It is a tip worth remembering for those travelling to away games abroad. The flight deals to Moscow will be skyhigh because they know there will be a huge demand. If so, don't fly there. Go somewhere else in the country, or indeed to a different country altogether, and travel in from there. Make sure you check the travel arrangements and links carefully though. We have done it this way many, many times and have never had a problem. Normally saves us a packet too.

Tea Bar Boy may have some good info on different options and ways of doing it. He's in the travel game.

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Ive heard horror stories about Moscow. Its going to cost an arm and a leg to get there. As just said might be best to look at going via Riga or Tallin. Its dodgy as f**k too, i know some lads who went there last year when England played there and they got robbed by the old bill! Phones and all!

I havent looked yet, i promised myself i wouldnt ever do that again after booking flights and hotel in 2004 ( i was that confident) and i learnt my lesson.

Its a disgrace its there to be honest.

Still, first things first...

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It is a tip worth remembering for those travelling to away games abroad. The flight deals to Moscow will be skyhigh because they know there will be a huge demand. If so, don't fly there. Go somewhere else in the country, or indeed to a different country altogether, and travel in from there. Make sure you check the travel arrangements and links carefully though. We have done it this way many, many times and have never had a problem. Normally saves us a packet too.

Not sure if it's any less expensive, but one option could be to fly to Helsinki and take the Tolstoy train to Moscow. The train leaves from Helsinki in the evening and it arrives in Moscow in the morning. Never used it myself, but I've heard that customs, money exchange and the like can all be handled on the train while travelling, so it sounds like a pretty easy way to travel, it just takes quite a bit longer than if you fly ofcourse. But like I said, I'm not sure if it's a cheap way to travel. And ofcourse you could fly to Tallinn, Riga, Minsk or Kiev and take a train from there, but I know even less about those options.

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Right.

Well (without wanting to jinx the whole thing) if anyone hears of any decent alternative route please PM me.

We've travelled alternative routes before to european aways (Super Cup in Monaco via Milan,Oporto via Lisbon)....

... BUT RUSSIA IS SO F**KING BIG!!!!!!!!!

I too will be going to Anfield,I missed out on the previous 2 semis up there.....but I'm really looking forward to Tuesday night!

Its going to be a long drive home!!!

COME ON YOU BLUES!!

And whole dodgy thing,I have heard some horror stories!

My cousin went there as a foreign exchange student and was basically mugged by the local plod!!

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Rob , Just

Send me a pm if we get through I have a couple of options on hold already should we get through.

Can't do anthing about the cost of the visa but have a contact that I have agreed a bulk cost with might be a bit more than £95.00 but it will mean no one has to go down there at 5am to queue up.

I will post various flight hotel options and the cheapest routes when we get through.

St Petersburg and train is worth a look icon_wink.gif

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Hi Guys

Have spoken to a friend who travels to Russia at leats once a mth on business

If you are planning to stay in another city and travel around you must register with the local police your wereabouts if you are leaving a particular city or staying in one for more than 2 days

there is no way they will be able to process all the visas in time hence why they are doing them at chelsea when you buy your tickets ( if results = final)

I have looked for packages and the best I could find were £969 each for 2 nights on travelocity

Having done the stockholm trip I may find that going with the club may be the only real option - i don't think a back street 1 star in moscow may be quite as safe as in some other more developed european cities

Have found some reasonable flights but they are really hiking up the rates at the hotels £400 a room a night at the holiday Inn!!!

Have located some apartments that will sleep 4-6 so that would only work out at £75 each per night

There is also a cruise ship charging £330 for the two nights but doesn't explain if that is per person or per cabin

A wait and see on all fronts is best at present its not worth risking £1k on something we may not need!!!

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Was just starting a new thread and spotted this.

I traveled a lot to Moscow last year through work and it is not going to be pretty and plenty of time off work needed.

For a start they are 3 hours ahead with a flight to Moscow 4.5 hours so it is the best part of a day to get there.

Flights to Moscow are difficult from Heathrow, there are basically 2 a day BA and BMI. The best deal I can find is staying overnight in Vienna with Austrian airlines. Even this is 450 quid. For a UK Airline I reckon about a grand plus.

Hotels in Moscow for anything half decent are 300 CU's (These are currency units and what most hotels charge).. They decide the currency later ! Normally decide they are pounds if you are English, but can decide they are USD or EURO sometimes icon_rolleyes.gif

Visa issue will be a pain. I can’t see how the club can issue visa's normally you need an invite letter from the hotel you are staying at. So I think you will need a hotel in advance still.

Please be aware you are not always guaranteed a visa I have been 10 + times and been refused a visa twice. And I am squeaky clean so to speak. They don’t always give a reason either.

Having said that I hope that Uefa have done their home work before selecting this venue and it should not be too much trouble for genuine fans.

Public transport should not be too bad, but I wouldn't fancy it one bit in the evening after the game ! .. So good luck and travel safe if you are trying to get to somewhere in the outskirts or another city... Don’t underestimate the size of Russia and how far away Moscow is from everything.. it is F***** huge !

Taxis are reasonably priced, but can be a nightmare in terms of if the car makes it to the destination icon_lol.gif and English speaking drivers are difficult to come by.

Again I hope that UEFA have done the home work and there will be special buses and coaches etc.. but I doubt it !!

Also something to be wary of, if you get stopped by Police and they want to see your papers it will cost you 300 rubles about 30 quid to get your papers back off them.. Don’t argue pay ! It is totally corrupt, but I have been told it is easier and cheaper to just pay them icon_mad.gif it has happened to me 4 times.

All in all, if we get there I think it is a brilliant venue in a fantastic city.. but not really the city to host something like this to be honest.

It is going to be time consuming and expensive. Should we get there lets hope the club and UEFA have thought about all these issues in advance.

I hope to go still.. ball.gif Come on Chelsea !

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Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Portugal, even Italy and i would of gone. Would of drove their myself no problem, £60 on ferry and £200 on fuel, plus tickets and food/drink, could of done it on £500ish.

But no way am i giving up a couple of £k to go to Russia, I can see a big % of our fans not being able to afford this ? I spend that much to take a family of 4 abroad for 2 weeks all in.

On top of that, i got a slim to no f**king chance of getting a visa, unless they got drowned with applications and just threw them through without checking them, i was terrible as a young boy PDT_kar.gif

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Trips with spending money - (remember Russia is one of the most expensive citys in the world) will run into thousands, similar prices for a family holiday somewhere for a couple of weeks.

Once again fans are last thing on EUFA's mind - who ever organised this venue wants to get lost roaming around Moscow late at night, they won't have it there again.

Another 2 fingers up to football fans across Europe!

Disgrace!!!

I doubt I'd be able to go and as a life long supporter and ST holder for over 10 years I'm gutted.

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I haven't had the guts to tell my mates yet,but if we do make it...

....I really cant see me affording it.

The cheapest way we have found to travel to Moscow is by Train from Poland,but even that looks out of my reach.

You are going to need a few quid when you arrive as well,to bribe the police.

What a joke!

I read that article in the times this morning and what he says is true!

Who can afford £1000 at the end of a long season??

I have already done 35 games home and away this season and I'm scraping together the cash for my Season ticket renewal 08/09.

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Another 2 fingers up to football fans across Europe!

Disgrace!!!

It'd be two fingers up to football fans across Europe if UEFA didn't give countries like Russia the opportunity to host a European Cup final. I think it would be more of a disgrace if only a handful countries could act as hosts.

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