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Author: shar

Joined: 4/10/2010
Posts: 3
GCT Trips Taken: 2
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2010

August 25, 2011

Has anyone booked the Russia Revealed 9/8 trip at the last minute? If so, have you received your visa yet or have any idea how long it takes. Any information would be appreciated.

Author: hootie

Joined: 3/7/2010
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Traveler Since: 2001

August 25, 2011

shar...russian visa

I wasn't "last minute"  but it took approx. 3 weeks to get ours from PVS.  (We received ours in July for 9/18 trip)  I think in their application form, it stated you could pay more money for a quicker turn around time.  You could also call them, I think, to check on your status. 

The phone # I have for PVS is 1-703-908-0330 but GCT gave me one that is toll free, 1-800-556-9990. 

I don't know your situation, but I hope this helps.

Have a great trip.

hootie

Author: fleetfoot

Joined: 3/10/2010
Posts: 46
GCT Trips Taken: 8
OAT Trips Taken: 2
Traveler Since: 2006

August 25, 2011

We took our Russia Revealed trip last year (August 5th, 2010).  It was a last minute discount and we booked it 17 days before departure.  We (two couples) were concerned about getting the Russian visa and our passports back on time.  GCT assured us that we should have no problem getting it on time.  GCT emailed us the visa forms which we filled out and Fedex along with our passports that day to PVS.  I called PVS to find out when we should receive our passports and visas.  PVS said I should receive them in 7 days.  We did receive them in 8 days. Everything worked out and we were so glad about receiving a large discount.  It's a great trip.

Note: Our Russian visa probably cost more for the fast turnaround (Visa $180 per person, PVS fee $50 per person, and $25 mailing).

 

Author: shar

Joined: 4/10/2010
Posts: 3
GCT Trips Taken: 2
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2010

August 26, 2011

Thank you, I'll call PVS today sinc they received our passports this past Monday.

Author: shar

Joined: 4/10/2010
Posts: 3
GCT Trips Taken: 2
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2010

September 02, 2011

We recieved our visa's in the 8 days and the price was just as you said ($180+$50 and $25 mailing)

Author: fleetfoot

Joined: 3/10/2010
Posts: 46
GCT Trips Taken: 8
OAT Trips Taken: 2
Traveler Since: 2006

September 02, 2011

Shar,

Now that you have your visas, enjoy your trip.  It's nice to get a last minute discount.

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