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XLII Young European Radio Astronomers Conference
Pushchino Radio Astronomy Observatory
18-21 September 2012, Pushchino, Russia
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  Useful info
  If you are planning to visit only YERAC & Pushchino in Russia, you should apply for a humanitarian visa. If you are planning to visit something else in Russia (far beyond 17 – 22 September 2012), you should apply for a tourist visa.
  In any case we are waiting for the scanned copy of the first page of your passport till 15 July 2012. For persons working in the Country, which differs from ones’ nationality, should provide us with the document permitting their stay in this Country.
  Hard copy of invitation letters will be send to EU citizens in the early August (not early than 45 days before the beginning of the meeting) by express post. For the non-EU citizens this process takes for a while…
  Do not hesitate with the visa application. It can take 1 month or more and depends on a lot of factors.
  The most common documents for the visa application are (as an example for UK):
1. Current passport which should be valid for a minimum of six months after visa's expiration date and has at least 2 blank pages which do not need to be consecutive.
2. Proof of residence in UK for the last 90 days. One of the following documents should be submitted to confirm the same: a valid applicant's UK visa in passport/ last three months bank statements/ utility bills with applicant's name and address/ letter from employer specifying the start date of their employment OR for students, letter from University/ College specifying the date of enrolment and course details. Rent or mortgage agreements and phone bills are not acceptable.
3. Visa application form filled in and printed out from this website only. Kindly ensure that the dates of your entry and exit, as entered in the application form, match with or fall within the period specified in the supporting documents.
4. One recent passport size photo glued to the indicated space on the application form.
5. Invitation issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry or its regional representatives or by an appropriate Russian Federation Migration Service branch. The invitation must contain: official seal and legal address of the host institution, document registration number and date of registration, signature and name of the official authorized to invite foreigners to Russia, purpose of visit, dates of stay, names of persons invited.
For a multiple entry visa you are required to submit the original invitation; for single and double entry visas copies of invitations in particular cases may be accepted, though the Embassy's immigration officer may ask you to present the original invitation.
6. Introductory letter from your company/organization (or from yourself if you are self-employed) giving full details of the traveller, destinations, dates and purpose of the visit as well as stating the name of inviting organization, contact details of the responsible person in Russia and explaining who will take financial responsibility of the trip.
7. Insurance policy for the whole period of the stay in Russia. The policy document should show the validity for the duration of the journey as well as indicate the geographical area coverage as worldwide/including Russia. Copies of insurance cards are not admissible. If covered by Company insurance, a signed letter on the Company letterhead clearly confirming the validity of the insurance in Russia for the entire duration of the journey would suffice.
8. Applicants who are self-employed, company directors, working from home or unemployed
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  The Country currency is Russian ruble. Current exchange rates can be found at
  The weather in Russia in the second half of September is warm. Current weather at Pushchino Observatory (
  Pushchino is the one of the biggest biological centers in the Russia focusing on microbiology, molecular biology and biophysics. There are 9 biological institutes and only one radio observatory. Pushchino has the highest relief in the Moscow region. The population of the Pushchino counts ~20 000 people.
  Please, read this ( before your journey to the Russia.
  You can freely take in Russia all daily used electronic equipment you wish. Passengers who have nothing to declare, or carry exclusively goods exempt from customs duties and taxes (i.e. exempt from export/import restrictions and bans) should take the Green corridor. Passengers who carry goods subject to mandatory declaration (i.e. subject to customs duties, cost and quantity restrictions, etc.) should take the Red corridor. But there are some limitations:
- cost of equipment should be less than 5000 euro/ 650 000 Russian rubles (it isn't so strictly as it may seem);
- each of electrical equipment must be represented only in a single copy (excepting cell phones, for which person can take 2 items).
  If you are planning to stay longer than the conference’s dates (~few days) or visit other places than Pushchino and Moscow (no more than 5 places), please inform us about it as soon as possible. An invitation letter will cover such a visit. In that case you should apply for a humanitarian visa. If you are planning to stay in Russia for more than 2 weeks, please apply for a tourist visa by yourselves.
  Citizens of the following countries can enter to Russia without visa for duration of stay indicated in the left column of the table.