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Golden Triangle of Russia
3 Wonderful Russian Destinations In Spectacular 9 Days!!
Golden Triangle of Russia is unique opportunity to visit Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Crimea. This tour will take you to Moscow, one of the most breathtaking capitals in the world. Then you will visit Crimea where you can find beautiful nature, mountains, valleys and beautiful coasts of the Black Sea. After discovering Crimea you will see one of the world's most beautiful cities, St. Petersburg, which has all the ingredients for an unforgettable travel experience
The flagship 10 days Europe tour takes you firstly to France, then Switzerland, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and finally back to England. You will get the chance to take in world famous cities such as Amsterdam, Paris and Venice. Furthermore, you will be able to sample the slower-paced and more relaxing lifestyle that Europe also offers with an overnight stay in a small village in the Swiss Alps. With an unbeatable itinerary that offers the chance for you to experience a massive amount of what Europe has to offer in a short time.
Itinerary

Day -1Arrival in Moscow, meeting with ESG, check in to the hotel

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Over Night Stay in Hotel

Day 2Moscow City Tour

Moscow city tour – A brisk tour to see the main attractions of capital of Russia.
This tour will cover all the major significant places of the Russian capital – you visit the Red Square, the so-called heart of the capital, and then pass through the historic Alexander Garden, walk along the Manezh Square and visit the Temple of Christ the Savior. Next, your route will allow you to evaluate the unforgettable views of the Moscow Kremlin from quay – a unique river and majestic monument to Peter the Great by sculptor Zurab Tsereteli. The excursion includes an external examination of the Kremlin.
Also you will see Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory) and Poklonnaya Hill, the Arc de Triomphe on Kutuzov Avenue, House of the Russian Government.

Moscow – the capital of Russia, her heart. Regardless of your purpose of visit to the capital, do spare 3-4 hours to experience a sightseeing tour of Moscow, which will allow you to get an idea of the largest metropolis in the Russian Federation, its cultural and historical attractions. The tour is carried out, accompanied by experienced guides, which in addition to the standard orientation program will tell you about the unique history of the main city of Russia. After all, despite the fact that Moscow was founded in the XII century, it continues to expand and improved and thus is becoming more beautiful.
During the excursion you will see the historic center in all its beauty, feel the contrast of historic buildings and modern skyscrapers and enjoy the beauty of the unique architecture of the capital and learn a variety of unique historical facts.

Duration of tour: 3-4 hours

Moscow: Novodevichy Monastery
Novodevichy Convent is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Moscow. Located on a peninsula that is surrounded on three sides by the Moscow River. The monastery is quite extensive and includes commercial and residential buildings, churches, bell towers.Novodevichy Convent was built in 1524, during the reign of Basil 3rd.

The Grand Duke made a promise to build it if the ary could recapture Smolensk from Lithuanian invaders. Place for the Novodevichy convent chose not easy – the icon of the Holy Mother of Smolensk (from Greek means “Putevoditelnitsa”) sent back from that field in Smolensk.
The name of the monastery is also shrouded in legends. According to one legend, during the Mongol-Tatar wars tributes to them was not always via money but sometimes they were carrying away the most beautiful of Russian girls. The girls were collected on the field before being taken away post which, the field came to be known as the Maiden, after these incidents a monastery was built there. The second legend says that the first Abbess of the Novodevichy Convent was the nun Helen, who bore the Devochkin name which then resulted in the current name in use. There is another opinion that the monastery was called Novodevichy unlike Ascension Monastery, which was before the revolution, in the territory of the Kremlin and was nicknamed “Starodevichim

In those days in the Novodevichy Convent received noble and rich women: the king’s wife, knights, their sisters, widows and daughters. They made very good contributions: gold, jewelry, silver, pearls, and there were also royal demesne lands award.
During the reign of Peter the 1st – he built a shelter for illegitimate children in the Novodevichy convent. The Children were properly raised and trained in the art of lace making. The Shelter in those times resembled a modern orphanage.
In 1812, the Novodevichy Convent was almost blown up by gundpowder. French soldiers of Napoleon’s army left open barrels of gunpowder primed with burning wicks to blow up, in the basement of the cathedral of Smolensk. Miraculously some Nuns noticed the explosives and thereby savedthe abode. But the story does not end there, Napoleon did not want to leave Moscow without destroying its main domain, and the Novodevichy convent in particular, and said he would not leave until he personally was not convinced of the destruction. He stood on the opposite bank of the Moskva River on the Sparrow Hills expecting and waiting for the fiery explosion and fire. To save the convent a Moscow house owner who was staying near the Novodevichy Monastery, set fire to his house. The explosion and fire was so big that Napolean did not have any doubts about the death of the Novodevichy Convent and his army retreated.
The Novodevichy Convent has a special attraction – the Novodevichy Cemetery. It is divided in turn into “old” (located on the territory of the monastery) and “new” (in 1898-1904). Built south of the monastery). On the “old” were buried the relatives and children of the royal family, well-known cultural figures, heroes of 1812: Denis Davydov, Pisemsky, Volkonsky, Odoevsky and others.
The “new” Novodevichy Cemetery has the second highest honor for burial in the Soviet Union after the Kremlin wall. On its territory are buried: Anton Chekhov (at his grave in the spring blossoms beautiful cherry orchard), Nikolai Gogol, ST Aksakov, II Levitan, Nadezhda Alliluyeva – Stalin’s wife, Lyubov Orlova, A. Tolstoy, Khrushchev, and many other famous personalities.

Duration of tour: 1,5 hour

Moscow: Izmailovo Kremlin

“Kremlin in Izmailovo” – is a unique center of culture and entertainment, based at the famous Vernissage in Izmailovo. Here you will meet amazing architecture and friendly atmosphere of the Russian monastery! Each guest Izmailovsky Kremlin find something for everyone! For the curious natures open: Museum of Bread, Chocolate Museum, Museum of Russian toys, Museum of the History of Vodka Museum of the History of the Russian Navy base. Creative individuals of any age can learn a new craft pottery workshop, a smithy, a workshop for painting and baking cakes, soap factories, workshops rag toys.

Day 3AM: Flight to Crimea |Meeting in Simferopol airport with ESG

Lion Safari Park Taigan
The Safari Park Taigan is situated in Crimea’s very picturesque area, 50 kilometres away from Simferopol.
It is home to more than 50 lions, including unique white lions. Visitors can watch how animals live and behave in natural environment. The park is equipped with special observation decks with total length of one kilometre. They allow admiring the lions from safe distance. In addition, Taigan has a mini-zoo and a stationary zoo, where giraffes, white lions, Himalayan bears, Australian ostriches, kangaroos, bald eagles and monkeys live.

Drop to the hotel in Yalta

Tasting at the Massandra wineries
Visit the Massandra Palace and the winery. The winery at Massandra has existed since the mid 19th Century. The cellars were built in 1894, as seven 150-metre tunnels bored deep into the mountainside. The Massandra Collection was originally built by Prince Lev Sergeivich Golitzin, who was a collector of Massandra wines and the best wines around the world. The Massandra Collection is a treasure trove of ancient wines. Visit the old cellar, and finish with a tasting of 6 of their flagship wines

Day 4AM: Swallow Nest by boat

Swallow Nest

130 years ago a wounded general came for treatment to the Crimea. For heroism in the Crimean war, the empire awarded him a land plot by the sea. On the high rock of Ai-Todor Cape, the warrior built a small wooden house: he was looking for solitude, romanticism and calm, just blue sky and Black Sea. The veteran called his humble house “The Castle of Love”. But history does not say whether it was love for a woman or for the incredible beauty of Crimea.
Swallow’s Nest is monumental and at the same time elegant, majestic and weightless. It is beloved by tourists, enjoys an incredible “stardom” and has even achieved the status of icon of Crimean peninsula.

Vorontsov Palace
This architectural monument to Romanticism is one of the shiniest pearls in the necklace that is Crimea. Created by people in tandem with nature, the Vorontsov Palace has amazed guests with its original look for almost two centuries.

Day 5AM: Tour to Sevastopol. Russian Black Sea fleet by boat | PM: Free time

Sevastopol: Russian Black Sea fleet

The Black Sea Fleet is a large operational-strategic command of theRussian (and formerly Soviet) Navy, operating in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea since the late 18th century. Its ships are based in various harbors of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, while its aviation and infrastructure is based in various locations in Crimea and Krasnodar Krai. It is considered to have been founded by Prince Potemkin on May 13, 1783, together with its principal base, the city of Sevastopol. Russia struggled for a long time against its main rival in the region, the Ottoman Empire, with the Ottoman Navy Being its main opponent in the Black Sea. The Black Sea Fleet defeated the Turks in 1790, and fought the Ottomans during World War I, the Romanians during World War II

Day 6AM: Drop to Simferopol airport

Flight to St-Petersburg
Meeting with ESG, check in to the hotel, free time

Day 7St-Petersburg City Tour

St. Petersburg – an extraordinarily beautiful city, built on the banks of the Neva river. One of the most important cultural, industrial cities of the Russian Federation. Its location, architecture, history attracts more than 5 million tourists each season, from around the world.
If you have arrived in the northern capital for the first time, you need to order a sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg. In just a few hours of sightseeing, you will see a large number of attractions that will leave you enchanted.
Standard sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg begins at the Moscow station – one of the city’s oldest station (opened in 1851). It is here that the basic number of guests of St. Petersburg start exploring the city. Sitting in the car, you will pass through the main streets of St. Petersburg. Every part of the city plays an important role in the history of St. Petersburg.
On a tour of the St. Petersburg guide will tell you about the history of the main street – Nevsky Prospect. Later you will visit all the major attractions of the northern capital.
In addition, during the tour of St. Petersburg you will enjoy the beauty of the Neva River, with its impressive bridges and historic ships. That there is a well-known veteran cruiser “Aurora”.
During a city tour you will see the most important and historically significant attractions.

– Kazan Cathedral (orthodox temple Russian military glory)
– St. Isaac’s Cathedral (architectural monument of late classicism)
– Hermitage (the legendary art treasure-house)
– Palace Square, Bronze Horseman (Monument to the founder of St. Petersburg)
– Peter and Paul Fortress (Fortress, the tomb of the Russian tsars and former prison)
– Palace squere with Winer Palace
– Spit of Vasilievsiy Ileand
– Cathedral on the spoiled blood

Duration of the tour: 3-4 hours

Cathedral on the Spilled Blood
Cathedral on the Spilled Blood(official name Church of the Resurrection) began to build in 1883 on the very spot where the bomb was blast in March 1, 1881. Ignatius Grinevitsky was mortally wounded Tsar Alexander II. The day after this tragic event was erected a wooden chapel, but from different provinces of the donations for the monument began to arrive in large numbers, and it was decided to build a temple. It was build within 24 years old, from 1883 to 1907. Since the building was erected on the banks of the Canal Griboyedov, architects abandoned the use of piles and a concrete base built over the entire area to prevent water has passed under the building.
Entrance to the temple originally was not open to all comers. It held only service dedicated to the memory of the deceased king.
With the advent of Soviet power and stopped the financial support by the state of the cathedral, and in 1938 he decided to disassemble and does build this place for something more useful. Soon, however, the war and the fate of the temple ceased to be a priority. During the siege the building was used as both the morgue and vegetable store. “Savior on potatoes” – so named it in the Soviet times.
When the war ended, the temple still decided not to demolish, but the original appearance he did not return, the building was used for many years for the storage of decorations Maly Opera Theater (today – St. Michael’s). For visitors of the Resurrection Temple was opened relatively recently – in 1997 after a major renovation and 90 years after the consecration.
The temple was built as a memorial to the tragic event, but by looking at this right can not be said. Against the background of strong architecture of St. Petersburg, he seems to be a gingerbread house, like St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.
Among the elements of luxury decoration – fancy head of the cathedral, in the technique of enamel jewelry, magnificent mosaic panels with a total area of 7 thousand square meters. Gold letters of 20 granite boards on the facades of the church immortalized main events of the reign of Alexander II.
Under the shade of gray-purple jade in the temple grille with Catherine Canal is kept to this day and stones with the very same bridge, which killed the Emperor fell.
Inside the temple it is even more impressive than the outside. This is due to the fact that it was not designed for a mass visit, only for the elite. Here you can see the inlaid marble floors, rich collection of gems and colored tiles on which worked the best artists from all over the Russian Empire.
The most important place in the temple, not counting the altar, this is the point where the murder was committed. Above it was built tent canopy jasper topaz with a cross on top and underneath it is still stored the stones from the pavement, which fell dead emperor

St-Petersburg: Hermitage museum
It is one of the largest art museums in the world, with its exhibits placed in more than 350 rooms. A special place is occupied by the state rooms of the Palace. In 2015 St. Petersburg Hermitage entered the top ten most visited museums in the world as rated by the British publication The Art Newspaper.

The State Hermitage Museum – one of the greatest assets of the Russian Federation is not only the most important museum in St. Petersburg, but also one of the largest art museums in the world. Hermitage consists of six historic buildings located along the banks of the Neva river. The heart of the Hermitage is the Winter Palace (the former residence of the kings).

A sightseeing tour of the Hermitage will allow you to get acquainted with the front rooms of the Winter Palace, the main residence of the Russian imperial family. The tour starts at the Hermitage with the famous Jordan Staircase and first passes through the halls of the Neva enfilade, which was host to all the official ceremonies and celebrations. Tourists will see the Antechamber, Nicholas and Concert Halls, the Malachite Room and the Small dining room. The interiors of the rooms have been reconstructed after a fire in 1837 in accordance with the mode of the mid XIX century. Of particular interest is the gallery of portraits of the Romanov family and the War Gallery of 1812. During a tour of the Hermitage, the participants will see a collection of Western European paintings, which has no equal. In the halls of the Hermitage are present works of all periods in histiry-from ancient Egypt and ending with the Western European and Oriental part of the XX century

Of particular interest to tourists is the Knights’ Hall, which presents the figures of knights in authentic garb. Of course, the tour of the Hermitage gives only an initial idea of this largest museum in Russia and Europe, because as they say, if one sees all the exhibits in the Hermitage and stops at each exhibit only one minute, it will take as much as 11 years to complete.

The finest museum in Russia and one of the best in the world!

Day 8St-Petersburg: Peterhof (Park and Palace)

Once Peter the Great visited Versailles – the country residence of the French king Louis XIV. He liked it very much: a magnificent palace, a huge formal garden, pavilions, gazebos, sculptures. But most of all liked the Emperor Versailles fountains. So He decided to build not the same, but a better palace at home with parks and fountains. Within two years of founding of the Northern capital, he began to build his dream palace on the southern shore of the Gulf in a place called Peterhof. However, the most surprising thing in the fountains of Peterhof is not just their numbers or beauty, it is the way they work. It does not use water pumps or any electrical aids. The water is carried to the fountains by gravity.
The town lies on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. This is the third century Peterhof which amazes tourists with unique palaces, views, sculptures & grace. Of course the most important attraction of this town is the Grand Peterhof Palace. On the territory of the palace stretches Lower Park and the Upper Gardens. Lower Peterhof Park- is insanely beautiful sight. Regular park was built on the model of the residence of the French king Louis XIV. The park attracts viewers in many different fountains and small buildings. You will see Monplaisir, Ekaterinensky body, Marly Palace, Pavilion “Hermitage”, as well as a special storage room and open-air cages. One of the most notable is dvortsov- “Monplaisir”, as there are kept personal belongings of Peter I. Even the Emperor loved them more than anything. This palace is considered the “heart” of Peterhof, as the emperors continually conducted their receptions, dinners, important meetings

Fountains of Peterhof
Peterhof is known for the splendor of its fountains. This area was chosen precisely because of reservoirs, which still flow in the fountains of Peterhof delighting visitors. You can enjoy the beauty Merlinsky cascade “Gold Mountain” Lion cascade Menager fountains. Fountains Petergofa- is not just streams of water spurting out of the ground. It is something beatiful and certainly unforgettable.
This year, the closing of the 2016 summer season will take place on 17 and 18 September. “Holiday of fountains” will be held in honor of this. This is a very spectacular sight. As soon as darkness falls over the city, the presentation begins with multicolored fountain rays, lasers, lights, projections and pyrotechnic installations.

Duration of tour: 5 hours

Neva river or Canal boat cruise in the night or in the day

Tour of the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg is one of the most popular excursions in St. Petersburg, which is offered in the summer and autumn seasons. A city on the Neva River with its many branches: the Big and Small Neva, Nevka and others. St. Petersburg has more than 300 rivers and canals, so the city is often called the Venice of the North.

Walk along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg begins either on the Anichkov bridge, where Nevsky Prospect crosses the Fontanka River, either from the Peter and Paul Fortress, either from Green Bridge next to the Kazan area.
Route trips on the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg will be held on the Fontanka, Moika, Canal Griboyedov, the Kryukov Canal. Walk along the Neva River will allow to see the tip of Vasilyevsky Island, the Winter Palace, the famous Peter and Paul Fortress, the legendary cruiser Aurora.

Walk along the Neva, this is an opportunity to see the city the way it is seen by travelers arriving by water. You will see the main attractions of the city:
– Peter and Paul Fortress
– Hermitage
– Anichkov Palace
– Mariinskii Opera Theater
– The house in which Pushkin lived in his later years.

Duration of tour: 1,5 – 3 hours

Day 9Drop the airport

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Visas are the responsibility of the individual Traveller. Visas can take several weeks to process. Our tour consultant  will be happy to point to you in the right direction for acquiring visas. Visa process can be done through us on a nominal service fees on case to case basis.
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If you Cancel your Holiday
10 days or less before departure: 100% of the package cost
11 to 20 days before departure: 30% of the tour cost
21 to 30 days before departure: 25% of the tour cost
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As per the Booking Terms & Conditions, we are constrained to levy the aforesaid Cancellation Charges in addition to the actual expenditure incurred towards visa fees , travel insurance charges, retention charges by overseas supplier etc., Company reserves the right to cancel a tour departure without assigning any reason. Under such circumstances amount paid by you will be refunded after deducting the actual expenses incurred by us like visa fees, travel insurance charges etc., but no compensation is payable. All refunds shall be given in Indian Rupees only.

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General information about Russian Federation

India and Russia enjoy deep friendly relations historically, culturally, and politically.

This not only helps person-to-person relations but contributes to business cooperation across industries, including such strategic spheres as defense and nuclear energy. Around 1468, merchant Afanasi Nikitin became the first Russian to set foot on the Indian soil, initiating relations between two nations that have been growing stronger since then. Around 1949, Dharti-Ke-Lal Directed by K. A. Abbas became the first Indian film to be seen by Russian – then Soviet – audience.

Since then, Russian people have seen more than 300 Indian films while legendary actors like Raj Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty are house hold names in Russia where a 24- hour Indian Movie channel dubbed in Russian language is operating today. Quite a few of our traditional value systems are identical in the Russian way of life. They call tea as ‘chai’ being the first obvious similarity you will notice.

We all know that Russia – is the country with a great history and rich cultural traditions. And we are glad that you have a desire to learn more about it. Undoubtedly, the way of life in Russia is different from European or Asian – we have something to surprise you! Many of you may think of cold Russia a country where, to keep warm, it is necessary to wear the hat with ear flaps and drink vodka. Yes, winter is really cold, but cold temperatures outside offset by the warmth of communication. Maybe you’ve heard that Russian women – the most beautiful in the world? Come and make sure that it’s true. We would be pleased if you’re not scared of complexity of the Russian language and learn a few phrases in it. While you probably already know the word “communism”, “Stalin” and “perestroika”

We will be happy to help you to explore this great country!

India and Russia enjoy deep friendly relations historically, culturally, and politically. This not only helps person-to-person relations but contributes to business cooperation across industries, including such strategic spheres as defense and nuclear energy.

 

Around 1468, merchant Afanasi Nikitin became the first Russian to set foot on the Indian soil, initiating relations between two nations that have been growing stronger since then.

Around 1949, Dharti Ke Lal Directed by K. A. Abbas became the first Indian film to be seen by Russian  – then Soviet – audience. Since then, Russian people have seen more than 300 Indian film while legendary actors like Raj Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty are householdnames in Russia where a 24- hour Indian Movie channel dubbed in Russian language is operating today.

 

Quite a few of our traditional value systems are identical in the Russian way of life. They call tea as ‘chai’ being the first obvious similarity you will notice. Like Indians, Russians are very loyal and welcoming people. Like India, Russia is a very security conscious country – provided the number of terroristic attacks the country have seen in past two decades. Here are few things every Indian tourist should note about Russia and Russians:

Russia and Russians

  1. Russians like India, its culture and history. Most Russians have a positive image about India and expect closer, increased relations and co-operation between the two countries.
  2. Smiling to strangers is not a part of Russian culture. Russians are polite and professional, and they do smile whole heartedly after they come to know you – which often takes time.
  3. Revolution and two world wars, dramatic political changes of the past century have a clear bearing on every Russian’s mind. Hence, Russian people think very deep while they generally look forward to a secure and prosperous future. For the same reasons, Russians can be protective about their culture, language and the country. Sometimes to the point of fiercely defending their beliefs.

Food in Russia

  1. Russians love having ‘Chai’ many times a day and you as a guest will be offered one. However, Russian ‘Chai’ is black or green, generally.
  2. The food in Russia differs from Indian traditions. I is primarily focused towards meat but there are sample choices of vegetarian foods and for the non-vegetarian, options like chicken, turkey, fish and pork are easily found.
  3. Russians love milk products and you will find many styles of cottage cheeses, processed cheese, ice creams, dairy products in all sizes and possible flavours.
  4. Russian food contains almost no tropical spices and generally prepared with less salt.
  5. Many dishes like Borsch are quite like Indian soups and can be had with or without meat, other dishes common are cutlets, puffs, rice can be both vegetarian and non-veg.
  6. Cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg have adequate number of pure Indian Restaurants of good quality and with vegetarian food being normally served.
  7. Junk food is available everywhere though options like McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Subway, Dominoes, etc. However, the may not have vegetarian options available in India. Also, McDonalds will not give a free tomato sauce – you will have to buy it as a menu item. 
  8. Normal European standards of Tipping are followed with normal range being between 7-15% of invoice/cheque value
  9. If you are an Indian spice lover, do carry the needful quantity of Indian pepper or garam masala or whatever that fancies your taste buds. These spices are not easily available can be very costly.
  10. Drinking water is not free anywhere, like in other parts of Europe. You will have to buy small quantities which is expensive or stock up 5 liter cans available in product shops or hyper markets

Cities and places

  1. Moscow and St. Petersburg are modern, beautiful cities sharing European mentality and way of life. Culture, art, history are the main components of these cities’ significance.
  2. Like in western Europe, water is not free anywhere. You will have to buy small quantities which is expensive or stock up 5 liter cans available in product shops or hyper markets.
  3. Drinking alcohol is common practice but drinking on the streets is prohibited.
  4. Please do follow road signs, warning signs and pedestrian rules while on walking tours and in traffic conditions – Russian roads are quite disciplined and rules are enforced.
  5. You will notice that the cities are clean, kindly note and utilize the waste bins provided almost every 50 metres in most of the cities.
  6. Using public toilets is generally paid like in most of the European cities.
  7. Please do not light up your favorite Agarbatti in the hotel room. This is an absolute no-no because of the other International tourists who complaint about the fragrances or have allergies to strong fragrances. Do pray, but hold the Agarbatti for a few days.

Immigration control

  1. Russian immigration/passport control officers do their proper job! They often double-check things, which causes time delays.
  2. Do not say you are a businessman when you arrive on a tourist visa and with a tour package. If asked the reasons for visit, answer by name and say that you travelling as tourist to visit beautiful Russia.
  3. Most of immigration/passport control officers do not speak English. They may ask you to wait by using sign language. There is no reason for panicking or having an ego about it.
  4. Alternatively, you can just handle over your passport along with the travelers kit provided to you by your Tour Operator – this kit contains a copy of your invitation letter, hotel reservation details, copy of airline tickets and the contact details of the person who is receiving you at the airport.
  5. Please do not raise your voice or argue un-duly or take any pictures as they are strictly prohibited.
  6. In any situation, please be calm & speak the truth based on your documents, if delayed read a book or relax. Normal people always get through 
  7. Kindly do not get into an argument or shouting match with the Immigration officer as arguments may  result in you being deported or worse!

 

The immigration/passport controls across the globe work almost in a similar manner. The only goal of the immigrations is to secure the borders and the citizens from threats. With Terrorism & Drug Prevention Protocols in place, security controls became stricter around the world. 

 

 

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