What territories are closed to foreigners – info from the horse’s mouth

kgb-still-watchingPulled up enough courage to dial the KGB Murmansk number given on top of the application to visit Sredny and Rybachy on the regional Ministry of Natural Resources site. To my surprise they picked up the phone on my first attempt and quickly referred me to another number, +7 (8152) 454108, and that number again answered, but the answer was alas that yes, a special permission is required, and the traveller has to contact KGB via one of the registered tourist organizations in the Murmansk region, NOT directly as the statement on top of the form seems to imply. They say it takes about a month to get the permit.

So we now now how to easily get a credible answer as to what is closed off to foreign travellers, and an approximate procedure, although a local company with a proven track record of arranging for these permits needs to be found and tested.

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  1. Hi Uncle_Pasha,

    I from Asia. I like to have a 1 day tour to Sredny and Rybachy Peninsula from Murmansk. Possible ?

    Thank you.

    • To do that officially and risk-free you need to get a permit by applying through one of local inbound tour operators. They will not renter obtaining a travel permit as a separate service but will require you to sign up for one of their tours. Or you can travel there without the permit, at your own risk. If caught you’ll be held at the police station for a few hours, made to pay a fine, and possibly banned from obtaining the Russian visa for several years. But chances of getting caught are not very high. For details as to what operators are active on Sredny and Rybachy please e-mail me to manfriday@yandex.ru

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