This page is for those families who have to travel to Moscow for visa processing, or those that choose to go through there on their way.

US State Department Consular Information Sheet on Russia external link.

Tourist Information

  • For guidebooks to Moscow, see the Bookstore in the Russia section.
  • For an excellent online guide, go to the Moscow Expat Site external link for advise about carrying money, list of reputable ATMs, restaurant guide, first time traveler advise, download customs declaration and visa application, Russian etiquette/customs, hints for children, and lots more.
  • Moscow Miniguide external link from Fodors: attractions, restaurants, hotels, shopping, travel tips, maps.
  • Etiquette and customs in Moscow external link.
  • Museums of the Moscow Kremlin external link is in Russian and English; German and Spanish links did not work.
  • Weather for Moscow: Weather Underground external link, Weather Channel external link, and Yahoo external link.
  • Search for an internet cafe in Moscow using Cybercafes external link and Cybercaptive external link. Your hotel will probably have one, or they can direct you to the closest one.
  • Moscow map external link with hotel locations.
  • Maps external link of Moscow airports, areas, department stores, etc.

I have also included the web sites for the foreign country embassies; some times parents want to stay for a little while in Germany, England or the Netherlands before continuing on home. Although the tourist information is directed at American citizens, the web sites provide contact information to find out what will be required for your child. Some airports are no longer allowing overnight visas issued at airports as they did in the past (as a Kazakh citizen your child will need a visa to leave a European airport); talk with your agency or contact the appropriate Embassy.

Air Astana external link (A7) is a new airline that flies Boeing 737 aircraft from Almaty and Astana to Moscow, as well as a few other destinations outside of Kazakhstan and domestically.

Transaero external link (UN) Airlines flies all over Russia, Europe, and into Kazakhstan - Almaty, Astana and Karaganda.

Aeroflot external link (SU) flies between Moscow and Kazakhstan and 92 other countries.

Sheremetyevo Airport external link (SVO), Moscow. International flights arrive and depart from terminal 2; flights within the CIS arrive and depart from terminal 1; they are not in the same location. Air Astana flies from Terminal 1. Arrival from Kazakhstan is less hectic because it goes into the domestic terminal. In Russian and English.
Domodedovo Airport external link (DME) is mostly for flights within Russia and the CIS.
Novotel Hotel external link and the Sheremetyevo-2 Hotel are at the Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow. They have a day rate for those that need a room between flights; they also have a free shuttle that can pick you up at the airport or take you to Red Square.

Academservice external link and All Russian Hotels external link have numerous hotels listed for Moscow.

Search link in new window and Travelocity link in new window for hotels.

Marriott external link has four hotels in Moscow. I can tell you from personal experience that the Grand location is wonderful. They are supposed to have an adoption rate, but you need to ask. On their web site, you get the adoption rate by entering A23 under corporate rate/promotional code; ATKD and A22 have also been used.

Sheraton Palace Hotel external link: more adoptive parents have been trying this hotel.

Adopting from Russia external link has information from adoptive parents on the hotels in Moscow as well as sight-seeing suggestions. This site also has information about Airlines external link that fly from Moscow to the US, and hotels in Amsterdam (if flying KLM you have to spend the night here because of the timing of the flights).

See the Travel Agents page for assistance in planning your travel. One that operates only in Russia is Peace Travel Services external link: Airfare within Russia and former Soviet Republics, Russian visa, arrange VIP service in Moscow airports, rent a cell phone, hotel and transfers in Moscow, special services for adoptive parents only external link while in Moscow, highly rated by adoptive parents. Others are Russian National Tourist Office external link and Russian Connections external link. For additional information about hotels, visit Moscow Hotel Reviews external link by someone who visited over 130 hotels.

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