• Russia to join China in banning VPNs, also new regs for chat apps

    IN BRIEF | Russia will ban VPN apps from November 1st, joining China in a crackdown of software and cloud-based systems used to access websites with meet with the state's disapproval. Russian internet regulator Roskomnadzor is said to have a blacklist of thousands of web sites. A second bill si...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2017 15 Comments

  • How to get a visa invitation letter to visit Russia

    Applying for a Russian visa can be a daunting task, given that any visit to Russia requires a formal invitation to visit the country – usually by way of a visa invitation letter or visa support letter – which you’ll need to submit alongside your visa application to be successful...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2017 11 Comments

  • Emirates: new flights and better seats to Europe and Africa

    In addition to its new Adelaide flights and plans to provide Perth travellers with a triple-daily schedule to Dubai, Emirates is also expanding the all-important European and African connections that Australians use. London (Heathrow), Barcelona, Madrid, Moscow, Lyon, Warsaw, Lusaka and Harare g...

    POSTED 9 Jul, 2012 2 Comments

  • Abroadband: data roaming in 50 countries for 81c/MB

    The walls around global roaming costs continue to tumble down, with a new data roaming service available to travellers offering data at 81c/MB in more than 50 countries. The only catch? The SIM cards can only be delivered to European addresses at present, so it'll only be suitable for Australian...

    POSTED 8 Jun, 2011 2 Comments

  • Unlimited roaming data in 32 countries: new service

    A new service is offering unlimited mobile internet access in 32 countries around the world for a flat daily fee — adding yet another nail to the coffin of telcos' inflated global roaming data fees. We've recently covered some solutions to the problem of high data roaming fees (typically $...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Shortcut the Russian foreigner registration certificate process with a smartphone

    Russia has one of the most bureaucratic and convoluted visa and foreigner registration systems on the planet. There are ways to get around the process, generally involving paying specialists to sort the paperwork out for you back home. But even after getting your visa, there's still bureaucracy....

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2011 1 Comment

  • Moscow airport bombing: DFAT issues updated Russia travel warning

    35 people have been killed and over 150 wounded in a suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport. Australia's DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) has issued a warning for travellers to Moscow. The attack took place in the international arrivals terminal at Moscow's Domodedovo Airpo...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Russian airline S7 joins oneworld alliance

    The oneworld alliance has added a 12th member to its ranks in the form of S7 Airlines, based out of Moscow. S7 expands the alliance’s reach to almost all major cities in Russia as well as flights to most of the ‘istan’ countries in central Asia and eastern Europe. To promote th...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2010 0 Comments


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