I am going on a 12 day river cruise (ST. P to Moscow) and planned to come early and have 3 extra days in St. P before the cruise started. My visa application was denied for those 3 days and the (3-year, USA citizen) visa starts on the day the cruise begins instead. I am willing to pay the extra expense of training back to St. P from Moscow at the end of the cruise to stay longer, but I am wondering about the exit part of any trip to Russia. If my cruise ends on Sept 1st do I have to leave then or if I have hotel reservations till Sept 4th, can I stay till then? When you arrive in Russia (coming in by train from Talliinn) do they give you the date then for the required exit? What is the exit date based on?
I have to book the plane trip home soon and am not sure about what is allowed. Help! Can not believe they denied entry (with a letter from my booked hotel) when I wanted.