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Author jeanbon
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#46 | Posted: 31 Jul 2017 14:56 
nfmungard:
I think they are messing with you. Having been to Iran does not cancel any US trip for 5 years. It just makes you unsuited for ESTA. Instead you have to go the embassy, do a Gesinnungscheck as we would call them in German and then you get a Visa; a friend recently did. I think on top it costs you 100$. It should go without saying, but I would definitively NEVER lie to the American (or German for that matter) immigration authorities.

Yes, i can obtain a special and expensive visa, but it's annoying. I have to give a lot of personnal informations. And in your opinion, it's valid forever? That means, if i can't lie by omission, i couldn't go to US anymore without this visa??? I normally don't need visa for going to US.

Author nfmungard
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#47 | Posted: 31 Jul 2017 15:04 
jeanbon

If you have been to Iran you can't go to the US without visum. PERIOD. And again: Do not try to trick them with legalities such as omissions. Get a visa and get it done; ESTA is off the table for the time being if you have been to Iran. And this applies also for simple transit flights.

Author Solivagant
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#48 | Posted: 31 Jul 2017 15:08 | Edited by: Solivagant 
jeanbon:
That means, if i can't lie by omission, i couldn't go to US anymore without this visa???

NO -
5 years after you went to Iran you can go to USA either to stay as a tourist or to transit on the Visa Waiver scheme WITHOUT a visa. After 5 years you cn legitimately answer "no" to the question "have you visited xxxxx in the last 5 years?". Before the 5 years are up, the legal requirement is that you apply for visa - which includes a face to face interview. I haven' t yet read a report of anyone who went to Iran for purely "touristic" reasons who has already applied for a visa on these terms ( they are an Obama era thing NOT a Trump one so there ought to be known examples of how the US has acted somewhere on the Web!). One would hope that the US authorities would be sensible.
As for how long a US tourist visa lasts after issue. You can get 10 year visas or 6 mth ones - I don't know the difference in cost or in the likely difference in difficulty of getting one. It partly depends on citizenship ( all other things being equal). If/when you need then do some Web searches!!. Onthis web site both Els and I face this problem having visited Iran last year.
By the way a US visa in UK costs $160 - the French cost may or may not be the same as the German cost.

Author jeanbon
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#49 | Posted: 31 Jul 2017 15:10 
Are you sure? Now all my travels will cost 100€ more forever if i want to go to US?? It's crazy!

Author nfmungard
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#50 | Posted: 31 Jul 2017 15:15 

Author jeanbon
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#51 | Posted: 31 Jul 2017 15:16 
Solivagant:
NO - 5 years after you went to Iran you can go to USA either to stay as a tourist or to transit WITHOUT a vias on the Visa Waiver scheme. Before the 5 years are up the legal requirement is that you apply for visa - which includes a face to face interview. I haven' t yet read a report of anyone who went to Iran for purely "touristic" reasons who has already applied for a visa. One would hope that the US authorities would be sensible.As for how long a US tourist visa lasts after issue. You can get 10 year visas or 6 mth ones - I don't know the difference in cost or in the likely difference in difficulty of getting one. It partly depends on citizenship ( all other things being equal). If/when you need do some Web searches?

...I didn't read this 5 years "ban" information, but i prefer your statement :D.
I believed that when i will buy another passport, it would be sufficient for going to US

Author Sjobe
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#52 | Posted: 1 Aug 2017 05:31 | Edited by: Sjobe 
Just a tiny note to this Russian visa discussion. Firstly, I must admit that as a Finnish person I'm in a lucky position because we have comparatively easy and cheap visa procedure due to Finland's special (love/hate, friend/enemy, etc.) neighbour relationship with Russia. Anyway, just in case someone doesn't know, there have been already some years a possibility to visit Russia without visa by travelling by ferry from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg. You can stay maximum 72 hours in Russia without visa but you should return by same ferry. Officially the visa-free journey is only for tourist groups so you must leave and enter the Saint Petersburg ferry terminal only by the official shuttle bus but after that you are free to go wherever you want. If you stay overnight you also should have a hotel confirmation/voucher. So this is one alternative to visit Russia (mostly Saint Petersburg and environments) without any visa hassle. And of course you can combine it to your visit to Finland ;)

More information and booking from the shipowner's web site (English pages are "under construction" but maybe you can use Google Translate): http://www.stpeterline.fi

Author Solivagant
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#53 | Posted: 24 Aug 2017 07:56 | Edited by: Solivagant 
A report on BBC radio today visited Sevastopol and Chersonese and described the growing "Russification" of the WHS.
If you can access BBC (I have provided the World Service link in the hope that this isn't blocked like UK channel broadcasts are), listen around 17 minutes in on this program
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csvnrn
It appears that very large numbers of Russians are now visiting Chersonese on "Pilgrimage" whilst of course the number of Non Russian visitors has plummeted to almost zero. The reason for so many pilgrims seems to derive from the branding of the site as the location where the Christianization of Rus began (even BEFORE Kiev) - "(Chersonese) remained in Byzantine hands until the 980s, when it reportedly fell to Kiev. Vladimir the Great agreed to evacuate the fortress only if Basil II's sister Anna Porphyrogeneta would be given him in marriage. The demand caused a scandal in Constantinople. As a pre-condition for the marriage settlement, Vladimir was baptized here in 988, thus paving the way to the Baptism of Kievan Rus'. Thereafter Korsun' was evacuated." (Wiki)

For obvious reasons Vladimir Putin is particularly active in boosting this aspect of Russian historical "claims" on the place and has recently (Aug 18 2017) visited the site as part of a visit to the Crimea (his 2nd visit there at least - see later). See http://articleable.info/articles/putin-in-22085 and http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/55364

On this occasion he said that "It is necessary to create the Russian Mecca here". In 2015, he was quoted as saying that the location "is as sacred to Russian Orthodox Christians as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is to Jews and Muslims" - whilst at the same time taking the site under federal control - http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/putin-intervenes-in-crimean-row/ (just wonderful, with Putin at Chersonese, trowel in hand, as the "keen amateur archaeologist"!!)

The new director who eventually emerged after the contretemps described in the above link was interviewed during the BBC program and has obviously taken on board the "correct" historical view about the site's "Russian" importance and even uses the "Russian Jerusalem" phrase!

Author elsslots
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#54 | Posted: 24 Aug 2017 13:54 
Solivagant:
(just wonderful, with Putin at Chersonese, trowel in hand, as the "keen amateur archaeologist"!!)

Really great pic. Does not show him as manly though as usual.

Author Solivagant
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#55 | Posted: 25 Aug 2017 05:46 | Edited by: Solivagant 
elsslots:
Does not show him as manly though as usual.

Ah - but he has a "sensitive side"! If you want "manly" then see this for another of his "Archaeological exploits" in wet suit having "deep dived" to retrieve "two amphorae that had been waiting for him since the 6th century AD at a depth of two metres," wrote the Novaya Gazeta newspaper in an editorial dripping with sarcasm. "He was lucky: in the same place, over the last two years archaeologists and divers of the Russian Academy of Sciences managed to find only a few pottery shards."
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/aug/12/vladimir-putin-greek-urns-ridicule
This is obviously what they were referring to when they called him a "keen amateur archaeologist"!

See here for more on the ruins of Phanagoria - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phanagoria
It is on the "Russian" side of the Sea of Azov rather than on the Crimean peninsula so could be a possible future nomination - but what about an "extension" to Chersonese as - "Greek Colonies of the Black Sea"!?

Author winterkjm
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#56 | Posted: 30 Sep 2017 05:47 | Edited by: winterkjm 

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Author barabanov
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#58 | Posted: 3 Oct 2017 15:36 | Edited by: barabanov 
Was walking several times around Melnikov house, still have to go inside. It's located just off Old Arbat Street and surrounded by ugly newer buildings. Not sure that this house alone merits inscription, but if combined with some other works of this architect, it could be attempted. The trouble is that it's in very bad condition, as for this site there have been legal battle between various heirs in the last 30 years concerning the ownership and due to this reason no funds could be allocated by the state. Finally Getti Fund issued some money and there chances that so needed restoration would take place. But the legal issue will be an obstacle, one heir owns 1/8th, another 1/4th, etc. Other his works are in even worse condition. So, a lot of is still to be done..

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