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A Travel Checklist for Members of HotRussianBrides.com

29. August 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Thinking of visiting a special lady in Russia or the Ukraine? Here’s a detailed travel checklist to help members get organized and start planning the trip of a lifetime.


Become a Qualified Member

Thinking of meeting a lady from HRB? The very first thing you need to do is become a Qualified Member. A Qualified Member is simply a gentleman who has spent at least 1,000 credits on HotRussianBrides.com and has a Silver, Gold, or Platinum membership.


Complete the IMBRA Process

Once you’ve become a Qualified Member of HRB, you’re then eligible to complete the IMBRA process. The International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA) is a United States statute that requires background checks for all marriage visa sponsors and limits serial visa applications. IMBRA also requires background checks before speech or other forms of communication are permitted between American citizens and foreign nationals. To learn more about this process, please view the IMBRA tutorial video here. All members of HRB (not just Americans) must complete the IMBRA process. Approval generally takes about 24 hours.


Send Intimacy Request(s)

The next step in the travel checklist is the Intimacy Request. Simply put, an Intimacy Request is a request to exchange personal contact information with a lady, enjoy filter-free communication on HotRussianBrides.com, and/or meet in person. A lady has up to two weeks to approve or deny an Intimacy Request so fellows hoping to visit a specific woman shouldn’t wait until the last minute. View the Intimacy Request tutorial video for more information about this exciting part of the Russian dating process.


Buy Plane Tickets, Secure Travel Documents

Qualified, IMBRA-approved members with an approved Intimacy Request (or two) are well on their way to meeting a special lady in Russia or the Ukraine. It is at this stage in the game that most gentlemen begin researching and buying plane tickets and securing necessary travel documents.


Each country has different entry and exit requirements. Some only require a valid passport for entry while others, like Russia, require a letter of sponsorship and a Visa. It is crucial that a gentleman have all necessary documents before he attempts to enter another country, as travelers without proper documents will be turned away and sent home at their own expense. Passports, Visas, and sponsor letters are not documents one can get in a few days, so gentlemen should be sure to apply well in advance!


Contact Agency for Assistance

Though it is not required, many gentlemen choose to contact a lady’s local agency to arrange introduction packages. An introduction package can include hotel accommodations, transportation, translation services, in-person meetings, and more. We ask that a gentleman contact an agency at least three weeks prior to his departure to ensure the agency will have enough time to make the necessary arrangements. Email the HotRussisanBrides travel concierge at travel@hotrussianbrides.com for more information.


Research, Prepare

Many gentlemen find it helpful to do a little travel research in the days or weeks before their big trip. We’ve posted many articles to help gentlemen have a safe, pleasant time in Russia and the Ukraine. Here are a few that may be of use.


What Steps Can I Take When Traveling to Ukraine to Help Ensure My Safety
Staying Safe on HotRussianBrides – Meeting Up

Travel Tips

Rob’s Trip to Ukraine: Tips for Travelers and Russian Bride Seekers
Do’s and Don’ts for Traveling to Russia or Ukraine
Tips for Traveling Abroad
Handling Money in Ukraine

Meeting a Lady for the First Time

"The First Meeting"
"What Can I Expect When Meeting a Russian Bride for the First Time?"
"The First Meeting: What NOT to Expect"

Visit the “Best Places in Ukraine” category for sightseeing tips and advice.

Good luck and bon voyage!