USA-Russie en VFR : la porte à côté

Du moins de l’Alaska au Chukotka russe

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The one-way distance is approximately 275 nm, with the longest overwater leg being 62 miles.

Several permits are required and it takes a minimum of 75 days lead time to complete the process.

The permits and documents are as follows:

  • Russian visa
  • Chukotka Autonomous Okrug entry permit
  • Russian flight permit to enter airspace and land at UHMD
  • Proof of insurance that covers the flight routing and destination
  • Aircraft radio license
  • Customs forms including General Declaration
  • Migrant card to register your presence in Chukotka (1/2 stays with your passport)

Lire aussi sur the Economist du 19/10/2019: “So near and yet so far”

Oct 17th 2019


It is easy to forget—if you ever knew—that Russia and the United States are less than three miles apart, across the icy waters of the Bering Strait (see map). From America’s Little Diomede Island, which is indeed very little, you can cheerily wave or glower, depending on your attitude, at Russia’s Big Diomede Island. Little Diomede has a hundred Alaskans on it, mainly Inuit; Big Diomede has a few military installations and some transient Russian soldiers. The two countries’ mainlands are only 55 miles (89km) apart at their closest. Far-sighted or foggy-minded engineers have long fantasised about building a connecting tunnel that would be only twice the length of the one that links England and France.

Yet the two regions, joined by a land bridge perhaps as recently as 13,000 years ago, feel as if they are on different planets. Their differences, and perhaps even more importantly, their similarities, provide a lens through which to view the differing fortunes of both countries …

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