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Russia Travel Requirements




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When To Go
July and August are the warmest months and the main holiday season. They're also the dampest, it might rain one day in three. So if you want to avoid the crowds and the rain, try May-June or September-October. In early autumn, you can pick mushrooms and berries. Although winter is bitter, theatres open, the vodka comes out, buildings are warm and the snow is beautiful. Spring is slushy,and muddy.

Personal Safety
Street crime against foreigners is a problem in Russia's major cities. Muggers favour underground metro areas, overnight trains, stations, airports, markets and tourist attractions, and have been known to break into locked and occupied hotel rooms. As in all big cities, visitors should be neither too paranoid nor too careless. Avoid travelling in the Chechen Republic, Dagestan, North Ossetia, Ingushetia and Kabarda-Balkar (including the Elbrus region) and its border areas. These areas are unstable in the aftermath of the Russian/Chechen war. The biggest danger to travellers is kidnapping, although some travellers have been killed in Chechnya.

Visas
All visitors require a visa. Visas must be obtained before departure and require a Russian sponsor (either a tour company, hotel or individual). Business visas require an official invitation from an authorized source as well as permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Visitors staying more than three days must register their visa through their sponsor (it’s a good idea to bring a photocopy of your passport, as this might take several days). Check the dates on visa before travel.

Health Risk
Diphtheria, encephalitis, hepatitis A and typhoid are some of the health risk that travelers face. Make sure you take the necessary precautions.

Time Zone
There are 11 time zones in Russia; Moscow is GMT/UTC plus three hours.

Getting Around
Pulkova 1 and 2 are respectively the domestic and international airports that serve St Petersburg.

The best way of getting around the city on road is by bus, trolleybus (an electric bus) or tram. Each require payment of an inexpensive talony (ticket), which are sold in kiosks at major interchanges, by hawkers at the train stations, and often in strips of 10 by drivers. Driving a car or motorcycle is definitely not wise: roads are gnarled, road rules are strange, and the traffic cops are empowered to stop you and fine you on the spot.

Social Conventions
It is customary to shake hands when greeting someone. Company or business gifts are well received. Each region has its own characteristic mode of dress. Conservative wear is suitable for most places and the seasonal weather should always be borne in mind. Smoking is acceptable unless stated otherwise.

Currency
The currency is Rouble (Rbl) = 100 kopeks. Notes are in denominations of Rbl1,000,000, 500,000, 50,000, 10,000, 5000, 1000, 500, 200 and 100. Coins are in denominations of Rbl100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1.


 

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