Travel in Russia has become easier than ever. Remember, however that visas
are required. A complete explanation of the process can be found here.
Water quality varies widely in Russia. Your best bet is to drink and brush
your teeth only with bottled water. Be careful to avoid ice and raw foods
With the demise of the Soviet police state crime has been rising
throughout Russia, however, it is still safer here than in many American
cities. Precautions include not flaunting valuables, or walking alone at
night through city streets or parks.
In Russia, taxi fees are usually negotiated with the driver ahead of time.
Do not use gypsy cabs or accept rides in cabs that already have a rider.
Tipping is increasingly expected at restaurants. Tip 10-15% depending on
Electricity throughout Russia is 220 volt/50 hz. The plug is the two-pin
thin European standard. Be sure to bring your own converter as most places
in Russia do not carry them.
All prices are generally quoted in rubles. Currency can be freely
converted at banks, hotels or kiosks specifically for tourists.
Despite the recent rapid improvements in the telecommunications
infrastructure, telephoning in Russia can be difficult and expensive. Best
bet is to use the phone at your hotel or use AT&T, Sprint or MCI's USA
direct services. Tokens are required for street pay phones, which can be
purchased at newsstands, in some stores, and many kiosks.
Time is GMT +3 for both Moscow & St. Petersburg.
Remember to bring any medications you may need. Check with your health
insurer before you depart to ascertain your coverage in the event of
emergency. Many insurance providers offer specialized riders which can
cover emergency evacuation.
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