RUSSIA TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, spanning Eastern Europe and northern Asia.

 

Notwithstanding the negative aspects of modern Russia, the country has lifted its iron curtain and visitors come to discover the hitherto hidden treasures of ancient Rossiya, the land of many hues. The historical Smolensk area, the changing expanse of Siberia, the breathtaking Baikal reserve, the snowy world of the Transurals, the precipices of the Caucasus and the fire breathing volcanoes of Kamchatka cover the diverse natural landscape of Russia.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Russia has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not Russian nationals, permanent residents, residents with residence permits, airline crew members, diplomats, members of international organizations based in Russia, and travelers whose visit concerns the death of a direct relative.The Russian government allows entry of foreigners for medical treatment or in order to care for relatives in Russia. Travelers with a close family member who is a Russian national may enter the country, but must provide supporting documentation of their relationship. Travelers may transit through Russian airports, as long as they are not entering the country.However, from 15 July, the Russian authorities have started to lift some restrictions on international flights with some countries. You should check the latest on flights with your airline.All foreign nationals arriving in Russia are asked to provide one of the following (in English or Russian):-a medical certificate confirming you have tested negative for COVID-19 on a Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test conducted not more than 3 days before arrival; OR
-a medical certificate confirming you have tested positive for the presence of COVID-19 IgG antibodiesTravelers who do not provide the above documentation will be required to take a PCR test for COVID-19 at their own expense within three days of arriving in Russia.Since July 15, the Russian government no longer requires all arrivals to the country to remain in quarantine for a period of 14 days. Instead, arriving travelers will only be required to self-isolate if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Moscow
  • Currency: Russian Ruble (RUB, ₽)
  • Area: 17,098,242 km²
  • Population: 144,5 million (2018)
  • Language: Russian
  • Religion: Russian Orthodox 46.5%, Muslim 6.5%, Spiritual 25.1%, Atheist 12.9, Others 9%.
  • Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (Europlug & Schuko plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 2 January, New Year (second day)
  • 7 January, Christmas Day (Russian Orthodox)
  • 23 February, Defenders of the Motherland Day
  • 8 March, International Women’s Day
  • 1-2 May, Labour Day
  • 9 May, Victory Day
  • 12 June, Russia Day
  • 4 November, National Unity Day

Holidays occurring on Saturday or Sunday are observed on the Monday following

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Russia’s climate ranges from steppes in the south through humid continental in much of European Russia, and subarctic in Siberia to tundra climate in the polar north. Winters vary from cool along Black Sea coast to frigid in Siberia. Summers vary from warm in the steppes to cool along Arctic coast.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Russia can stretch all the way from September and last until April, depending where in the country you are.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Russia is from May to September, with July and August being the most pleasant.

BEACH:

Russia may not be a very hot beach destination, but it does have a few lovely beaches to soak up the 'not so hot' sun rays! Check out Sochi, Vladivostok, Kurshskaya Kosa National Park and Baltiysk.

WIND:

Russia has some great conditions for both kitesurfing and windsurfing from May to September.

SURFING:

The best time for surfing in Russia is from May to October, with some great swell, particularly along the Kamkatcha Peninsula.

 
 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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