Before you go

Are vaccinations required before travelling to Russia?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Russia are available from the NHS website

Is it safe to travel to Russia?

For up to date information around safety and security in Russia read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for Russia.

Best time to visit Russia?

The wettest months are October & November. Tip: the best time to visit St. Petersburg weather-wise is late spring - early June. This is the season when the weather is the most convenient for long hours of sightseeing.

Do I need a visa to enter Russia?

All British passport holders must have a valid visa prior to travel to Russia. You can either apply for your visa at the Russian Visa Centre (http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk/).

What currency do i need in Russia?

The official currency of Russia is the Russian ruble.

While visiting Russia

What wild animals live in Russia?

In the Russian Far East the mammals reported are brown bears, Eurasian lynx, and red deer, Amur tigers, Amur leopards, and Asiatic black bears.

What is the traditional food in Russia?

Pelmeni is the national dish of Russia. They are pastry dumplings are typically filled with minced meat and wrapped in a thin, pasta-like dough. They can be served alone, slathered in butter and topped with sour cream, or in a soup broth.

What Languages are spoken in Russia?

There are over 100 minority languages spoken in Russia today, the most popular of which is Tartar, spoken by more than 3% of the country's population. Other minoritylanguages include Ukrainian, Chuvash, Bashir, Mordvin and Chechen.

How much do you tip in Russia?

The currency in Russia is the Russian ruble. Typically in Russia the etiquette is to tip anywhere between 10% and 15% of the bill.Tip in cash, and give it directly to the waiter. Many restaurants don't accept credit cards.

Where can I find a local travel expert for Russia?

Local Russia travel experts are available.

Useful Numbers

Emergency Russia Numbers?

  • Police: 112
  • Ambulance: 112
  • Fire: 112
  • Embassy: +7 495 956-72-00

    Time Difference

    What is the time difference in Russia?

    The time difference is -3 hours

    Travel Apps

    What is the best travel app for Russia?

    Russia Guidebook

    Best Russia guidebook?

    Stay informed before during and after your trip to Russia with this Russia Guidebook .