Travel Advice For Russia

Travel advice for Russia

Russia is becoming increasingly popular with tourists due to its rich cultural heritage and popular cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg. If you are planning or going to take a trip to Russia, we suggest that you consider some of the following travel tips.

Get to know Russia

Do some reading about Russia before you visit to get a little familiarity with the country. To give you an insight, Russia spans nine time zones and is the largest country in the world, with landscapes ranging from the frozen tundra of Siberia and the endless wheat fields and pine forests of central Russia to the mountains and palm trees of the Caucasus in the south. The population was around 140 million according to the latest census with Central Russia, which includes Moscow, being the most densely populated region.

Health

Make sure to check what you are eating and not eating before you head to Russia. The country poses no serious health threats, with cases of food poisoning being the most common problem. Most guidelines suggest avoiding buying kebabs in stands, especially at train stations, while tourists are also advised to beware of dairy products. Tap water is safe to drink in Moscow after boiling, but tourists are advised to drink bottled water elsewhere; It is also recommended to avoid ice cubes and use bottled water to brush your teeth.

cash

Russia is an amazing country and so are its prices. The big cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, like the most famous European cities, are very expensive. On the outskirts of larger cities you will find cheaper restaurants and accommodations. Vacationers are advised to get Russian rubles before traveling, but there are ATMs from local banks such as Sberbank and international banks such as HSBC and Citibank throughout Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities. When paying for something, retailers in Russia prefer cash, but credit cards are generally accepted and travelers can still pay with traveler’s checks.

Ethics

Before you travel to Russia, you should be aware of some Russian etiquette. If you are on a business trip and arrive late, don’t panic as this is considered normal, mostly due to the awful traffic in Moscow. If you are offered a drink, it is considered rude not to accept it, especially for men. Some travel guides also say that Russian men often only shake hands with their male companion when meeting, so women traveling with their husbands should be prepared to see that their husband’s hand is shaken, not their own. Russians also like to dress up almost everywhere they go, so it might be worth packing some stylish clothes for your trip.