Travel to Russia
If you plan to travel to Russia, you need to do your research. There is so much to see and do that it is often hard to decide what tours to take and which sites to leave out. The first step, however, is to know the entry requirements
. You must have a current, valid passport
and a Russia visa
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Russia Travel Information
Basic Russian Word for Travel in Russia
Learn three important words in Russian that will help immensely on your trip to that country.
Russian Travel Visa
Requirements and step-by-step instructions for acquiring your Russian travel visa.
Brief traveler´s guide to Moscow, Russia.
St. Petersburg Guide
Brief traveler´s guide to St. Petersburg, Russia.
Historical and cultural description of the Trans Siberian Railroad.
Map of Russia
Locate popular travel spots on our Russia map.
Travel in Russia Taxi
Funny and interesting story about getting around Russia in a taxi.
Facts and procedures about adopting a child in Russia.
Overview of the Russia´s economic system.
A brief look at Russian geography.
Summary of the Russian governmental structure.
Cultural insights into the people of Russia.
U.S. Consulate in Russia
Address and contact information for the U.S. Consulate General in Russia.
U.S. Embassy in Russia
Address and contact information for the U.S. Embassy in Russia.
Air Travel Within Russia.
After extensive joint reviews with the State
Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
has concluded under its International Aviation (IASA) Program that the SCAA
oversees and licenses Russia’s air carriers in accordance with international
safety oversight provisions. For further information, travelers may contact
the Department of Transportation within the U.S. at 1-800-322-7873, or at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa/. Travelers should note
that air travel within Russia, particularly in remote regions, can be unreliable
at times. Small local airlines do not have advance reservation systems but sell
tickets for cash at the airport. Flights often get cancelled if more than 30%
of the seats remain unsold.
Overland Travel in Russia.
When traveling by train or automobile in Russia, it
is advisable to bring food and water with you. You cannot rely on the availability
or quality of these goods throughout the region. When traveling overland between
Central European countries and Russia, be sure that you have visas for all countries
through which you will pass. For example, you will need a Belarusian transit
visa if you take the train from Warsaw, Poland to Vilnius, Lithuania because
the train passes through Grodno, Belarus. Most transit problems can be avoided
if you research your routes well.
Car Travel in Russia
Driving conditions in Russia and the region are drastically
different from those in Western Europe. In some areas, roads are practically
non-existent. Throughout the region, service stations are few and far between
and the lines are often quite long for the scarce amount of available fuel.
Avoid excessive speed and, if at all possible, do not drive at night. Loose
livestock can appear at any time. Construction sites or stranded vehicles are
often unmarked by flares or other warning signals. Sometimes cars have only
one headlight. Many cars lack brake lights. Bicycles seldom have lights or reflectors.
This makes for very dangerous driving conditions at night. Be prepared for sudden
stops at any time.
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