Russia Travel Advice

Make sure you are up-to-date with the pre-departure essentials before your trip to Russia. 

Passport & Visas

All nations including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada must obtain a tourist visa before traveling to Russia. The visa cannot be obtained at the border. You should apply well in advance and make sure you are up-to-date with the processing time and fees for your nationality. A Russian tourist visa is issued for a maximum of 30 days and only after you have completed all your travel arrangements.

Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from your arrival in Russia, and you should carry your passport or travel document with you at all times. 

Check with your embassy or your official government website for foreign Russia travel advice. Bear in mind that the information we provide is for guidance only, and you are advised to check the details as it is your responsibility to have all the official documents ready before traveling. 

You can consult the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. We recommend all travelers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA 

Travel Insurance 

You need to have valid and adequate travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins. It is your responsibility to have your insurance ready, but we are more than happy to provide you with guidance in the process. WorldNomads.com is one of the travel insurance providers that you can go with. You can visit our travel insurance page for more details. For now, here is some Russia travel advice that you need to keep in mind when choosing the right plan.

  • To prevent any unwanted surprises, make sure your plan covers emergency medical situations, cancellations, and threats against your personal belongings.
  • Based on your tour and country, there may be adventure activities that your travel insurance does not include. So, look carefully at what your policy covers. 
  • Make sure you have the latest information regarding safety and health issues. You can find useful Russia travel advice on governmental websites.
When to Go
  • The High Season

The best time to visit Russia is in summer, as the country is famous for its long and enduring winters. Even then, temperatures hardly rise over 20°C, but the weather is pleasant for sightseeing in the imperial cities and exploring the countryside. Travelers prefer visiting Russia from May to late October for the train-riding experience across the Russian highlights such as Suzdal and Vladimir. The authentic towns are blooming with wildflowers, while the cities host some of the most spectacular festivals in the eastern hemisphere. Bear in mind that this is the high season for Russia tours, so you will find the country bustling with travelers.

  • The Shoulder Season

Towards the end of December, temperatures begin to drop dramatically, occasionally below -10°C. Winter is still a rewarding time to visit Russia since the winter landscapes reveal the soul of the country. If you wish to savor the snow-covered landscapes without the freezing temperatures, December is ideal for the best places to visit in Russia.

Russia travel advice
Passport & Visas

All nations including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada must obtain a tourist visa before traveling to Russia. The visa cannot be obtained at the border. You should apply well in advance and make sure you are up-to-date with the processing time and fees for your nationality. A Russian tourist visa is issued for a maximum of 30 days and only after you have completed all your travel arrangements.

Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from your arrival in Russia, and you should carry your passport or travel document with you at all times. 

Check with your embassy or your official government website for foreign Russia travel advice. Bear in mind that the information we provide is for guidance only, and you are advised to check the details as it is your responsibility to have all the official documents ready before traveling. 

You can consult the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.We recommend all travelers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA 

Travel Insurance 

You need to have valid and adequate travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins. It is your responsibility to have your insurance ready, but we are more than happy to provide you with guidance in the process. WorldNomads.com is one of the travel insurance providers that you can go with. You can visit our travel insurance page for more details. For now, here is some Russia travel advice that you need to keep in mind when choosing the right plan.

  • To prevent any unwanted surprises, make sure your plan covers emergency medical situations, cancellations, and threats against your personal belongings.
  • Based on your tour and country, there may be adventure activities that your travel insurance does not include. So, look carefully at what your policy covers. 
  • Make sure you have the latest information regarding safety and health issues. You can find useful Russia travel advice on governmental websites.
When to Go
  • The High Season

The best time to visit Russia is in summer, as the country is famous for its long and enduring winters. Even then, temperatures hardly rise over 20°C, but the weather is pleasant for sightseeing in the imperial cities and exploring the countryside. Travelers prefer visiting Russia from May to late October for the train-riding experience across the Russian highlights such as Suzdal and Vladimir. The authentic towns are blooming with wildflowers, while the cities host some of the most spectacular festivals in the eastern hemisphere. Bear in mind that this is the high season for Russia tours, so you will find the country bustling with travelers.

  • The Shoulder Season

Towards the end of December, temperatures begin to drop dramatically, occasionally below -10°C. Winter is still a rewarding time to visit Russia since the winter landscapes reveal the soul of the country. If you wish to savor the snow-covered landscapes without the freezing temperatures, December is ideal for the best places to visit in Russia.

Useful Tips for Russia Tours

Russia travel advice

Money Matters

The currency in Russia is the Russian Ruble (RUB). We recommend that you wait until you go to the city center to change your money. Exchange rates are usually more favorable in the city.

ATMs are available and credit cards are widely accepted, except in some small shops and museums.

We recommend carrying small amounts of cash with you at all times.

Russia travel advice

The Food Scene

Influenced by Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Russian cuisine has more unique tastes than you can imagine.

While you will find an international gastronomic feast in central Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia’s authentic food scene is hidden in the countryside.

Russian vodka is a must and more of a cultural experience than an alcoholic beverage. Also, try kvass, a milder option compared to vodka.

Russia travel advice

Solo Travels

Are you traveling alone? You can stay in a single room if your accommodation in Russia has the single supplement option.

You can also choose to be roomed with a solo traveler of the same gender.

Feel free to contact your tour leader if you require assistance.

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