Requirements for travel to russia
It is important to keep in mind that the pandemic situation is changeable and Russian authorities, as well as those of third countries, may change regulations without prior notice. Therefore, it is the traveler’s responsibility to check with the Russian embassy and countries of stopover before making travel decisions.
It is also advisable to verify the pandemic situation before making a decision to travel, as well as to have sufficient resources to face flight delays or cancellations (both for the eventuality of having to purchase new tickets, as well as to cover unforeseen expenses for lodging and food for a stay beyond the originally planned).
It is very important to have a comprehensive medical insurance that covers the necessary care and to verify that it is valid in the Russian Federation, since private medical service is very expensive, especially in cases of hospitalization. Remember that tourists are not entitled to free medical service.
You can travel to russia without a visa
Actually it is always the same standard document, which consists of 2 parts: a “voucher of services”=”voucher” (in English or Russian) plus a “confirmation of reception of foreign tourist”=”confirmation of accommodation booking” =”podtverzhdenie” (in Russian). This document is issued by a Russian travel agency authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue it or a hotel entitled to do so. In most cases this document is arranged when you book your accommodation in Russia (but it is not automatic, you have to do it specially), i.e. when booking any type of accommodation, do not forget to ask about it (ask for “visa support”) before booking. There are also travel or visa agencies that manage it as an additional service. They provide a copy by fax or in PDF format. The visa will be issued exactly for the dates of stay indicated in the letter of invitation. Normally it is not required to present a reservation of air or train tickets to apply for the visa (you can read all the requirements on their website). The visa will be affixed to a page of your passport.
Restrictions on Russia due to the war
You can choose the airlines you prefer for your trip. When you book a tour, you will be offered flight options based on availability and best value. In this way, you can choose the flight that suits you best. It is recommended that you book your flight as early as possible to get the best airfare available. Airline tickets are issued once we have received the deposit from you.
Yes, for sure. When booking a tour, just indicate your preferred departure airport and we will contact you with the best flight options. Please note that there are no direct flights from regional airports.
Transfer services in Russia are included in the tour package and you will be met and transferred to your hotel, even if the flights were not booked by our travel agency. Very important – please provide us with your flight details so that we can arrange your transfers.
It is not recommended to drink tap water in Russia unless it has been boiled or purified. You can buy bottled water and sparkling water in any supermarket and street kiosk in all cities and towns.
On this trip to Russia 2022 we will see that Russian culture has a long history and tradition and Russians are very proud of it. Russians consider themselves to be a very cultured nation. There is a lot of reading in Russia. Books are very cheap, and a person can buy 5-10 books a month without putting a big burden on the family economy.
At the same time, most Russians do not have what the West calls “good manners”. Their manners are not bad, they are simply Russian manners. Russia is a harsh continent and Russians usually do not hesitate to say things in a way that leaves no room for misunderstanding. During the Soviet period having Western-style “good manners” was considered to be reminiscent of the bourgeoisie (and don’t forget that the Soviet system was against everything bourgeois). Russians are very direct. When they see each other or call each other on the phone, they don’t waste time with questions like “How are you feeling?” and get straight to the point. It’s not that they are rude, it’s simply a way of doing things.