Flights to russia
Of course, if you choose to travel in winter, take warm clothes, as temperatures can reach -30º and also keep in mind that many of the tourist attractions have very short opening hours.
Taking out travel insurance is essential for traveling to Russia, as it is one of the requirements when applying for a visa. In addition, not only will you be covered in case of a medical incident, it also covers some expenses for lost luggage, theft or any other unforeseen event.
When you enter the country, they will look at your visa, which must contain your date of entry and exit, and they will give you a piece of paper which is the immigration card. I had read that you needed it to check in at the hotels and apartments, but we were not asked for it at any of the two accommodations. However, when you leave the country they keep it when you pass through passport control.
The currency used in Russia is the ruble. Approximately 1€ corresponds to 68 rubles [January 2020], although this can vary, so I recommend you to check the equivalence here. The question that many of us ask ourselves before going on a trip is: do I have to carry a lot of cash? Personally, I am not in favor of carrying cash if you can pay by card.
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Winter cold does not let up in Russia during February, so bring plenty of warm clothes, gloves, socks and the thickest coat you own. Temperatures are likely to be below freezing in major cities for most of your stay, except in more southerly locations such as Sochi, where temperatures average around 6°C (41°F).
By May, the weather in most of Russia (even in some cities in Siberia) is more pleasant after the cold winter and early spring. Flowers are appearing, the days are longer and the calendar of events with parades, holidays and festivals starts to fill up.
Except for sporadic cold snaps, June in Russia is mostly warm during the day and cool at night. However, since St. Petersburg has almost 24 hours of daylight, there is not much difference between day and night, so you should bring extra clothes in case it gets cold.
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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.
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Among all the documents required to travel to Russia, you have to prove a travel insurance to be granted a visa. As there are a thousand travel insurances, we recommend IATI, which is the one we always use when we travel.
Here we tell our experience, taking into account that we only visited St. Petersburg (see what to see and do in 2 and 3 days), a big city that has nothing to do with the situation that you can find traveling through the interior of Russia.
In Russia rubles are used, and one of the best options to carry money is with a card. You take it out from an ATM, which will give you rubles directly, without the need to look for an exchange house.
So, if you don’t want to be depending on the WIFI of hotels and restaurants because you need or want to be connected at all times, what we did was to travel with the Holafly card, with unlimited data for 10 days.
They send it to your home before your trip, and when you arrive in Russia, just insert the Holafly SIM card in your phone and it starts working. Coverage in St. Petersburg, which is where we used it, was perfect.