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TRAVELLING TO RUSSIA

Moscow has three main international airports - Sheremetevo,  Domodedovo and Vnukovo - which also are also used for domestic flights.

Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) Moscow is located 29 kilometre (18 miles) north-west of central Moscow.

Domodedovo Airport (DME) is located 42 kilometres (26 miles) south of the centre of Moscow.

Vnukovo International Airport (VKO) is located 28 kilometres (17 miles) south-west from the centre of Moscow.

 PASSPORTS

All visitors to Russia must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of the visa they are requesting. You should not forget that, in Russia ,policemen have a right to stop a foreigner for the purpose of checking documents. Consequently, when outside of the hotel or any other place you may be staying, take care to  have your passport handy, including the tear-off part of the migration registration document you receive at passport control when you arrive.

VISAS

If you are a citizen of a foreign state with which Russia does not have a visa-free regime agreement, then you have to obtain a visa to enter the state. You can get a Russian entry visa in an embassy or consulates of the Russian Federation according to your place of residence.

Some documents and an official invitation from Russia are needed to obtain a visa. As a rule the invitation is arranged by a receiving party, i.e. a tourist company, a private person or your business partner. Different types of visas are issued to a foreigner depending on the purpose of entrance and period of stay.

There exist the following types of visas: tourist, business, transit, private, educational or working, and they state the terms of use:  single-entry, double-entry and multiple entries.

TRANSPORTATION

Public transport in the cities is comprehensive and inexpensive. Many services are electric traction (metro, tramway, trolleybus).

The Metro works seven days a week from 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM. Stations on the Moscow metro are always elegant and often palatial.

Fares are standard for the various modes. Taxis are also available; they can be hired at a rank or booked by telephone. It is safer to use officially marked taxis which should not be shared with strangers.

CURRENCY AND BANKING SERVICES

 The official currency in Russia is the Ruble (Rouble), which is abbreviated as RUB. Each ruble is divided into 100 kopecks (copecks)

  • Notes: 5,000, 1,000, 500, 100, 50 and 10 rubles
  • Coins: 10, 5, 2 and 1 roubles; 50, 10 kopecks

 Most foreign currencies (EURO, USD) and travellers' checks can be exchanged at banks, hotels and the airport. International credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners can be used at hotels, restaurants and large shops. Rubbles can be withdrawn from automatic teller machines using major credit cards.

It is illegal to pay for products or services in Russia with U.S. dollars or with euro, even if the price is marked so (a common relic leftover from the rubles devalued past).

PHONE DIALING INFORMATION

Country Code: +7. Outgoing international code: 8-"wait for a tone"-10 after you can choose code of the country you want to call.

FOOD AND DRINK

A restaurant meal in Russia is an event to be enjoyed for the best part of an evening. You will have a choice Russian cuisine as well as Georgian, Armenian, Uzbek, to name just some. There are many international restaurants offering American, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Mexican menus, too.

Tipping: If a service charge is not already included in your restaurant bill, you might wish to leave the small change that is returned to you. Tips are not obligatory, but welcomed in Russia. From 5 per cent to 10 per cent of the total is normal.

POWER SUPPLY

In Russia a fluctuating 220 Vac 50 Hz mains supply is the norm, therefore a step-down device (transformer) is required if you have any U.S. or other 110 Vac working voltage appliances.

However, some equipment (especially laptop computers and razors/shavers) usually have "auto" voltage detect circuitry enabling them to work between 90 and 240 Vac. Check their specifications.

Russian power outlet sockets use a two-pin "Northern European" standard: - 19mm (3/4") pitch. Most standard travel adapters are suitable.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Fax: Services are available in numerous business centers and hotels.

Post: There are mailboxes and post offices in every hotel.

Traveling time: For all type of transportation, the time posted on tickets for both Departure and Arriving is a local time.

Business hours: Government offices and other service offices open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Shopping hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00-10:00 PM, Monday to Saturday. Department stores and supermarkets are open throughout lunchtime. Stores that are open 24 hours a day are becoming more common.

Restaurants hours: Restaurants are usually open seven days a week and business hours are 11:00 AM to 1:00-2:00 AM. Some restaurants and places of entertainment remain open until  6:00 AM.

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS:

Fire department: 101

Police: 102

Ambulance: 103

Unified 24-hour emergency service for mobile phones: 112