Fast Facts: Russia
Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
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In general, to travel abroad, U.S. citizens must have a passport which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel.
More information about passports & visas.
The best time to visit Russia is May through September. Temperatures range from the 70's-90's in the day to the 50's-70's at night. Be aware that the spring and fall are unpredictable with flurries showing up in May and September, and mud ensuing. Take along waterproof shoes and a jacket.
Click here for the current forecast in parts of Russia.
No vaccination requirements for international travelers. It is strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance to cover any medical expenses while traveling in Russia.
The currency in Russia is the ruble. Click here for updated currency info on the ruble.
It is not customary. At most, tip 10% in restaurants for exceptional service.
The best items to shop for in Russia are wall plaques and tiles, sculpture, lacquerware, balalaikas and other musical instruments, caviar (buy only from an official store and keep your receipts), and vodka. Don't miss Moscow's markets and pedestrian malls!
220 volts. Plug C. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. Click here for more information about electrical standards around the world.
See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.