Russia

Sharing land borders with numerous countries, Russia is the largest country in the world. It locates in different climatic zones and has a rich cultural legacy and a unique wild nature. The heart of Russia is Moscow, with a great Soviet and Royal legacy.  It’s now the cosmopolitan city with multiple places to visit such as Red Square, Kremlin, Bolshoi Theater, Tretyakov Gallery and Pushkin Museum. The cultural capital of Russia is St. Petersburg. It’s considered even more frequently.

SAFETY INDEX

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Is Russia a Safe or Dangerous Country?

Russia is a country with a high overall crime rate. It’s on the 59th place in the world. The number of crimes against foreigners increased by 17.5% from 2014. Nevertheless, the touristic areas are generally crimeless, so there is no need to panic or cancel your vacation. Pay attention to your belongings and try to avoid the places that will be detailed further in the article. Mostly common dangers for foreigners in Russia are thefts, robberies, and scams. The top regions to avoid in Russia are Rostov-on-Don (because of the proximity to the conflict areas in Ukraine) and North Caucasus (because of the proximity to Georgia and a constantly vulnerable situation with possible terrorist attacks). y visited than Moscow with its unbelievable architecture and worldwide known “Peterhof Grand Palace”. Russia is ranked 114th out of 162 on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Despite the high criminal level in the early stages of the Russian’s history, taking place immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when organized crime controlled more than 40.000 economic organizations, including governmental organizations. The state of current affairs has significantly changed. Today visiting Moscow, St. Petersburg or any other city in the rest part of the country (except some spots) is safe as in any other big capital in the rest of the world; although it’s worth following some basic safety rules. If you thinking to travel to the regions close to the Ukraine border, this is not recommended, because of the high level of risk and unstable situation in the region of Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkov.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pick-pocketing is common. Very often committed by groups of children. Pay attention to your belongings all the time.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Usually, travelers can be robbed or kidnapped while drinking in nightclubs or bars, after accepting the proposals of free food, drinks, or transportation from strangers. Don’t leave your food or beverages unintended. Kidnapping for political reasons is possible in the North Caucasus. At one time the tourists have been attacked.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Foreigners are usually scammed via dating websites. Once the relationship develops, the target is asked by their friend or prospective partner to transfer money to make the travel to the country of the victim’s origin possible. When the money has been obtained the relationship is usually terminated. On the streets be careful and avoid playing in different gambling games, as they always organized with malice prepense.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Theft all public transport is common. The most vulnerable areas for small crime include underground walkways “perekhods”. Beware of an unlicensed taxi and try to use only official services like Yandex TaxiUber or Gett taxi. You won’t only save your expenses on a trip, but also save your stuff and money from being stolen. Please, take into account that kidnapping has been taken place in the past.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Some blizzards possible during winter time, that can affect the traffic and delay the flights. So, be sure that your visa won’t expire and you possess enough money in order to prolong your stay in the country. In some very remote areas near the border with Mongolia and Kazakhstan, earthquakes are possible.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

There is a current threat of terrorism in Russia. The terrorist attack has recently occurred in St. Petersburg. Think twice if you have an intention to visit the North of Caucasus, notably the regions of Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, the south-east part of Stavropol bordering Chechnya, Gabardine-Balkaria (including the Mount Elbrus area), and Karachay-Cherkessia, because of the specificity of the region, which is considered to be the most problematic in the whole Russia and has high terrorism activity, caused by recent military intervention in Syria).

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Despite the calm situation, Safe around recommend avoiding communication with Caucasians as well as any proposals to give a ride for free.

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Useful Information

For entering the Russian Federation, you need a visa. The cost of the visa varies of the trip purpose and starts from 50$. No visa is required for the residents of the following countries: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kirghiz Republic, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Serbia, The Republic of South Africa, Thailand, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela. There are some possible restrictions, please check out the more precise information concerning visa application process on the following website
We advise echanging currency only at the banks. The most convenient exchange rates can be found here. Don’t exchange money on the streets or in the bank line. While withdrawing money, don’t forget to properly hide your pin while entering your code. When you pay in public places, don’t leave your card out of the sight and demand to execute the payment process in front of your eyes in the restaurants.
Severe weather conditions happen normally during winter time. Some blizzards possible. Before your trip, be sure, that you have warm enough winter clothes.
There are modern, responding to the international quality standards and safety regulations airports.
As in any country, we advise travellers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical issues but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.