Sochi

Sochi (or Sotchi) has a very high safety index. The whole region Krasnodarskiy Krai is considered to be the safest in Russia. However, safety in Sochi is mostly threatened by pickpockets and different scams artists. So, we advise being vigilant in the crowded spaces and try to avoid suspicious strangers. This city is safe for walking alone during the night as during the day.

SAFETY INDEX

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Central Sochi District

The heart of the city and most populated area.  Many of the city’s trendiest places are here. During the summer season, the city center is usually overcrowded, thus the probability of the pickpocketing is high.

Khosta District

This district has some major attractions like Akhun Mountain. As the rest of the Sochi this district is safe enough, but don’t lose your vigilance and pay attention to your belongings.

Adler district

The Sochi’s important transport hub. It includes Sochi International Airport. SafeAround recommends you keep an eye on your belongings all the time and don’t let strangers help you with the luggage. Sochi safety index is 65.7%, is ranked 52nd out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries. It’s one of the safest cities in Russia.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Sochi safety index is 65.7%, is ranked 52nd out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries. It’s one of the safest cities in Russia.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

As a popular tourist destination, there is medium pickpocket risk. Simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed. Be careful around “Rynok” (Market) bus station in the city center, especially while getting on a bus.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Sochi is safe concerning mugging and kidnapping risks.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

As in any touristic city, there may be people trying to scam you. So, we recommend avoiding participation in a different gambling street games, which are common in the whole Russia.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

There might be some risk while taking public transport in Sochi, especially in the buses called “Marshrutka”. If you are supposed to take a taxi, we recommend you to use taxi applications like Uber or Yandex Taxi.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There are no natural hazards in Sochi.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Saint Petersburg has been recently targeted by terrorist attacks, so the possibility of the attack exists all over the Russia, including Sochi.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Sochi is generally very safe for women travelers.

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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.