The Preparation Before a Russian Trip

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©Retlaw Snellac/flickr

Other than picking the best time to go to Russia, you need to find out what is essential to pack as part of your luggage. In addition, knowing the most economical way to get there can be a good advantage if you are on a budget trip. Some other important practicalities include knowing which documents to bring with you. Let’s start with the insurance matters, the Russian visa documents and paperwork. It is sometimes required by the Russian consulates in your country to have a valid travel insurance at least for the duration of your travel to Russia. Those countries with reciprocal agreements just need to show the UK NHS card to the consulate for example. Mostly the EU countries or United States will not issue the visa without a valid insurance. Credit card companies do offer promotional packages or bundles to provide the convenience of getting a travel insurance. This travel insurance is valid to proof as well. If possible do not use the local health system unless of emergencies. There are very long queues and it may be unpleasant for the grade of service and standard of treatment you will get attending to minor ailments.

Paper Work

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If you are planning to drive a car when you are in Russia, be ready that you will need an international driving license as well. This will be requiring you to show your standard license. It is not the cost of obtaining it, but you need to obtain one that is acceptable in Russia. Your driving license information has to be with the Russian translation made in advanced. To rent a car, you need to provide your passport, driving license and visa. The need of more paper work is essential if you are planning to drive your car into Russia. That includes your car’s documents with its necessary translation into Russian language. You need to also have a notary proof at the Russian consulate together with the invitation. The car insurance has to be also valid in Russia. Please note that you may get one at the border at fifty dollars per week in case you do not have one.

Visa Matters

If you have an invitation and a travel voucher, you can start to make the visa to Russia. The travel voucher can be from a travel agency or a Russian hotel, they are so called the ‘visa support’. It serves as a confirmation of your booking of the hotel accommodation.

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