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Russian Federation information
About Russian Federation
Russia uses 220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
The languages that are typically spoken are Russian
Russia uses the Russian ruble (symbol: ?), code RUB.Banknotes come in denominations of 5000, 1000, 500, 100, 50, 10 and 5 rubles. Ruble is subdivided into 100 kopeks. Coins come in denominations of 25, 10, 5, 3, 2 and 1 rubles and 50, 10, 5 and 1 kopeks.
Automatic teller machines (local name: bankomat (????????)) are everywhere in Russia. Pretty much anywhere you look there will be an ATM. Russia has one of the highest ATM densities in the world.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Russia is on average 11.6 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Russia is moderate. It's relatively easy to find one when needed.
You can buy a SIM card for about 573.42 RUB, which includes 3 GB of data plan. You can choose from 5 telecoms: Beeline, MTS (Mobile TeleSystems), MegaFon, Tele2 or Yota. Russia uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Russia upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Russia, dial +, then 7 (the country code for Russia), then the area code (without the initial 8) and the local number. For local calls within Russia, start with the area code (with the initial 8). In the case above area code is 301 .
In Russia you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 110 km/h (68 mph) on motorways, 110 km/h (68 mph) on expressways, 60-110 km/h (37-68 mph) in all built-up areas and 90-110 km/h (55-68 mph) on undivided highways.
Import and export information
Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap and waste.
Raw precious metals, scrap, and waste of precious metals, ore and concentrates of precious metals and raw commodities containing precious metals.
Minerals and information on mineral resources.
Wild herbs, plants, and seeds.
Wild living animals.
Protected species and products protected under CITES may require a permit for export.
Tobacco:250g tobacco or
Tobacco:A proportionate combination of the above weighing up to 250g.
Other items:Medication should be for personal use, and accompanied by a prescription.
Ozone depleting substances.
Plant protection agents which are banned under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
Fishing tools banned by the customs union.
Service and civilian weapons, their major parts, and ammunition which are considered to be prohibited.
Undercover surveillance and intelligence gathering equipment.
Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances not intended for personal use with a prescription.
Service and civilian weapons, their major parts, and ammunition which are considered to be restricted.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended as travellers may contract hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Russia, regardless of where they are eating or staying.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
Travellers may need a Japanese Encephalitis vaccination depending on their travel plans, particularly if they will be in Russia longer than a month or plan to visit rural areas or spend significant time outdoors. Consultation with a doctor regarding this vaccination should be sought prior to travel. For further information on this recommendation, please visit the CDC Japanese Encephalitis Advice.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals such as veterinarians and researchers, for those who are taking a long trip or moving to Russia, and children as they are more likely to receive animal bites. This vaccination is particularly recommended for travellers to the Caucasus region who will be participating in outdoor activities.
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is often reported in Europe between April and November. For further information, please visit the CDC Tick-borne Encephalitis Advice.
H5N1 Avian Influenza has been reported in Russia. For further information, please visit the CDCAvian Flu Advice.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a risk in Russia. For further information, please visit the CDCTuberculosis Advice.
HIV is a risk in Russia. For further information, please visit the CDC HIV Advice.