General Information

Local Time: St. Petersburg
From 28 Mar 10 to 31 Oct 10 GMT +4
From 31 Oct 10 to 27 Mar 11 GMT +3
From 27 Mar 11 to 30 Oct 11 GMT +4
From 30 Oct 11 to 25 Mar 12 GMT +3
From 25 Mar 12 to 28 Oct 12 GMT +4

General information

Capital City: Moscow
Population: 145 million
Area: 17,075,200 square km, 6,592,735 square miles.
Language(s): Russian, many local languages
Dialling Code: 7
Emergency: Police: 02. Fire: 01. Ambulance: 03
Directory Enquiries: 09 (009)
TV Standard: SECAM (PAL)
Driving: Driving is on the right. National licence with authorised translation or International Driving Permit required. Self drive car hire is very limited and not recommended for westerners
Electricity: 220V AC 50Hz


Winter is cold with heavy snowfall. Snow thaws Mar/Apr and this period can be quite wet. Summer is very similar to British summer in northern regions and more like the Med in southern regions. Autumn is much shorter than in Britain as winter/snows start in late Oct/Nov. Southern regions are generally warme


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During winter a hat is essential with scarf, gloves & thick soled waterproof footwear. Lightweight clothing for summer especially in southern regions

Business & Currency

Currency: Russian Rouble (RUR)
Notes: RUR: 10, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000
Coins: RUR: 1, 2, 5, 10, 50

Credit Cards/Travellers Cheques: Credit cards and travellers cheques are not widely accepted, exceptions are major hotels and western shops. If taking travellers cheques it is advisable to take them in US dollars, same applies to cash. Dollar notes should preferably be dated after 1993 and be in good condition. The exchange of travellers cheques into US dollars is difficult

Opening Hours
Bank: 0930-1730 Mon-Fri
Office: 0900-1800 Mon-Fri
Shops: 0900-1900 Mon-Sat (Sun mostly food shops)

Public Holidays
1 Jan - 6 Jan New Year, 7 Jan Russian Orthodox Christmas Day, 22 Feb Day of the Defenders of the Motherland, 8 Mar International Women's Day, 1 May - 2 May Spring and Labour Day, 9 May Victory in Europe Day, 12 Jun Russia Day, 4 Nov National Unity Day, 12 Dec Constitution Day.

Business/Social Hints: English is widely spoken and German is also a useful language when visiting. Alcohol is available and smoking is widespread

Tipping: Customary, particularly in international hotels


Reciprocal health: A reciprocal health agreement for medical treatment including treatment in state hospitals exists with the United Kingdom. In order to obtain treatment a UK passport will be required. Further details are available from

Compulsory vaccinations: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 9 months of age coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Recommended immunisations: Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Tetanus

Consider: Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis, Meningococcal Meningitis and for Asian and Far Eastern regions of Russia Cholera may sometimes be advised.

Risks: Tick Borne Encephalitis (TBE): Ticks live in forests, woods, grasslands, riverside meadows, marshes, brushwood and shrublands. They usually live in the undergrowth, where they can easily get onto the clothes or skin of passers-by. Travellers intending to visit such areas are recommended to get vaccinated.


St. Petersburg Pulkovo (LED)

Passport & Visa

The following details relate to
holders of adult normal passports (requirements for children may be different), if any other type of passport or travel document is held, entry requirements should be checked with the relevant embassy or consulate. Please note - see United Kingdom entry for complete list of EU members, Schengen State & EEA Countries


Required by all,

Passport Validity: Passports must be valid 6 months after date of return

Passport Notes: Visas

The following DO NOT require a visa:

1) Nationals of Russia
Notes: Nationals not referred to the above are advised to contact the embassy or high commission to check visa requirements

Entry requirements may change from time to time and should be checked with the Embassy of Russia

Air Transit

Required by all except:

1) Persons remaining in the transit zone with an onward or connecting flight within 24 hours of arrival

Notes: Valid onward tickets are required, except for Nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine & Uzbekistan
Exit Permits

Special Notes: Visas must be obtained prior to arrival