When to goAll seasons are good for a trip to Russia. The winter is cold and harsh but makes the landscapes uniquely magnificent. In the summer the temperatures can get very high in the towns, so it's a good period to go to the mountains and lakes.
British passport holders require a visa for any stay in Russia. You have to apply via VFS Global who manage the process for the Russian Embassy in the UK. Their website has very clear instructions on the, fairly complicated, way to apply for a visa. (http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk)
Please be aware that all applicants for a visa need to go to the offices of VFS Global in person.
This is because all applicants for a visa who are 12 years old or older will have their fingerprints scanned as part of the application procedure., -
It is recommended that you check your DTP (diptheria, whooping cough and tetanus) vaccination is up to date. You are also recommended to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever, tick borne encephalitis, flu, and meningococcal meningitis, depending on which regions you intend to visit.
Airline ticketsA round trip to Russia costs from as little as £130. The price depends on the season, the airline and the airport.
Time differenceMoscow is 3 hours ahead of England in the winter and 2 hours in the summer. When it is noon in London it is either 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. in Moscow.
LanguageThe official language is Russian.
Embassy of the United Kingdom in Moscow
Smolenskaya Naberezhnaya 10 -
Embassy of Russia in London
6-7 Kensington Palace Gardens
London W8 4QP,
Phone and internet connection
The international dialling code for Russia is 007. You can use international phone cards to make calls, or go to a call centre.
Free wifi is available more or less everywhere in the big cities so you should have no problem connecting to the internet.