Travel insurance for Russia

A visit to the biggest country on Earth could mean quite an investment both in time and money. Before you go, don’t forget to check out the latest travel advice for Russia from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. And don’t forget to get holiday insurance for Russia either. It is vital to cover the cost of any unexpected emergencies you may end up having to pay for while you are away.

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Cover for medical conditions in Russia

Travel insurance for Russia is an essential purchase as the reciprocal healthcare agreement between the UK and Russia ended on 1 January 2016, meaning holidaymakers can no longer access free emergency medical treatment using the EHIC.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 to ask for an ambulance. Don’t forget to contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Russia travel information


It is compulsory to have a visa to enter Russia. Apply well in advance as you will need to allow at least a month for your visa to be processed. Tourist visas are valid for 30 days but make sure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months after the expiry date of your visa.


For stays of over seven working days, you will need to register with the local branch of the Federal Migration Service. However, check with your hotel as most will do this automatically. If you’re staying in private accommodation, the owner of the property is obliged to register for you.

Migration cards

When you enter Russia, you must sign a migration card, a copy of which you will need to keep with your passport as ID and to show upon your departure. You are required to fill in a new migration card each time you enter Russia, even if you have a multiple entry visa.


It is best to consult your doctor about vaccinations well in advance of your trip to Russia.


  • Most major high street banks and currency exchange providers in the UK can order rubles
  • If you plan to buy rubles in Russia, you should use US dollars or Euros to exchange and only change money at banks, hotels and airport exchange bureaux as it is an offence to change money with street traders
  • ATMs can be found in most major cities and credit cards can be used in most large hotels, shops and restaurants
  • Banks are usually open from 9am-6pm on weekdays and from 9am-3pm on Saturdays.

Travel Insurance Russia

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