Travel insurance – 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 travel 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.

The UK government website states: “A reciprocal healthcare agreement operates between the UK and Russia. This entitles British nationals to free treatment in a Russian hospital. However, any treatment you receive is likely to be limited.”

At Staysure, we recognise the importance of keeping you properly insured for potentially expensive emergency medical treatment, as well as repatriation and any losses of baggage and passports. Accidents sometimes happen so it’s reassuring to know that you are not leaving things to chance. Being adequately covered will give you peace of mind that you will not be caught out in an unexpected emergency.

If unfortunately you have to cancel your entire trip due to illness or if you have to cut it short because of an emergency back home, it’s also good to know that cancellation and curtailment are covered as standard on all Staysure’s Comprehensive policies. Because this is such popular cover, you can even add it as an optional extra to a Basics policy. We also provide optional cover for personal liability and legal protection with our Comprehensive policies and you can tailor your policy still further with add-ons for more specific activities or valuables over the standard amount covered.

Our multi-lingual, 24-hour medical assistance team is also on hand to sort out any medical arrangements you may need to make in Russia. This is a very useful service which takes away the hassle and worry of being in a foreign country where you have little or no local knowledge.

Staysure are award-winning experts in travel insurance with pre-existing medical conditions, so if you’re having trouble finding travel insurance for Russia with your particular condition, then why not give us a try? We are happy to consider all pre-existing medical conditions and, once you have completed a simple medical screening process, you could have a competitive quote in a matter of minutes. Simply apply online, or ask one of our travel insurance experts for help or clarification by calling 0844 692 8444^.

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.


Exchange your British pounds to Rouble at exchange booths in Russia or in advance as many UK banks can order them in for you. If you plan to buy your Roubles in Russia, it’s best to take US dollars or Euros, not pounds, for exchange at banks or exchange bureaux.
Bear in mind that it is illegal to change your money with street traders. It is also illegal in Russia to pay for anything with Dollars or Euros.


Can be found in most major cities but make sure you check with your bank first that your card will not be blocked if you are noticed using it in Russia.

Traveller’s cheques

Are not widely used in Russia, so you might find them difficult to exchange. An alternative option is the pre-paid traveller’s cheque, i.e. a reloadable card such as the American Express Travellers Cheque Card, which works much the same way as debit cards, but it’s not linked to a bank.

Credit cards

Can be used in most hotels and restaurants only. Cards most commonly accepted are Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Eurocard. Bear in mind that if you use your card to withdraw money at a bank, you will be charged an extra 2% (approximately) for currency conversion, on top of the average 1% charged by your credit card company.

Looking for Travel Insurance?

For your Russia travel insurance quote, simply apply online or speak to one of our travel insurance experts on 0844 692 8444^ who will gladly guide you to the right policy for your needs.

All travel insurance provided by Staysure is subject to agreement from our underwriter. Terms and conditions apply, details of which can be found within the Policy Document.

Staysure’s travel insurance policies for specific destinations come under the umbrella of travel insurance and as such are not individual policies exclusively for a said country.

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