Do I need a visa to travel to Russia?
Yes, if you are traveling from the United States, most countries in western Europe, Australia & New Zealand, and South Africa. This list is not exhaustive, and you should check with your local government department of state. You will likely also need a Visa Support Letter (Letter of Invitation) to file for a visa. Let us know if you would like guidance with this process.
Is tipping customary in Russia?
Tipping is not required, but if you would like to leave spare change that is up to you. You may find a 10% service charge on your restaurant bill. Otherwise it is at your discretion.
What is the internet access like in Russia?
Unless you're in a big city like Moscow or St. Petersburg, where cyber cafes are common, it is not likely that you will have internet access. While some cruise ships offer WiFi, it isn't common and they are often out of range anyway. There is not generally coverage in the more rural areas.
Can I use my cell phone while in Russia?
You can find coverage in the major cities and destinations of Russia, but in the more rural areas and on most cruises you will be out of range. Before leaving home, talk with your service carrier about activating global roaming.
Do I need a power adapter/ converter?
Russia has 220-240 volt electricity with Europlug or Schuko sockets. You will need to have an adapter for Type C & Type E/F European CEE sockets. If your appliances are not equipped for 220+ volts, then you will need to bring a power converter as well, so make sure to check.
What are the toilets like in Russia?
Toilets in Russia vary - if you are in the major cities or on a cruise ship, you will have modern flushing toilets. In the rural areas and remote visitor sites, it is possible that you will only have access to squat toilets. It's advisable to always be prepared with hand sanitizer and a small amount of toilet paper in case it is not provided. Some public restrooms do charge a small fee for use.
Approximately what will it cost for:
Public transportation - $0.50
Internet access - $2/hour
Bottle of beer - $0.80
Snack - $4.00
Dinner - $22.00
Can I drink the water in Russia?
You should not drink the tap water in Russia, and avoiding bottled water helps reduce waste. You will always have access to clean, filtered water throughout your Adventure Life itinerary, but if you plan independent day trips, remember to peel all fruit and ask for your drinks without ice.
What is the most common way of paying for things in Russia?
Russia's currency is the Rouble (ECB), and 1USD is approximately 59 ECB. Most hotels, restaurants, and shops will accept international credit cards, and ATMs are common and reliable in the bigger cities. However in smaller or more remote towns or in small shops and vendors, you might not be able to use your credit card or find an ATM. It's good to have some cash on hand in these situations.
Should I purchase travel insurance for my trip?
We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance before traveling. Check out this page for more information on Travel Insurance