Do not forget to pack these 4 important things
Matryoshka’s Diary is back with one useful topic. Whether you’re heading to Russia for vacation or business, there are a few things you should remember to bring along. Start with packing your summer clothes (remember that it does get very hot in summer), make sure you have an adapter; your passport and visa, and of course some rubles!
Citizens of most countries (outside of the former Soviet Union) will be required to apply for a visa before arrival. In order to get one, you should apply well in advance of your trip through an embassy. You will also need an invitation (issued by a hotel at which you plan to stay or through a travel agent), and you can use this invitation to apply for your visa. Make sure you carry your passport with you wherever you go in Russia as sometimes police do random checks.
As for Enjoy Russian language school, we provide our students with the full visa support, so you don’t have to worry about the above-mentioned steps 🙂
Bring some cash with you, as it is likely that you will need it. Euros and USD can be exchanged almost anywhere in Russia. There will be ATMs, but it’s not uncommon to find them out of order—so don’t take that risk. Make sure the bills are in good condition, as it’s quite common in Russia for people (and even banks) to reject damaged bills.
If you’re traveling to big and busy cities (for example, Moscow and St. Petersburg) and planning on seeing local attractions, make sure you keep your money in a safe place. Either wear a money belt or get a small bag with a zip that sits close to your body—and keep an eye on your belongings at all times. And again, if you are planning to learn Russian in Petrozavodsk, you won’t probably need it, since our town is cozy and tranquil.
Electrical adapters in Russia use the two prongs round European outlets (see the image below) Russia uses 220-volt electricity (America uses 110 volts).