Travel Advisories for Russia

Travel Advisories

Anyone planning to travel to Russia should know that there are certain areas that should not be visited. The areas where all travel is advised against include Dagestan, Ingushetia, and Chechnya because of security issues around the North Caucasus. Additionally, it is advised that people avoid travel to all the districts both south and east of Stavropol Krai that borders Chechnya and Dagestan, especially Levokusky, Kursky, Stepnovsky, Neftekumsky, and Budyonnovsky.

It is also advised that people avoid North Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, and Karachai-Cherkessia unless absolutely necessary. This includes the Elbrus area. Both kidnapping and terrorism are a serious risk when travelling in any of these areas.

Terrorism Threats

There is a high threat of terrorism in these areas, and attacks cannot be ruled out when travelling in Russia. The places where these attacks may take place could be indiscriminate and include areas that are frequented by foreign travellers and expatriates.

There have been suicide attacks by terrorist groups that have taken place in Moscow, including in airports and against the Metro system. Any rise in violence in North Caucasus could increase the risk of terrorist attacks in Moscow. The most recent recorded terrorist attack in the city occurred on the 19th of July when a car bomb injured one person and the following day another car bomb injured three people. To read more about the terrorist threats in Moscow and the surrounding areas click here.

Travel Advice

When travelling throughout the country it is important to stay vigilant in every public place, including popular tourist sites and crowded places. While most visits made by British Nationals are fairly trouble free there is a risk of mugging, thefts, and pick pocketing. Make sure to pay attention to groups of children and women who beg. There have also been reports of bogus police officers harassing tourists and robbing them.

Road Travel

For those that plan on hiring holiday cars in Russia  your UK driver’s licence is valid. However, it is recommended that you also obtain a Russian translation of your licence that is notarised. You will need to have a car registration, valid insurance papers, your passport, and your UK driving license. If you bring your own vehicle into Russia you will need to claim it with the customs authority.

Outside of the major cities the road conditions in Russia can be extremely poor. Make sure that you comply with all of the speed limits that are set. Traffic police will commonly have stop checks where they will pull over motorists. It is important to make sure that you have all of your documents with you whenever you are driving throughout Russia.

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