19 June 2018 - RPS Partnership
Travel Tips for Russia – 12 June 2018
The World Cup has started and tourists and journalists alike will still be making their way to Russia. Due to the current heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia it is advisable to read through travel tips that have been issued by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and other nationalities may wish to read what their own Ministries of Foreign Affairs say.
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All travel is advised against in the following areas:
- within 10km of the border with the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts
- Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan and the districts of Budyonnovsky, Levokumsky, Neftekumsky, Stepnovsky and Kursky in Stavropol Krai
And these areas are advised against travel unless absolutley essential:
- within 10km of the border with the Ukrainian Kharkiv Oblast
- North Ossetia, Karachai-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria (including the Elbrus area)
Due to heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia, any British travellers should be aware of the possibility of anti-British sentiment or harassment at present. If you’re currently in Russia or due to travel in the coming weeks, you’re advised to remain vigilant, avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publicly on political developments.
Follow any security advice and keep tracks on the political situation closely and keep up to date with travel advice. Other nationalities need to check with their embassies.
Terrorism is very likely in Russia. Although these have mainly been by Islamist and rebel groups in the North Caucasus, attacks in other major cities and regions can’t be ruled out. Political rallies can occur in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other places across Russia, s check the media for the latest information, be vigilant, and avoid any demonstrations.
You should be aware of the risk of street crime, which may well be higher than usual given the volume of foreigners in the cities.
Public transportation is not as bad as initially feared. The Metro has to some extent been adjusted to non-Russian speakers and there are quite a few signs in English. Stations are also called out in English.
Be wary of using unsecure WiFi anywhere in Russia, as you and your employer may be at risk if you are accessing your work emails over these networks.
In an emergency you can contact the emergency services by calling 112 and if you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
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