RUSSIA - COUNTRY INFORMATION
You should follow the same precautionary rules as when staying in other countries that are heavily frequented by tourists.
The latest information on the security and health situation can always be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.
Currency unit: Ruble (Rbl)
1 ruble = 100 kopecks.
Current exchange rate:
1 euro = approx. 31.92 rubles
US $ 1 = approx. 24.34 rubles
International credit cards: Yes (American Express, Diners Club, Visa, EuroCard / MasterCard) – are accepted in larger hotels, shops and restaurants where hard currency can be used to pay. Details can be obtained from the issuer of the credit card concerned. Raising cash is possible, but withdrawal is only in rubles and is quite complicated.
ATM: Yes – At the so-called “ATMs” you can withdraw cash, mostly in rubles, sometimes even in US dollars, with a credit card or EC card (PIN number). However, you should not rely exclusively on ATMs, but always have enough cash for a few days to be on the safe side. Since there have been cases of misuse of debit cards and credit cards by manipulated ATMs in the past, when using the card at ATMs, attention should be paid to changes or manipulations on the input keyboard and the collection mechanism as well as unobserved entry of the PIN.
Travelers Checks: Yes – Travelers checks should be made out in US dollars.
The exchange is possible in approved banks in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Since the exchange is very time-consuming, it is preferable to use cash. Traveller’s checks cannot be cashed outside of the two cities mentioned.
Exchange back: is difficult.
The area code from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to the Russian Federation is 007. The area codes from the Russian Federation to Germany are 8 (wait for the dial tone), then dial 1049 and then the German area code without zero. In the same way you dial 1043 to Austria after the 8 (wait for the dial tone) and 1041 to Switzerland. In addition to the private telephone providers who also offer card phones, there are state telephone offices (mostly near the post office) and satellite telephone offices that offer more reliable connections, but are also more expensive. Telephoning from the hotel is complicated and also very expensive. EMERGENCY NUMBERS: Police 02, emergency rescue 03, fire brigade 01, police emergency number in Petersburg 164 97 87.
Cellular Network technology: GSM 900/1800. There are currently roaming contracts with providers in the Russian Federation of E-Plus, O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone.
Banks: Mon to Thu approx. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri approx. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (often without a lunch break);
Post: Mon to Fri 8 am-8pm / 9pm, Sat, Sun and public holidays shorter opening times, in large cities often open around the clock; Shops: Grocery stores usually open all week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. / 11 p.m., often without a lunch break. In large cities there are also supermarkets and smaller shops (kiosks) that are open around the clock. Department stores and shopping malls often Mon to Sun 10 / 11am-8/9 / 10pm;
Russian Embassy in Berlin
Unter den Linden 63-65
Tel .: + 49- (0) 30-229 11 10, Fax: 229 93 97
This information is provided to you by:
Wittmann Travel e.K.
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