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Russia Travel Planning & Travel Tips

Embassy Contact Information:
 Americans living in or visiting Russia are encouraged to register at the consular section of the U.S. Embassy or at the U.S. Consulate General closest to the region of Russia they will be visiting, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Russia. The U.S. Embassy's consular section is located in Moscow at Novinskiy Bulvar 19/23; The Embassy's switchboard is 7 (095) 728-5000, American Citizen Service's telephone is: (7) (095) 728-5000, fax: (7) (095) 728-5084. After-hours emergencies: (7) (095) 728-5000. Also monitor the embassy's website at or e-mail at

Russia Climate: In general, the best time to visit is May-September, when the day temperatures are in the 70s-90s F/23-35 C, and nights are in the 50s-70s F/10-23 C. Spring and early fall, however, are unpredictable: Snow flurries and temperatures in the mid 20s F/-5 C are possible in May and September. Be sure to take waterproof shoes for spring or fall visits-there's a lot of mud. There are a few reasons someone might want to go during the winter: In Moscow and St. Petersburg, the leaves have fallen and the striking architecture can be seen much more clearly; it's also easier to get tickets to see the Bolshoi and Kirov (Mariinsky) ballets and operas, and there are no crowds at other tourist attractions. Those visiting in winter will want to take along their warmest clothes, boots and hats: It's bitterly cold (Moscow is as far north as southern Alaska) and quite dry. We recommend a long, insulated coat-the best you can afford. 

Calling Internationally: Dial the international calling number (011 from the US), then the country code (for Russia it is 95), then the phone number. 

Travel Insurance for Russia Trips: You should consider the benefits of travel insurance as part of your Russia travel planning. Most travelers look for travel tips that discuss the importance of travel insurance and travel insurance through Travel Guard can provide important coverage for your trip.

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