A trip to Russia doesn’t just happen out of thin air. The country offers an amazing experience to tourists and travelers alike. But you must prepare for it carefully.
The immigration rules and regulations can change when you least expect it. So, you need to ensure everything is in order on your end. Part of doing the latter is ensuring you have a Russian invitation letter and a valid visa. The country is also large, which means you must be strategic when traveling across it.
Here are 3 factors that you must consider when traveling to Russia:
- How Long Your Immigration Documents Will Remain Valid
When is the last time you took a look at your immigration documents?
Perhaps it’s time to do it again. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after you enter the country. If yours won’t be valid for that long, then you need to determine if you can get away with that. You may have to get a passport replacement or reschedule your trip.
The validity of your Russian visa is also something you must pay close attention to. Depending on which passport you hold, you may need to apply for a visa before leaving your country. The typical visa is usually a single- or double-entry visa that lasts up to 30 days.
If your visit will last beyond the validity of your visa then you will be in serious trouble. The Russian authorities may prevent you from leaving the country for period of up to about 20 days as you wait for your exit visa. During this time, you may have to fend for yourself financially.
So, scrutinize those dates on your Russian visa very carefully.
- How You Will Find Your Way To Where You Need To Be
How do you intend to navigate your way across Russia? Do you even have any idea?
You must carefully consider the challenges that will arise as you travel in a foreign country. Russian is the main language spoken in Russia. But there are also over 30 other languages that are spoken officially within the country.
If you don’t know how to speak Russian, then you need to figure out how you will communicate with people while in the country. What if you get lost and need directions to reach where you are going? What will you do?
But it’s not just language that will prove to be a challenge. Some areas of Russia are difficult to reach. If you want to visit those areas you would need to arrange for transportation early enough so that you can access those areas when the time comes. That may mean booking tickets in advance or contacting local guides and finding the right supplies.
You may not have all the information you need about how you will navigate through Russia. But you should have a basic idea at least of what you need to do.
- How Much Money You Will Need To Spend
How much money do you have to spend on your Russian travels?
Your budget will determine all your activities as you tour Russia. The average cost of living in Russia is generally, lower than that of the U.S. So if you are reasonable about your spending, you should be able to live comfortably while spending less than you would in your country.
But there are ways in which you can save money. This includes walking when you can, using public transport, and traveling to Russia during the off-peak tourist seasons. You should also find out where the locals go to eat and enjoy themselves and join them.
If you are smart about spending, then you can get your money’s worthwhile visiting Russia.
Don’t let yourself feel intimidated by your upcoming Russian visit. If you plan your trip and consider all the important factors, you can travel comfortably and without getting into legal trouble.