5 Things You Need To Know Before Travelling To Moscow

02/24/2017 | Inlea | Inlea Community

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Since some of the members of the Inlea family reside in Moscow, Russia, here are 5 things you need to know if you’re planning on visiting any time soon!

With 17,075,200 square kilometres, Russia is the largest country in the world by surface area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area. It is also the ninth most populous country in the world, with over 144 million people.

The river Moskva flows through it’s beautiful capital, Moscow, which has an average yearly temperature of around 7ºC. The hottest month is June with an average of 19ºC and the coldest is January, reaching temperatures of under 8ºC.

If you wish to visit Moscow, take the following into consideration:

1 – You will need a visa.

Any foreigner wishing to travel to Russia needs a visa. To process a visa, you will need to contact the Russian Embassy in your country of residence well in advance before your trip and complete a tourist visa application, specifying when you plan to arrive and leave. You will also need a travel insurance to cover you for the whole period of time you plan on staying in the country and will have to specify the reason for your trip and the specific destinations you will be visiting.

2 – Don’t forget to register your visa.

A part from processing your visa and having it approved before entering the country, you will need to register your visa once you arrive. You can usually easily do this at the front desk reception of your hote.

3 – Use the Metro.

One of Moscow’s most beautiful sights are actually underground. Moscow’s metro stations are said to be the most beautiful in the world, with 44 of the nearly 200 stations listed as cultural heritage sites. The Metropolitan holds the world record for on-time departures and arrivals, with an accuracy of 99.99%.

4 – Bring a power converter/ adapter with you.

Don’t forget to pack a power converter/adapter for any electronics you plan to use while in the city. The electricity in Russia is 220 volts and the plug is two pin thin European standard.

5 – Make provisions for Moscow’s unpredictable weather.

Generally, the weather in Russia is quite unpredictable, so pack wisely depending on what time of the year you plan to travel there. Regardless of when you plan to visit, make sure you leave room in your bag for an umbrella, a rain coat, sunglasses, comfortable shoes and a couple of sweaters.