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Travel information about Russia

Russia is the largest country on Earth with 6,612,100 sq mi of land, and covering 1/8th of the worlds habitable land. Russia is also the 9th most inhabited country, with 144 million people. Russia crosses 11 time zones, the most in the world, and has many different climates and landscapes.

Capital city of Russia: Moscow

Closest neighbors to Russia: Russia being the biggest country in the world, it has a lot of neighbors and countries bordering it, including Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, and N. Korea.

Best times to visit Russia: Russia can be extremely cold in winter, no matter what part you are in, but there are some pretty good temperatures in the summer months. Russia is so big though, spanning many time-zones, that climates change radically.

How to get to Russia: Getting to Russia is straight forward. Its pretty far for a single flight from US so you’ll probably have a layover somewhere in Europe. You’ll most likely be flying into Moscow or St Petersburg in the West.

Visa requirements for Russia: US passport holders will definitely need to get a visa before arrival, and many embassies try to tell you that you have to do it from your home country, but embassies in Eastern Europe countries give them out usually.

Currency of Russia: The currency in Russia is the Rubble

Official Language of Russia: Russian is the official language of Russia

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Russia

There are 26 UNESCO World Heritage  Sites in Russia, and 24 on their tentative list.

  • Virgin Komi Forests
  • Lake Baikal
  • Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  • Golden Mountains of Altai
  • Western Caucasus
  • Central Sikhote-Alin
  • Uvs Nuur Basin
  • Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve
  • Putorana Plateau
  • Lena Pillars Nature Park
  • Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments
  • Kizhi Pogost
  • Moscow Kremlin and Red Square
  • Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings
  • Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands
  • White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  • Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra
  • Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  • Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin
  • Ensemble of the Ferapontov Monastery
  • Curonian Spit
  • Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent
  • Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent
  • Historic Centre of the City of Yaroslavl
  • Struve Geodetic Arc
  • Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex
  • Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town-island of Sviyazhsk

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.