You do not need any special vaccination before visiting Russia - it is a civilized European country that is safe.
If you are taking any prescription medicine, we recommend that you bring enough of it with you to last for the entire trip. You can buy most of medicines in Russia, but often times it comes under different brand names that are tailored to the Russian/European market. Besides, you may need a prescription from a Russian doctor. You won't have time for this, so you should just make sure that you bring all the medicine that you may need with you.
In case if you do forget some vital medicine, please contact your cruise director and request an appointment with a doctor at American Clinic in Moscow or St. Petersburg. For more advise regarding medical emergencies, please refer to next section of tips (While in Russia), but a general rule is always to contact the cruise director our our emergency number that will be provide on your boarding pass.
In case of medical emergencies, your guides are trained to take you to the American clinic in Moscow or St. Petersburg. Your medical insurance will be accepted at these clinics and they can provide you with qualified medical assistance.
Please note, we leave it to discretion of your guide to decide how to transport you to the medical center. In some circumstances it may be faster to use a cab service than to wait for an ambulance due to traffic jams.
Please note, we do not cover expenses that arise from medical situations and other emergencies. We recommend to all of our customers to purchase travel insurance that is designed for this purpose.
Russia, generally, has become much safer than in the past. Besides, you will be traveling with a group of professional guides and will feel safe at all times. However, you should still follow basic safety procedures about your documents and money.
First of all, you should not do not carry your passport with you during land excursions. We recommend that you carry a copy of your passport and visa with you. Leave your documents at the ship.
Secondly, you should be careful with your money and credit cards. Where there are tourists, there are pickpockets. This happens in every major European capital and is not unique to Russia. It is not widespread - the chances that you will encounter pick pockets are 1 out of 100 and the chances that they can steal something from you are 1 out of 1000 if you follow these simple precautions.
How to protect yourself against pickpockets:
- Don’t flash your wallet and money.
- Beware of the surrounding and don't let anyone walk into you. Pickpockets usually work like this: few people accidentally bump into you and then go on walking. The next thing you discover that you are missing something.
- Don’t carry more than few dollars on you (this is about 10,000 rubles).
- Split your money and credit cards to keep them in different pockets. Split between you and your companions too.
- Zipped or buttoned inside pockets are best for storing valuable things as they are harder to reach for pickpockets. Backpacks are also hard to pick.
If it does happen that someone stole your money or cards follow these steps:
- Notify your guide or cruise director immediately
- If someone stole your credit card, call your bank or credit card company and report them stolen.
- Contact the emergency numbers on your boarding pass to notify us if you need assistance.