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on July 31st, 2022 (JST) current information.
Furthermore, the details under "Visa" and "Passport" are for Japanese nationals.
This information is likely to change suddenly, so please contact the relevant official authority (e.g., embassy) for the latest information.

Immigration and Visa

Visa

To get a tourist visa, you need a travel confirmation certificate and voucher. From 2017, for part of the Russian Far East only, you can have an e-visa issued that is valid for 8 days (issue of new visas is currently suspended as of July 2022).

Passport

When entering Russia, your passport must be valid for at least six months from the deadline for leaving Russia. When applying for a visa, you must have at least two facing unused visa pages.

Quarantine

When traveling to Russia from Japan, the following items are not prohibited but are subject to quarantine.

  • a. Vegetables
  • b. Meat
  • c. Milk and dairy products

Immigration Card

Immigration

When entering Russia, you are required to submit an arrival and departure card. Half of the card will be returned to you after immigration inspection, and this half must be submitted when leaving Russia. If you are bringing in more than the designated amount of currency or products, you must submit a customs declaration.

  • Visa and passport information is subject to change without notice. Be sure to check with the embassy, consulate, or travel agency.

Customs

Bringing in e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes and liquid cartridges can be brought in to Russia for personal use. They can be treated under the scope for non-essentials that can be brought in without declaration that is up to 200 cigarettes or 250 g of tobacco or up to 50 g of cigars.

Documents required at the time of immigration

Registration of stay

If you are staying in Russia for 8 business days or longer, you must register your stay.
If you are visiting Russia for regular tourism, you will be registered automatically when staying at hotels, so you do not have to worry about stay registration. If you will stay at a friend's house or other type of accommodation, have the host complete the procedure for you.

Time difference and Daylight Saving Time

Time difference

Russia has 11 time zones. The time difference with Japan is minus 7 hours in Kaliningrad that is the westernmost exclave, minus 6 hours most of European Russia including Moscow and Saint Petersburg, plus 1 hour in the Russian Far East including Khabarovsk and Vladivostok, and plus 3 hours in the Chukchi Peninsula on the eastern edge. Russia abolished the Daylight Saving Time system in 2011 and now uses year-round standard time.
The most important thing to be careful of when traveling through Russia is the time difference. Nowadays, planes and other forms of transportation often run on local time in their schedules, but some still use the old custom of running on Moscow time. Right when you get your ticket, check if it is in the local time or Moscow time.

Climate

Climate

Russia has a typical continental climate. Most of the country has a cold climate, with short, cool summers and long, very cold winters. The temperature difference between summer and winter is from 30 to 75°C. The average temperature in January and February is about -10°C in European Russia, about -20 to -35°C in Siberia, and -50°C or lower in some inland places. However, heat waves and mild winters are becoming more common, and it is best to get information about local conditions before leaving.

Currency and Exchange Rate, Tax, Currency exchange, Tip

Currency and Exchange Rate

The unit of currency is the Russian ruble (denoted P on the website). The subunit of currency is the kopeyka (denoted K on the website). 1P = 100K. As of July 28, 2022, 1P ≒2.28 JPY. Rates are variable. Banknotes in circulation are 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, and 10 P and coins in circulation are 10, 5, 2, and 1 P and 50, 10, 5, and 1 K.

Tip

Tipping was not customary in the Soviet Union era. It is not required today either, but tips are expected at restaurants and other places that are frequented by tourists. They should generally be around 10% of the total. Tip around 100 to 200P at cafés. Some restaurants add a 10 to 15% cover charge. In these cases, tipping is not necessary.

Voltage and plug

Voltage

The voltage is 220V and the frequency is 50Hz. Plugs are generally European type C. You can buy plug adapters at mass retailers in Japan, but they are hard to find in Russia. When using Japanese electronics in Russia, be sure to check if the device you are using is guaranteed for use outside of Japan.

Video and DVD

Video and DVD

The TV and video system in Russia (SECAM) differs from that of Japan (NTSC), so media from Russia cannot be played on ordinary media players in Japan. If a DVD displays the same region code as Japan (2), then it can be played on a computer equipped with a DVD player as it is normally compatible with SECAM output, but the DVD cannot be played on ordinary DVD players (unless it is compatible with SECAM).

Mail

Mail

Postal services are not very stable. For important parcels or documents, it is better to use an international carrier like EMS or DHL. Regular international mail should be sent from a large post office like the central post office.

Postal Charge

Regular air mail costs 45 P to send to Japan for both postcards and letters (up to 20 g). It can take two to three weeks for mail to be delivered from Moscow to Japan.

Post Office Business Hours

Hours are generally 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Central post offices in each area also open on Sundays and are open longer than regular post offices.

Phone Call

How to phone

Telephoning Japan from Russia

When calling Tokyo (03) 1234-5678
STEP1

dial 8-10 (International telephone identification number)

STEP2

81 (Country Code, Japan )

STEP3

3 (Remove the first 0 for area codes)

STEP4

1234-5678(Other parties telephone number)

Telephoning Russia from Japan

STEP1

International Telephone Company No.

  • 001 (KDDI)*1
  • 0033 (NTT Communications) *1
  • 0061 (SoftBank Telecom) *1
  • 005345 (au Mobile) *2
  • 009130 (NTT DoCoMo Mobile) *3
  • 0046 (SoftBank Mobile)*4
STEP2

010 (International Identification No.)

STEP3

7 (Country Code, Russia)

STEP4

area codes

STEP5

123-4567 (Other parties telephone number)

  • *1.Not required if you have an international registration with "My Line". See URL My Line/My Line Plus(www.myline.org) for details.
  • *2.au does not require 005345.
  • *3.Pre-registration to World Wing is required for NTT DoCoMo. Does not require 009130.
  • *4.Call are possible without dialing 0046 from SoftBank.
  • If you want to stay on the phone you bring from Japan for the three cell phone carriers, hold down 0 until + appears, then add the country code and the phone number your wish to dial.

Holiday / National holiday

Holiday / National holiday

When holidays fall on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is usually a substitute holiday.

2022

  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • January 7: Orthodox Christmas Day
  • February 23: Defender of the Fatherland Day
  • March 8: International Women's Day
  • May 1: Spring and Labour Day
  • May 9: Victory Day
  • June 12: Russia Day
  • November 4: Unity Day
  • December 31: New Year’s Eve

Language

Language

The official language is Russian. There are over 100 minority languages.

Business hours, etc

Business hours

Public Offices, Embassies

Generally Mon. to Fri. 9:00 to 17:00. Always closed on weekends. Embassies often have limited days and times for reception.

Banks

Generally Mon. to Fri. 9:00 to 18:00. Many close for lunch from 13:00 to 14:00.

Department Stores, Shops, Restaurants

Grocery stores are generally open Mon. to Fri. 8:00 to 18:00 and boutique stores are generally open from Mon. to Fri. 10:00 to 18:00. Some stores close for lunch. Many shops are now open every day. Most major shopping centers are open 365 days a year. Although it varies by shop, there is less 24-hour business than in Japan.

Age Limit

Drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco are prohibited in Russia for those under 18.

Drinking

Drinking alcohol is prohibited in parks, on the street, in other outdoor places, and in public facilities. You cannot drink alcohol except in bars and restaurants and in homes, and violators will be fined. It is also prohibited to sell alcohol at night.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in airports, station buildings, at bus stops, and in other public places, and violators will be fined. Smoking is generally also prohibited in restaurants, cafés, bars, hotels, station platforms, on ships, and on long-distance trains.

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