Moscow, on the Moskva River in western Russia, is the nation’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, a complex that’s home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside its walls is Red Square, Russia’s symbolic center. It’s home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum’s comprehensive collection and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its colorful, onion-shaped domes.
Russian is the official language of Moscow, and most citizens of this city speak this language. However, English is more widely spoken here than in any other city in Russia, and is the second language of 80 percent of the bilingual citizens of the city.
Moscow has a humid continental climate with warm, sometimes hot, somewhat humid summers and long, cold winters. Typical high temperatures in the warm months of June, July and August are around 23 °C (73 °F), but during heat waves, which can occur anytime from May to September, daytime temperature highs often top 30 °C (86 °F) for sometimes one or two weeks. In the winter, temperatures normally drop to approximately −10 °C (14 °F), though there can be periods of warmth with temperatures rising above 0 °C (32 °F). Summer lasts from mid-May to the beginning of September. Winter lasts from the beginning of November to the end of March.
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The currency of Russia is called the ruble or rouble. One ruble is divided into 100 kopecks. 1 US dollar equals approximately 60 rubles. Some banks accept American Express, Visa and MasterCard credit cards as well as traveler’s checks. A nominal fee is charged for exchanges. It is best to check around.
Russia has 220-volt electricity and a “Type C” European CEE 7/16 Europlug electric plug. You might need to get a universal adapter and converter kit to use US appliances in Russia.
Russia is a multi-ethnic and multi-faith nation. Orthodox Christianity is Russia’s largest religion with 75% of the population belonging to the Orthodox Christian denomination. Islam is professed by 5% of the population. Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism and Buddhism are professed by 1% of the population each.
A new law passed by the Russian parliament in March 2011 meant that since March 25, 2011, it is no longer necessary to register with the authorities based in Russia for stays of less than 7 days. Before that date, any foreigner had to register within 3 working days of arrival in Russia. Alleviating this rule should facilitate travel in Russia.
All foreigners coming to Russia should be registered within 7 working days of arrival, excluding holidays and weekends. Tickets (train, bus tickets) confirm how long has been since you arrived in Russia.
In most cases, the owner of the hotel (or apartment) you rent will perform the registration.
- How to Register in Russia
If we follow the Russian law of 2007, it’s the responsibility of the owner of your hotel (or apartment) to register your Russian visa. Here is the FORM that your host will have to fill out.
- Registration of your visa when staying at the hotel
If you stay at a hotel, the staff will ask for your passport, your visa and your arrival card (migration card obtained at the airport) for your registration. A fee of US$3-US$5 is likely to be required to register your Russian visa. Travelers wishing to have more flexibility are better to not receive an invitation letter from a hotel, because they require that you spend at least a few nights there in exchange for the Russian voucher (needed to apply for a Russian visa) which they will register with the Russian authorities.
- Registration when staying in a private apartment
A new law in Russia allows any apartment owner to complete the registration of its tenants. This takes about an hour to complete. Despite a registration form that must be completed and a little waiting, this procedure is quick and easy. Note that this registration does not need to be done in your presence.
- Where to register
The registration of your Russian visa must be made within seven days of your arrival, either at a police station near your residence, or simply at the post office. Note that if your owner does the registration for you, your presence is not mandatory.
- Documents needed when registering your visa
1) Photocopy of the first page (with photo) of the passport.
2) Russian visa (photocopy)
3) Entry card obtained on arrival in Russia
4) Form (Foreigner Registration Form – Миграционаяформа). The form should be completed in Russian in 2 copies.
More information on visa application, please visit:
• Russia Visa
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation