Thursday, September 30

Russia beats Russia – Winter Vacation

Every traveler to Russia needs to have an up-to-date passport and a visa. Check Your visa for how many times and for how long you are permitted to enter Russia. Additional information about visas from Oy Russian Tours Ltd. Take copies of Your passport and visa with You. Passport, visa, their copies, customs declaration forms and all money should be packed in hand luggage. No immunizations are required, but vaccinations against tetanus, polio, diphtheria and Hepatitis A are advised for travelers to Russia.

Typical opening hours for shops are from 10am to at least 7pm. Most shops close for lunch, food shops usually between 1pm and 2pm and others between 2pm and 3pm. Shops are generally open also on Sundays. In St Petersburg from the beginning of April to the middle of November the bridges over Neva are lifted up for the night to allow free passage for ships. Make sure You are on the right side of the bridge before this!

There are 11 time zones in Russia, the nearest areas to Finland Carelia, St Petersburg, Moscow) are 1 hour ahead of Finnish time. Metro is the fastest transport in the city. Going by metro is safe and metros operate until midnight. Millions of Russians use the metro daily so especially during mornings and late afternoons they are crowded. The token is bought at the cash desk before the escalator. This token will let you in at the gate.

It is possible to use Sonera and Radiolinja mobile phone connections in Russia. The calls go through a local operator and price can vary a lot. Ask more information about prices from Your own operator. The price of receiving a call can be surprisingly large. When calling to Russia dial +358 followed by town code and telephone number. When calling from Russia to Finland dial +8 10 358 followed by country code .

To enrich the experience take a RussiaSIM Card , a local service here in US at the wholesale rates to save up-to 85% on Russia roaming. Russia SIM Card includes FREE incoming calls with service across Russia plus lowest call charges back to US. 

Don't have a Unlocked Cell , struck with your present US carrier rent a Russia- compatible cell phone from RebelFone, renting a RussiaCell Phone at $1 a day.

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