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Destination Information

he largest country in the world, Russia is about 5,600 miles from west to east (at the two most widely separated points) and encompasses no fewer than 11 time zones. Its landscape comprises expanses of tundra, taiga (coniferous forest), deserts and steppes. Over the past decade, Siberia and the Arctic Circle have opened up to ecotourism and hunting expeditions, while the dramatic Kamchatka Peninsula offers exceptional fly-fishing.

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels in Russia, dial 011 (international access) + 7 (Russia code) + city code and local numbers in listings.

U.S. Embassy

Moscow, Tel. (7) 495-728-5000. Consulates: Yekaterinburg, Tel. (7) 343-379-3001; Vladivostok, Tel. (7) 423-230-0070.

Currency

Ruble (RUB). Fluctuating rate valued at RUB64.97 = US$1.00 as of October 2019.

Climate

Subfreezing temperatures are normal in Moscow from mid-October until mid-April; summers can be surprisingly warm and sunny.

Time

Moscow is seven hours ahead of New York (EST).

Entry Requirements

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay) and visa. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.