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A report on the security tips for being in russia

Page Content Summary Exercise a high degree of caution in all parts of Russia because of the threat of terrorist activity and crime. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times. Reconsider your need to travel to regions bordering the Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv due to the volatile security situation in this area.

Do not travel to some parts of the North Caucasus, such as Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, the south-east part of Stavropol bordering Chechnya, Karbardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia, because of the high threat of terrorist activity.

Terrorism is a threat throughout Russia.

  • Pay close attention to your personal security at all times;
  • Keep your credit card in sight at all times;
  • Controlled and forbidden zones in venue cities;
  • Some Russian tour operators offer package tours that include travel to Crimea.

Terrorist attacks have occurred in Russian cities, including Moscow and St Petersburg. Terrorist attacks could take place in other regions of Russia. Russian intervention in the conflict in Syria has heightened Russia's profile with terrorists linked to or inspired by the conflict. See Safety and security. Terrorism targets have included public transport, transport hubs and public places popular with foreigners. The terrorism threat is underscored by frequent statements from Russian authorities that they have disrupted planned attacks.

Be alert to possible threats, especially in public places. Foreigners aren't permitted to cross the land border between Russia and Belarus.

Travel between Russia and Belarus by air. See Entry and exit. Severe winter weather can disrupt travel in Russia. Make back-up plans and contact local authorities about a visa extension early, if required. No implementation dates have been confirmed. See Travel Smart for general advice for travellers. If you arrive in Russia without a valid visa, you will be detained and deported at your own expense, following the payment of a fine.

Apply for the correct visa type, noting the distinction between various visa types, such as 'tourist' and 'visitor' visas. Ensure your visa type reflects your intended activities.

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You may need to provide biometric fingerprints as part of the visa application process. Visa restrictions are strictly enforced and it's virtually impossible to amend visa details once you're in Russia. Special visa-free entry permissions apply to travellers who arrive by commercial cruise ships that dock for less than 72 hours in some port cities, including St Petersburg.

Visa-free entry permissions allow you to disembark for short periods as part of an officially recognised tour organised by a cruise company or registered tour operator.

Discuss your travel plans with your cruise operator well in advance of travel and check whether you need to obtain a Russian visa. If you transit through Russia on the way to a third country, check transit visa requirements.

If you're travelling between Russia and Belarus, you must obtain visas for both countries. As visa and other entry and exit conditions such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations can change at short notice, contact the Embassy or Consulate of Russia for up-to-date information.

Other formalities Migration card All foreign visitors receive a migration card on arrival in Russia. If provided a migration card in paper form, keep the stamped exit portion of the card with your passport, as you'll need to provide it to passport control on your departure.

The migration card covers both Russia and Belarus.

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Retain the stamped migration card as you'll need to present it when exiting the last of the two countries visited. If you lose your migration card, a replacement can be requested from the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs but this could delay your departure and involve significant costs. No implementation dates have been announced. Electronics The importation of electrical and some high technology equipment is strictly controlled.

For example, Russian Customs has advised that visitors may import terminal Global Positioning Systems GPS devices provided they declare them on arrival. However, if you want to import a GPS peripheral device connected to a computer or to an antenna even as a business sampleyou'll need to get a special customs permit in advance. You'll need to show evidence of advance approval to import a satellite phone. Approval can be obtained from the Federal Service for the Supervision of Communications.

Russian border officials can demand to inspect any electronic device including installed software on departure. Medicines In June 2016, the Russian Government introduced changes to laws concerning the importation carrying and use of medicines. These changes affect some medicines that can be purchased over the counter in Australia. Travel between Russia and Belarus Foreigners aren't permitted to cross the land border between Russia and Belarus.

Contact the Embassy of Russian and the Embassy of Belarus for up-to-date information.

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A registration fee applies. Most hotels do this on behalf of guests, but you're legally responsible. Confirm with check-in staff on arrival that you have been registered.

If you're not staying at a hotel, the registration process can be complex. Those travelling on a visitor-type visa should register at the nearest post office. Those with visas allowing employment should be registered through their employer. If you don't register, you can be fined and it could delay your departure. To arrange a new visa: If you replace your passport while in Russia, ensure your visa is transferred into the new passport. Departing Russia Make sure you leave Russia before your visa expires.

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Some visas, including tourist visas, can't be extended. If you overstay your visa, you won't be allowed to leave Russia until the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs determines your legal status or an order is issued to deport you. You can be detained until the authorities process your case. There are strict regulations covering the export of antiques, artworks including modern art and posters if they are particularly rare or valuable and items of historical significance purchased in Russia or imported to Russia from abroad.

If you want to export any antiques, artworks or items of historical significance, keep receipts of your purchases and: Don't attempt to export items requiring permits without the relevant paperwork as it's a serious offence.

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Russian border officials can demand to inspect any electronic device including installed software on your departure from Russia. Passport Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you intend to return to Australia and in good condition. Travellers have been refused entry to Russia when their passport has less validity or is in poor condition. Your passport is a valuable document and attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.

Always keep it in a safe place. Be aware of attempts to obtain access to your passport by deception. If you're forced to hand over your passport, contact the Australian Embassy for advice.

If your passport is lost or stolen, you must notify the Australian Government as soon as possible. Declare all amounts in excess of RUB3,000 on departure. Make sure a customs official a report on the security tips for being in russia your incoming declaration as only stamped declarations are valid. Carry proof that your funds were imported and declared, or legally obtained in Russia.

Federal Customs Service Only exchange money at banks. Travellers have been victims of fraud when trying to exchange money with strangers in the street or in a bank queue. Major bank cards are widely accepted, but fraud occurs.

Only use ATMs in banks and during business hours. Keep your credit card in sight at all times. Hide your PIN code at all times. Travellers cheques aren't widely accepted, even in Moscow and St Petersburg. Safety and security Terrorism Terrorism is a threat throughout the world. Exercise a high degree of caution in Russia due to the threat of terrorist attack. Terrorist attacks have occurred in Russian cities, including Moscow and St Petersburg, and are a particular threat in the North Caucasus region.

Attacks could also take place in other regions of Russia. There have been a number of terrorist attacks in Russia. On 19 August 2017, eight people were injured in a knife attack in the city of Surgut 2,100 km north-east of Moscow. On 3 April 2017, an explosion occurred on a train traveling between the Sennaya and Technological Institute metro stations in St Petersburg. In December 2014, militants attacked a traffic police checkpoint outside the city of Grozny, Chechnya.

In December 2013, attacks on public transport occurred in Volgograd caused a number of deaths and injuries. Possible targets of future attacks include public transport, such as subways, trains and buses, airports, commercial and public places, such as government buildings, residential complexes, hotels, restaurants, bars, schools, businesses, embassies, places of worship, markets, tourist areas, major sporting events and mass gatherings.

The Australian Government is extremely limited in its capacity to provide consular assistance in those parts of North Caucasus. Tensions in Georgia may impact on security in the Georgia-Russia border area. In planning your activities, consider the kind of places known to be terrorist targets and the level of security provided. Exercise particular caution around locations known to be possible terrorist targets.

Have a clear exit plan if there is a security incident in crowded places. Report any suspicious activity or items to police. Take official warnings seriously and follow the instructions of local authorities.

If there is an attack, leave the affected area immediately, if it's safe to do so. Attacks are often perpetrated by skinhead groups or ultra-nationalists.