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Compare travel insurance for Russia

Compare travel insurance for Russia

Exploring historic cities and artistic monuments are just a few reasons why you might visit the largest country in the world. Read our guide on what you need to know about travel insurance for Russia to find the right deal that will cover you for your trip.

Patrick Ikhena
From the Travel team
4
minute read
posted 14 OCTOBER 2019

Why do I need travel insurance for Russia?

Travel insurance for Russia can provide financial cover for unexpected costs while you’re away, such as emergency medical assistance.

Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)^ isn’t valid in Russia and therefore you’ll be expected to pay for treatment in advance, which you can typically claim back under your travel insurance policy.

It’s important to take out travel insurance when you book your holiday so that you’re covered if you need to cut your trip short or cancel it altogether due to an emergency, such as a bereavement.

^UK residents can use their EHIC during the Brexit negotiations, until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 31 January 2020. The UK Government has proposed a scheme similar to the EHIC in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and consequently the EHIC no longer being usable. However, the implementation of that scheme is subject to EU countries agreeing to that proposal.

How much is travel insurance for Russia?

If you’re visiting Russia, your travel insurance may be included in a European policy, or may require a worldwide policy, depending on your provider.

European travel insurance could cost from £5** for a week or £9***for multi-trip policy. Worldwide travel insurance could cost from £10**** for a week or £17***** for annual multi-trip policy, based on Compare the Market data in June 2019.

**50% of people could achieve a quote of £4.59 for single trip travel insurance for 1 week in Europe based on Compare the Market data in September 2019
***50% of people could achieve a quote of £8.25 for for Europe multi travel insurance based on Compare the Market data in September 2019

****50% of people could achieve a quote of £9.95 for worldwide travel insurance for 1 week based on Compare the Market data in September 2019
*****50% of people could achieve a quote of £16.45 for for Worldwide multi travel insurance based on Compare the Market data in September 2019

What else do I need to know when travelling to Russia?

Visa: British passport holders must have a valid visa before travelling to Russia. To apply, your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the date you’re due to enter Russia and contain at least two blank pages.

You’ll also be expected to pay a processing fee and wait up to 7 working days for your Visa application to be processed.

Currency: the local currency is the Ruble

Culture: the social norms in Russia can vary from those seen in the UK. Although Russians are friendly and open among friends, it can be deemed as strange to smile at strangers.

Tipping: while tipping is quite common in Russia, it’s only really done as a sign of appreciation, rather than an expectation. At a restaurant, a reasonable tip would be 10% of your bill.

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