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.

Wouter Van Rijn From the Travel team
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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 £5 for single trip travel insurance for 1 week in Europe based on Compare the Market data in June 2019.
***50% of people could achieve a quote of £8.15 for European multi travel insurance for Europe based on Compare the Market data in June 2019.
****50% of people could achieve a quote of £10 for worldwide travel insurance for 1 week based on Compare the Market data in June 2019.        
*****50% of people could achieve a quote of £16.25 for Worldwide multi travel insurance based on Compare the Market data in June 2019.
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What type of travel insurance do I need when visiting Russia?

When travelling to Russia then you’ll need either a single-trip or annual multi-trip policy.  

If you’re visiting Russia for work purposes then it’s a good idea to buy business travel insurance. This can cover you for missed flights and protect expensive equipment, such as a work laptop.  

If you’re planning a gap year to study abroad, then you’ll need to ensure you have backpackers insurance. This will typically provide 12-18 months cover.

What you do when you’re abroad will also affect your cover. If you decide to do any winter sports, such as skiing then you’ll need a winter sports travel insurance policy, which will offer more comprehensive cover than a standard policy. You’ll typically be covered for:

  • loss of ski pass
  • avalanche delay
  • piste closure for more than 24 hours
  • personal liability should you injure someone else

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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