Russia (Central Asia) travel advice

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Russia (Central Asia) - quick facts
Time difference UK +5 to +9 hours
Language(s) Russian
Currency Russian Ruble
Electricity C + F plug (220V)
Driving side Right
Visa Yes

✝ = requirements for UK travellers.

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Russia FAQs

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Are there entry restrictions to Russia (Central Asia) due to Covid-19?

Russia (Central Asia) is open for tourism from the UK. There are no special entry requirements for Russia (Central Asia).

Check out Ministry of Health, Russian Federation for more information.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Russia (Central Asia)?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK from Russia (Central Asia). The UK no longer requires a passenger locator form, Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

What is the time difference between Russia (Central Asia) and the UK?

The time difference between Russia (Central Asia) and the UK is UK time+5 to UK time+9 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Russia (Central Asia)?

The main language spoken in Russia (Central Asia) is Russian.

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What is the currency in Russia (Central Asia)?

The currency in Russia (Central Asia) is the Russian Ruble (RUB).

Which plugs are used in Russia (Central Asia)?

Russia (Central Asia) uses electrical plug type C + F (220 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Russia (Central Asia)?

They drive on the right side of the road in Russia (Central Asia).

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Do you need a visa for Russia (Central Asia)?

Yes, UK passport holders do need a visa to enter Russia (Central Asia).

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