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Lan­guage: Rus­sian Time: GMT+3 (GMT+4 Mar-oct) Visas: Re­quired by UK na­tion­als. VFS Global (ru.vf­s­ now man­ages all visa ap­pli­ca­tions on be­half of the em­bassy, but be sure to ap­ply well in ad­vance. A 30-day sin­gle-en­try visa costs from £70 (plus a min­i­mum £38.40 ser­vice charge). Money: Rou­ble (RUB), cur­rently RUB78 to the UK£. Health: No spe­cific vac­ci­na­tions are re­quired, but en­sure you take out com­pre­hen­sive travel in­sur­ance.

This fea­ture is adapted from Marco Polo’s Spi­ral Guide: Per­fect Days in... St Peters­burg, which con­tains insider tips, in­fo­graph­ics, tour sug­ges­tions and a large pull-out map. For more in­for­ma­tion, see

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