Language: Russian Time: GMT+3 (GMT+4 Mar-oct) Visas: Required by UK nationals. VFS Global (ru.vfsglobal.co.uk) 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.
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