Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jun 18, 2012 9:37 AM Last Post By: everbrite
Jun 5, 2012 9:58 AM
Russia QuestionsFinally I will be flying to Russia at the end of the month for a 10 day (5 in Moscow 5 in St Petersburg) trip and I am very excited.
I am reading all these guidebooks and they make me very nervous.
Do I have to declare my PC notebook,video camera,etc... at the customs when I arrive ?
Do I have to declare the amount of every foreign currency I carry with me ?
Are Russian customs very strict on these issues ? how about when I leave Russia ? I understand that antiques are no-no to take away,should I worry about anything else ?
All the guidebooks write that credit cards are not popular and I can not use them as much and most establishments want cash,is that true ? can I find ATMs easily ? do I have to take cash with me ? how safe are the taxis ?(they do not get very favorable opinions by the travellers) should I worry about the taxis as well ?
Jun 5, 2012 10:44 AM
I understand that antiques are no-no to take away,should I worry about anything else ?
Not all antiques or art are no-no's. For some they can be exported if you get the proper certificate.
Jun 5, 2012 11:18 AM
2Ruth is right, the metro should really get you everywhere you want to go with the exception of the airport. The best thing to do, so that you don't get taken advantage of, is write down a taxi service's number (they'll be written on the sides of taxis everywhere) and call that number to book a cab in advance. They'll tell you how much it will cost over the phone, so there's no negotiating with the taxi driver later. Good luck to you!
Jun 5, 2012 11:49 AM
3Yes a lot of these guide books/websites do seem to enjoy putting the fear of God into people. Taking a computer with you isn't a problem unless it's still in the box.
Are Russian customs strict? Depends on you if I'm honest, I'm not sure how they treat people from your country but I seen for myself they much more thorough with people from non western countries.
Are you planning on buying antiques? I took a onyx chess set out of the country once and even that got the customs clucking at the airport.
Cash or card? Cards are much more widely accepted than you might think, no more different than your home country. The problem I find in Russia when using cash is they will have you fumbling through your pockets looking for change.
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