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Real Russia statement on safety concerns and visa availability
Posted by Andrew Glenister on 16 March 2018 12:45 PM

There is currently concern among some travellers, particularly those from the UK, about the safety of travelling to, and within, Russia. And whether they will still be able to obtain a visa to visit Russia.

The Real Russia team would like to respond to these concerns.

While there may be some tension between the UK and Russian governments, and some negativity in the respective media, it is, and remains, safe to travel to Russia.

As usual, we would advise against travel to the border of Russia/Crimea, as well as much of the Caucasus region, as per UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidelines.

When visiting big cities such as Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the same precautions should be taken as a visit to any other big city, such as London or Paris. This is particularly true around tourist attractions such as the Kremlin, or on the Metro, where there can be large crowds.

Based on his experience, travel writer Matthew Woodward has created a helpful guide to staying safe on the Trans-Siberian, which is worth a read if you are planning to travel to Russia.

We have also been asked about the status of England’s involvement in the 2018 football World Cup due to mentions of a ‘boycott’ in the media.

As it stands, England will compete in the 2018 World Cup. The boycott refers to actions to be carried out by the UK government, as they will not be sending any representatives to the World Cup, and have stated that the British Royal family will also not be attending as was originally planned.

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