Living in Russia guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Russia with the expat guide

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General information
  • Over the years, Russia has been attracting expats from across the globe. It is deemed to be a melting pot, allying different cultures and lifestyles.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Traveling to Russia will definitely involve various administrative proceedings. You are advised to inquire beforehand on entry criteria.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • You will probably need a visa if you intend to move to Russia. It is best to inquire on entry requirements beforehand.

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  • Foreigners wishing to work in Russia for more than three months have to obtain a work visa. This step requires advance planning.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • It can be quite difficult to obtain an internship in Russia. However, you can still try your luck with appropriate planning.

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  • Nizhny Novgorod is Russia's fifth largest city. It has attracted numerous international companies over the years, offering job prospects.

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  • Russian authorities greatly encourage the setting up of businesses in the country. However, procedures are quite time consuming.

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  • Located in the Volga region, Samara is known to be an industrial hub. The city presents various employment opportunities.

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  • If you are planning to move to Novosibirsk, finding a job there will be your utmost priority. This can be quite difficult, but not impossible.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • It can be quite difficult for foreigners to find accommodation in Yekaterinburg. You will definitely need patience and proper planning.

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  • Finding accommodation is not easy, especially if the research is conducted from abroad. How about Omsk in Russia?

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  • Samara, which is some 800 miles from Moscow, is very conducive to expatriation. The city has a range of accommodation options for foreigners.

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  • Finding accommodation in St Petersburg, Russia, is not a difficult task if you know where to start. Find more details on the citys housing market.

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  • Finding accommodation will be an important step during your expatriation to Novosibirsk. This Russian city offers a wide range of housing units.

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Student visa, University registration
  • If you dream of studying in Russia, it is best to inquire on related formalities beforehand. These should not be too complicated.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Health care will be one of your priorities once you have settled in Russia. Subscribing to a health insurance is highly recommended.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • Opening a bank account in Russia will be another important step during your expatriation there. This should be a quite easy process.

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Tax system, income tax
  • If you are going to work in Russia, you are advised to inquire on the country's tax system. There are different types of taxes in Russia.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • If you are moving to Moscow, you can choose from its various means of transports for your routine travel. You may also rent a car.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • If you are moving to Russia, you will probably want to drive a car to move around the country. For this, you will have to exchange your driver's license.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Russia requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Telecommunications will be another important component of your expatriation to Russia. You may choose among various service providers.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Moscow, the Russian capital city, offers a wide range of leisure activities to expats. You will definitely not get bored there.

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  • Moving to Russia also means adapting to a new environment with a different lifestyle. It is best to inquire on these beforehand.

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  • Pets are the most welcome in Russia. However, you are advised to inquire on health requirements regarding pets before traveling there.

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