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
  • Russia is the largest country in the world, and it has a number of cities spread across its vast landscape. It also has widely varying climates.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • There are numerous formalities involved when entering and leaving Russia that you should be aware of, regardless of how long you will be spending there.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • There a number of different visas available if you want to travel to Russia. Citizens of some countries may visit for up to 90 days visa-free.

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

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  • 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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  • 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
  • In order to study in Russia, you will need to have been accepted at an institute of higher education before you apply for a student visa.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • The Russian healthcare system isn't comparable to that in other well-developed countries. Expats should consider comprehensive private health insurance.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • Opening a bank account in Russia should be relatively straightforward. For non-Russian speakers, some banks do have English-speaking staff.

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Tax system, income tax
  • There are a number of taxes that are applicable in Russia. Tax residents are those who spend more than 183 days a year in the country.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Expats moving to Moscow have a number of transport options when it comes to getting around. You can rent a car or book a taxi, or use public transportation

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Expats from a country that is party to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic will not need to exchange their licence to drive in Russia.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Expats planning to move to Russia may want to move their belongings with them. In this case, you should consider hiring an international moving company.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • There are a number of telecommunications providers in Russia, offering phone and internet packages. Mobile contracts may only apply to one region of Russia

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Moscow, the Russian capital city, offers expats a wide range of leisure activities. From sports and chess to the numerous ice rinks that pop up in winter.

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  • Though there are stereotypes surrounding the Russian lifestyle, there are traditions, aspects of the cuisine and festivities that make it truly unique.

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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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