The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:
- within 10km of the border with the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts
- Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan and the districts of Budyonnovsky, Levokumsky, Neftekumsky, Stepnovsky and Kursky in Stavropol Krai
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
- within 10km of the border with the Ukrainian Kharkiv Oblast
- North Ossetia, Karachai-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria (including the Elbrus area)
In recent weeks, several large-scale political demonstrations have taken place in Central Moscow. Some protests are not given police authorisation. Police detained large numbers of protestors at an unauthorised protest on 27 July. Reports indicate demonstrations are likely to continue to take place in Moscow. These protests usually happen on weekends. You should check the local media for the latest information, be vigilant, and avoid any demonstrations.
Following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury on 4 March 2018, there are heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia. While the British Embassy in Moscow is not aware of any increased difficulties for British people travelling to Russia, you’re advised to remain vigilant, avoid any protests or demonstrations, and avoid commenting publicly on political developments. You may wish to sign up for our email alerts to be notified of any updates to this travel advice.
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Russia. See Terrorism
The UK doesn’t recognise Crimea as being part of Russia. See the Ukraine travel advice page for details.
Political rallies and demonstrations can occur in Moscow, St Petersburg and other places across Russia. Check the local media for the latest information, be vigilant, and avoid any demonstrations. See Political situation
You should be aware of the risk of street crime. See Crime
According to the Federal Agency for Tourism, British nationals made around 177,000 visits to Russia in 2016. Most visits are trouble-free.
Small earth tremors are recorded throughout the year without consequences. To learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, see the website of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Consular support is severely limited in parts of Russia due to the security situation. The North Caucasus remains an unstable and potentially dangerous region. The Russian authorities take a particularly strict attitude towards security, as well as compliance with visa and registration rules. Short-term travel restrictions are sometimes applied in relation to ongoing security operations. These are publicised at very short notice, if at all. Cross-border traffic with Georgia and Azerbaijan is also subject to restrictions. See Local travel.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
You can contact the emergency services by calling 112.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.