Safety and Security

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Some recommendations on safety and security in Russia

Road Travel in Russia

In order to drive a vehicle into Russia you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Car registration
  • Valid insurance document
  • Your driving license
  • Passport

The vehicle will need to be declared with the customs authority at the port of entry into the Russian Federation. Vehicles can be brought into the Russian Federation without the payment of import taxes for a maximum period of one year.

Road conditions can be poor outside big cities. Local speed limits are 60kph (37mph) in the city area. 90kph (55mph) outside the cty and 110kph (62mph) on highways. There is a zero tolerance policy towards drink-driving.

Rail Travel in Russia

f you have any kind of trouble or questions – contact the train attendant present in every vagon. They are very helpful, but sadly not always english-speaking.

Filming in a train in Russia is only possible if you have a media visa and an accredittation issued by the ministry of foreign affairs.

Air Travel

International travellers transiting through Moscow should be aware that British and US nationals require a visa to enter the Russian Federation.

If you are flying to some remote areas of Russia having a connection in Moscow or Saint Petersburg – you have to undertake the customs procedure in the city where you entry the country.


The vast majority of visits made to Russia by British and US nationals are trouble-free. But petty crime does happen in cities. Be alert at all times to the possibility of mugging, pick pocketing and theft from vehicles or hotel rooms and to groups of women and children who beg. Pay attention when drinking alcohol.
Racially motivated attacks do occur in Russia. They tend to increase around 20 April, the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s birthday. Although the great majority of visitors experience no difficulties, there has been a substantial increase in the number of attacks on foreign nationals, especially in large urban areas. Travellers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent should take extra care.

We will gladly help you and your filming crew to make the risk assesment.