“In a healthy body lives a healthy soul,” says an old Russian saying. Traditionally, Russians always care about their health and love sports; not a single Russian carnival ever passed without a sporting contest.
And although sport is still a very important part of Russian daily life, it’s usually enjoyed in a friendly game of soccer or shooting hoops. Gyms are not as common and can be expensive. Joining a modern gym in Moscow can cost $750-1000 a year. Some of the 5-star hotels have fitness centers.
Some of Russia's freshest food is sold at fresh market. If you plan on exploring the flavors of Russia, it's a good idea to be repaired by having some meds for upset stomach , disinfectant gels or wipes can be helpful. Moscow and St. Petersburg have variety of supermarkets, but it's harder to avoid markets and kiosks in smaller cities. Bottled water is widely available. You will find that most common bottled water is carbonated. Unless that’s your choice, ask for water “not carbonated” – “voda bez gaza.”
The most prominent one is HIV (Médecins Sans Frontières estimates that 350,000 to 600,000 people are living with HIV or AIDS in Russia), although syphilis is at present still predominant. Visitors to Russia run a high risk of acquiring STDs when they do not take simple precautions, such as using condoms when engaging in sexual activities.
Russia has no vaccination requirements, but it's a good idea to be up-to-date with your shots. For more advice on which shots to get and which diseases to worry about, check out:
While Western health care comes at a price, charges are often comparable to those in the United States, and you may be able to have the bill sent directly to your U.S. or European insurance company (inquire at the specific clinic.) Here are some options:
British American Family Practice & Urgent Care
Address: #7 Grafsky Pereulok St. Petersburg 191002 Russia
24 Medical Helpline: 7-812-327-6030
Hours: 24 hours a day/7 days a week
Home of St. Petersburg’s only American and British Doctors
Medical Center address: 10 2nd Tverskoi-Yamskoi Pereulok, 125047 Moscow,
Dentistry Center address: 34 Konushkovskaya Ul., 123242, Moscow,
Address: 10th Floor, Polyclinic No. 1, 31 Grokholsky Pereulok, 129010 Moscow
Phone: (7-095) 937-5760
Emergency Phone: (7-095) 937-6477
Contact: Maxine Ash, 937-5760
email@example.com to make an appointment or
firstname.lastname@example.org for free medical advice.
Address: 26, build. 6, Prospekt Mira (entrance from Grokholsky Pereulok)
Phone: (495) 933-77-00
Fax: (495) 933-77-01
Address: 78 Moika embankment, Saint Petersburg, 190000, Russia
Phone: +7 (812) 740-20-90
Fax: +7 (812) 310-46-64
Go To Russia is a US-based corporation, providing travel and visa services since 1998. We have Russians, Ukrainians and Americans in our staff and our company history began at a time when Russia-US relations were on an extraordinary upswing, led by charismatic presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin.
Unfortunately, times have changed, and Russia is now ruled by an autocratic leader, who destroyed all liberal and democratic institutes, free elections, independent justice system, jailed opposition activists and caused the largest brain-drain immigration in the country’s history.
We deplore militaristic policies of the current Russian government toward Ukraine and the annexation of its territories, beginning with the Crimea in 2014 and now with Donetsk/Luhansk region. And we are also extremely worried that Putin will not stop at this, as he clearly mentioned that he considers Ukraine’s government to be illegitimate and a result of a coup.
We believe in Ukraine’s right to self-determination and trust in peaceful solutions to this crisis with the help of world leaders and good people everywhere.
As for our core business — we invite everyone to visit Russia now more than ever. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring us, but we live in historical times today, and while the borders are still open — come meet Russia’s people, discover what they really are like and see its beautiful sights.
Alex Khodorkovsky, President and CEO