Things To Know About Russia : Do’s and Dont’s

Some Suggested Do’s and Don’ts
Do

  • Make the most of St. Petersburg’s rich history and heritage by visiting its museums, galleries and theatres
  • Carry your passport, visa and registration with you at all times as you may be required to present it if the police stop you in the street
  • Watch out for pickpockets; especially along Nevsky Prospekt
  • Learn a few Russian phrases. A good way is through the ‘Speak Russian Free’ app available on Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.holfeldapps.speakrussianfree&hl=en
  • Get out in the snow during the winter. There are plenty of places for ice skating and cross country skiing

Don’t

  • Don’t drink the water
  • Tap water in St. Petersburg is contaminated with the diarrhoea-causing parasite Giardia lamblia. It is therefore strongly recommended that only bottled water is consumed
  • Tap water in other cities is drinkable but the colour and quality can vary due to the age and quality of the pipes in the area. Therefore, bottled or filtered water is recommended
  • Don’t be worried if your credit card is taken from you in a bar or restaurant. This is normal practice when paying your bill
  • Don’t forget your hat during the winter. Temperatures in St. Petersburg can drop as low as -30C and not wearing a hat during winter can be seen as arrogant
  • Don’t be offended by people smoking indoors. Smoking indoors and in public places is not prohibited under Russian Federation Law
  • Don’t whistle indoors. According to Russian superstition whistling indoors is believed to bring poverty, while whistling outdoors in perfectly normal
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About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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3 Responses to Things To Know About Russia : Do’s and Dont’s

  1. Andrey Maltsev says:

    – Don’t be offended by people smoking indoors. Smoking indoors and in public places is not prohibited under Russian Federation Law

    nope, Shaun, already prohibited! from 1 of June.

  2. Meiklejeaaaaaan says:

    Thanks for the general Russian survival advice – I’ll come visit one day 🙂
    Good to see you’ve finally seen sense & got an Android phone! 😉

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