Russia Travel Information

Photo Russian visa online. Russia borders Estonia, Latvia, Mongolia and China and stretches over 6000 km through Asia until it reaches the coast of the Pacific ocean.
The country itself is huge spanning over 17 million square miles. Due to its size Russia has many different geographical areas, ranging from frozen tundra to large mountain ranges. There is lush green vegetation that covers a large part of the land throughout the country. There will be many wonders awaiting you throughout Russia. Although Moscow is the capital city of Russia there are many large and beautiful cities throughout the country. Each offering its own special contribution to the uniqueness of the country. Whether it be the dome churches or monuments there are more sites to see than you can imagine.

The primary language is Russian. While this is spoken everywhere English is also becoming more common due to the increase of tourism and business activities in the country.

Russian cuisine features a huge array of appetizers, including the famous beetroot and cabbage soups, followed by a huge slab of overcooked meat swimming in a rich sauce and draped with ruined vegetables. Ethnic cuisine seems to be disappearing under the influx of international cuisine: everything from Sushi to hamburgers and pizza. Vegetarians will find the usual all-you-can-eat salad bars and sandwiches which is their usual culinary lot. Moscow and St Petersburg have heaps of western-style supermarkets where you can stock up on al-fresco foods.

Important: Travel to Russia may require a travel visa. Whether a visa is required for travel depends on citizenship and purpose of journey. Please be sure to review Travisa's Russia visa instructions for details. Visa instructions for other countries are available on our do I need a visa page.

Country Statistics

Full country name: Russian Federation
Capital city: Moscow
Area: 17,098,242 sq km
Population: 142,517,670
Ethnic groups: Russian 79.8%, Tatar 3.8%, Ukrainian 2%, Bashkir 1.2%, Chuvash 1.1%, other or unspecified 12.1%
Languages: Russian
Religions: Russian Orthodox 15-20%, Muslim 10-15%, other Christian 2%
Government: federation
Chief of State: President Vladimir Vladimirovich PUTIN
Head of Government: Dmitriy Anatolyevich MEDVEDEV
GDP: 2.383 trillion
GDP per captia: 16,700
Annual growth rate: 4.3%
Inflation: 8.4%
Agriculture: grain, sugar beets, sunflower seed, vegetables, fruits
Major industries: complete range of mining and extractive industries producing coal, oil, gas, chemicals, and metals
Natural resources: wide natural resource base including major deposits of oil, natural gas, coal, and many strategic minerals, reserves of rare earth elements, timber
Location: North Asia bordering the Arctic Ocean, extending from Europe
Trade Partners - exports: Netherlands 12.2%, China 6.4%, Italy 5.6%, Germany 4.6%, Poland 4.2%
Trade Partners - imports: China 15.5%, Germany 10%, Ukraine 6.6%, Italy 4.3%