Safe travel to Russia

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Canadian recommendations and warnings

On May 9, 2019, Global Affairs Canada released advice on safe summer travel arrangements for Canadians.

According to the Travel Advice and Advisories for Russia, Canadians are recommended to “exercise a high degree of caution” while in Russia “due to crime and the threat from terrorism.” Although this risk level points out the existing safety and security concerns, it still allows travelling to the country. At the same time, a number of regions in Russia fall under a total travel restriction. Canadians should either avoid going to the following areas or immediately leave if they are already there: the Ukraine-Russia border district in Rostov Oblast; Budyonnosky, Kurski, Levokumsky, Neftekumsky and Stepnovsky districts in Stavropol Krai; Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria (including the Mount Elbrus region), Karachai-Cherkessia and North Ossetia. In Rostov Oblast, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachai-Cherkessia and North Ossetia, these travel restrictions are connected with tensions between Russia and Ukraine and between Russia and Georgia which could lead to armed clashes. The other forenamed regions are listed among restricted due to frequent terrorist attacks and kidnapping practices.

“The ability of the Canadian embassy in Moscow to provide assistance [in the above-mentioned regions] is severely limited or non-existent.”

Global Affairs Canada also warns its citizens about organized, violent and petty crimes; money fraud; compromised road safety and marine transportation; discrimination against LGBTQ2 individuals; and participation in political rallies in Russia. The Canadian foreign agency shares some strategies on how to stay safe in various situations.

Global Affairs Canada provides more information on entry and exit requirements, health care, risk of natural disasters, import and export of personal goods and medication, as well as driving regulations in Russia.

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