Russia

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

The currency is the rouble ( RUR), 1 rouble = 100 kopecks.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Russia , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Banks open from Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM. You can find foreign exchange offices everywhere, which, generally, appreciate USD or German marks.



Transportation

Road
Police and customs controls are particularly long at the border with Poland, Lithuania and Byelorussia. To drive by night, even on the main roads, is not recommanded (few roadsigns). The frequent drinking when driving behaviour makes journeys by road dangerous. The supply in fuel is good. The green card is required for foreigners.



Rail
Very old. Watch your luggage and documents and lock the door of the compartment from inside during the night.

Air
There are few domestic flights. Planes are generally old and not very comfortable and maintenance procedures are not scrupulously respected.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .ru



Basic conversation guide

Yes = Da
No = Niet
Thank you = Spasiba
Hello = Zdravstvuyte
Goodbye = Doh svidaniya
I do not understand = Ya not ponimayu
How much does this cost ? = Skolko eto stoit?
I would like to buy. please = Ya hotel by kupit...
Do you accept the credit card ? = Vy prynymaete kreditnye kartochky?
Where is...? = Gde?
Post office = Pochta
bank = Bank
Police station = Militsiya
Pharmacy = Apteka
Airport = Aeroport
Train station = Vokzal
One ticket to. please. = Odin bilet doh...
Would you have any available rooms for tonight ? = Svobodnye mesta na sevodnya is?.

 


Languages spoken

Official language: Russian. Russian law does not give specific directives with regard to the language which should be used when drawing up contracts. However, a translation in Russian must sometimes be made in certain cases in order to make the administrative work easier. It is important to note that contracts with Russian commercial partners are often written in two languages (English/Russian; German/Russian.)


Last modified in January 2006
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