Russia Shopping, Embassy and Communication

By | May 6, 2022



The official language is Russian. The languages ​​of the ethnic minorities are also common. English, German and French are partially spoken.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

01/07/2022 Russian Orthodox Christmas Day

02/23/2022 Day of Defenders of the Homeland

03/08/2022 International Women’s Day

05/01/2022 Spring and Labor Day

05/09/2022 day of the victory

06/12/2022 Day of Russia

11/04/2022 Day of the Unity of the People

12/12/2022 Constitution Day


Duty free shopping


The following items can be imported duty-free into the Russian Federation by air travelers: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco products (persons aged 18 and over) 3 liters of alcoholic beverages (only persons aged 18 and over); perfume for personal use; 250 g caviar (canned); Gifts and other goods up to a value of €10,000 (when entering by plane) / €500 (when entering by land or sea) and up to 50 kg (when entering by plane) / 25 kg (when entering by land or sea). water) total weight. The following items can be brought into the Russian Federation duty-free by travelers by train/car or ship: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco products (persons aged 18 and over). ) 3 l alcoholic beverages (only persons over 18 years); perfume for personal use; 250 g caviar (canned); Gifts and other goods up to a value of €500 and a total weight of up to 25 kg. Note: Upon entry, a customs declaration must be filled out, which must be presented upon departure. All personal items brought in, including currency and valuables, must be recorded on this form. With precise customs control, the customs formalities can be tedious. The export regulations are very strict; it is advisable to inquire about the current regulations upon arrival.

Prohibited Imports

Weapons, ammunition, narcotics, drugs and everything that can be considered accessories for drug use, pornography, immoral or subversive articles, photographs and printed media directed against the Russian Federation, third-party items to be imported for that person, animals, meat and meat products, more than 250 g of canned sturgeon caviar or products made from it, fruits and vegetables. More information is available from

Contact addresses

Embassy of the Russian Federation

Consulates General issuing visas in Geneva. Honorary consulates in Zurich and Lausanne.

Note: The entrance to the consular department is on the main street, Brunnadernstr. 53

Brunnadernrain 37
+41 (31) 352 05 66/68 and +41 (31) 352 64 65. Consular Section: +41 (31) 352 05 67 and +41 (31) 352 04 25.

Mon-Thu 08.00-12.30, Fri 08.00-14.00.

Consular department of the Embassy
Behrenstraße 66
+49 (30) 22 65 11 84.

Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00.

Submission of visa applications Mon-Fri 09.30-12.30, document issue Mon-Fri 12.30-13.00.

Embassy of the Russian Federation

Consulate General with visa issuance in Salzburg, Tel. +43 (662) 62 41 84. Honorary consulates in Innsbruck and Bludenz.

Reisnerstraße 45-47
+43 (1) 713 86 22 and +43 (1) 712 12 29. Consular Section: +43 (1) 712 32 33 and +43 (1) 713 97 70.

Mon-Fri 08.30-12.15 and 13.15-17.30. Consular section: Mon, Wed, Fri 09.00-12.00.

Embassy of the Russian Federation

Consulates General in Bonn, Frankfurt/M., Hamburg, Leipzig and Munich. Honorary consulates in Hanover, Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

Unter den Linden 63-65
+49 (30) 229 11 10.

Mon-Fri 08.30-18.00.


Business etiquette

Proper dress and punctuality are expected. English is the business language, especially in management. Sometimes German is also spoken. It is advisable to have agreed appointments confirmed again and to bring business cards in Russian and German or English with you. Interpreting and translation services are available from various organizations, most of which are paid for in foreign exchange.

Opening hours

Business hours: Mon-Fri 09.00/10.00-18.00 with a longer lunch break.

Business contacts



According to, the country code is 007. After dialing the country code, do not omit the 0 of the area code. The area code for calls within the CIS countries is 8, for international calls 10 must be dialed first. Public telephones (taxophone) are used with special chips or with telephone cards. Some public phones in hotels (high charges) and in airports also accept credit cards. With old public telephones you can only make national calls. Phone cards are available from kiosks, post offices, metro stations and many shops. These cards can be topped up over the Internet and work with any push-button telephone. International calls can also be made in a telephone exchange (some telephone offices also have satellite telephones). International calls are cheapest at night and on weekends. The general emergency number is 112.

Mobile phone

2G (GSM 900/1800), 3G (UMTS 900 and 2100) and 4G. Countless network operators such as MTC have roaming agreements with international mobile operators. All major cities and most regions are within range of at least one network operator. Cell phones can be rented from some cell phone companies. It is also possible to buy a SIM card on site if you have an unlocked mobile phone.


Internet provider is among others BeeOnline. Free and public WiFi hotposts are available in most cities. Numerous hotels, restaurants, cafes, shopping malls, cinemas, train stations, metro stations in Moscow and airports offer free WiFi. Mobile surfing on the Internet is made possible by Goodspeed Wi-Fi hotspots, which are subject to a fee. Some international websites may be blocked. Internet use is also increasing in rural areas. Note: Russia is currently building its own network independent of the global Internet. Legally, the way has already been prepared for this, but the technical implementation has not yet been fully implemented.

Post office

Mail to Western Europe takes eight to sixteen days. Larger hotels accept poste restante and have post offices selling stamps and postcards. Post office hours: 09.00-19.00.


Numerous German-language radio stations can be received over the Internet in Russia.

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