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    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Russia
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Russia
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for The North Caucasus republics of Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachaevo-Cherkessia

Risk Summary

The travel security risks differ from region to region given the country's large size. Outside the North Caucasus region, crime, the unreliability of the police force and other government emergency services, and deficiencies in infrastructure such as roads, are the principal risks to travellers. Incidents of petty and opportunistic crime are common and incidents of violent crime do occur. Racially motivated attacks are a serious concern, particularly in the capital Moscow and St. Petersburg; although these are predominantly directed against migrants from Central Asia and the Caucasus region, people of African, Asian or Middle Eastern appearance are also targeted.

The risk of terrorism outside the North Caucasus region is most credible in Moscow, which has been targeted several times in the past. Although foreigners have not been directly targeted in terrorist attacks, the choice of targets, notably public infrastructure, means that personnel face significant incidental risks.

The risk of social unrest is low. While politically motivated demonstrations are relatively common, especially in the main population centres of Moscow and St Petersburg, the security implications for foreign personnel are low. Localised confrontations between opposition activists and the police occur regularly during unauthorised demonstrations, but this is unlikely to pose any significant risks to travellers.

The security risks are considerably higher in the North Caucasus republics of Chechnya, Dagestan, North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachaevo-Cherkessia. Business travel and business operations in this region remain problematic because of the ongoing Islamist-inspired insurgency and terrorism campaign, the continuing conflict between the security forces and Islamist militants, poor infrastructure, weak rule of law, a high risk of kidnap and limited security/logistical support.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE


Vaccinations For Russia
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Japanese encephalitisVaccination is recommended for travel to far
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Tickborne encephalitisMay be recommended for those visiting forests,
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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