Business Class Travel to Russia
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Below is some helpful information to consider, before you book your flight.
Traveling to Russia
Russia also known as the Russian Federation and is the world’s 9th most populous country in the world with over 140 million people. The diverse landscape ranges from snow-capped mountains to sparkling beaches, and the variety of landscape is part of what makes Russia so beautiful. The country is a powerhouse, with a large reserve of oil and natural gas and a stash of nuclear weapons. Nonetheless, the perception that Russia is a cold dark place is just a myth. Russia can be a good place to do business if the proper research is completed and prior contacts are made.
Arriving in Russia and Transportation
Russia has many airports, but there are three main ones including: Moscow Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovolargest. Of the three, Moscow Domodedovo Airport receives the most traffic and is considered to be the main international airport in Russia. Like most airports, Domodedovo Airport has a few different options for transportation. There is public transportation, private car service, rental cars and of course, taxis. If you are not going to be doing much driving, a taxi may be the most practical option to get to and from your hotel.
Visa and Passport
To enter Russia for anything other than a layover, a US citizen will need a valid passport and visa. The United States and Russia government entered into a visa agreement on September 9th, 2012, so the visa requirement is fairly new. A US citizen will not be able to get a visa upon arrival, so make sure you take the proper steps before arriving for admission into the country.
Visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs website for the most current information regarding travel documentation for entry into the Russian Federation.
Money in Russia
The Russian Ruble is the official currency of Russia. Notes come in denominations of 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000, and 5000. There will be money exchange counters at the airport and the airport is a good place to make the exchange. However, majority of restaurants and hotels will accept major credit cards like Visa and MasterCard. As always, check with the exchange rate with your bank prior to travelling. This will save you unnecessary foreign exchange fees associated with credit and debit cards.
If you need additional information regarding converting currency, visit Yahoo’s Currency Converter.
Doing Business in Russia
There are a lot of misconceptions about doing business in Russia. The general view is that Russia is a gloomy cold place and the business atmosphere is the same. While there’s no escaping the cold frosted Russian winters, your business interactions do not have to be chilling. With any international business encounter, it’s important to do your due diligence and market research. After you’ve done your research, there are a few things you should understand about doing business in Russia.
- As in many other countries, building relationships is key. In Russia, trust and partnerships are essential to getting deals done, and you’ll find that many of the deals will get closed outside of the office.
- English is not universally spoken, so it’s advised to have a Russian interpreter. Although many Russian businessmen speak English, it’s best to be prepared and not assume.
- Generally speaking, things that matter in western business culture, matter in Russia like relationships, trust and loyalty. If the research and work is done up front, you may find much success doing business in Russia.
Things to do in Russia
Every country has must-see attractions and Russia is no different. If you have some downtime in between your meetings, there is much to see. Some of the more popular attractions include:
- St. Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sobor)
- Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)
- Weir on river Iset
- Volgograd State Panoramic Museum
Of course, where you do business in Russia and how much free time you have, will determine where you visit. So start planning now because there really is a lot to see and do and a little something for everyone.