Russia is a wonderful country with great tourist attractions to enjoy, But it is also true that most of its tourists are in need of dealing with some fears before traveling.
What are the most frequent fears of tourists when it comes to Travel to Russia?
1-. The language barrier
If you do not speak Russian, your main limitation before coming, you will believe that it is the language and you may be right.
If you do not speak Russian, you must speak English to help you survive; in large hotels, elegant restaurants and tourist areas it is common to find people who speak English; mainly in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In the provinces it is more difficult for people to speak English.
It is advisable that before coming to Russia, Learn to build and pronounce Russian phrases that you get out of trouble as to request an address, ask for a meal, say you're lost and any courtesy phrase like to say thank you, say good morning or please.
2-. Not having a visa to enter
The visa to enter Russia It is necessary if you are from Spain or any other European country, it is actually mandatory for most countries. However, there are agreements with some countries to enter without a visa in case you come as a tourist.
Among the Spanish-speaking countries with this visa-free regime agreement are Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela; Brazil and Israel, which although they do not speak Spanish officially, also have this privilege. Similarly, Russian citizens do not need a visa to enter these countries if they go as tourists.
If you do not belong to one of these countries, that does not limit you, the process to obtain the visa is not so complicated.
3-. A little hospitable Russian culture
The image of a cold and despotic Russian may be the one that comes to mind, as most international documentaries and films are related to a Russian strategist and military. However, that is not the whole of Russia, there are also romantic, nostalgic, poets, idealists and dreamers Russians as in any other country.
Being kind and respectful of Russian culture is the only strategy that will serve to attract that kind being that anyone in Russia has.
4-. Security in Russia
Finally, the fourth fear of most people coming to Russia as a tourist is to meet a society that does not provide security for its tourists; However, this is not so.
If you are not one of the people you like to get into trouble, you will find a society that protects you.
But you should not neglect yourself either, because in cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg you can find pickpockets looking to get rid of your belongings, especially if you take public transport or travel by subway.
The recommendation is to be cautious, keep your belongings hidden, be careful of the people you meet in bars and discos and always stay together with a trusted group.