The Russian capital of Moscow is ideal for business travellers, as it is home to great conference and event venues, huge companies, and excellent places to visit after meetings.

If you are going on a business trip to Moscow, make sure you know what to take when travelling to Russia.

Before You Go

You must have a valid passport when travelling to Russia, with an expiry date at least 6 months after your visa ends. When you are in Moscow, carry your passport securely about your person at all times – you will be fined if you can’t produce it when asked.

Apply for a visa to enter Russia in advance of your trip to Moscow. When you arrive in the country you will need to sign a migration card at passport control. If you stay for more than 7 days you also need to register with the local Federal Migration Service branch – your hotel can help with this.

The currency in Moscow is the Russian Rouble, and it’s best to order Roubles in advance of your trip to Moscow, and also tell your bank that you are travelling there. When in Russia, use ATMs in banks or hotels, rather than on the street. If you need to exchange more money in Moscow, it’s best to exchange Euros or USD rather than UK Pounds.

Russia has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with the UK, so British nationals can receive free treatment. However, it is still advisable to have comprehensive insurance when travelling to Russia. You should also check if you need vaccinations and restock prescriptions 2 months before travel.

Russia has a high threat of terrorism from Islamist separatists, with Moscow being a target for attacks. There is no indication that British nationals are specific targets, as most attacks seem indiscriminate. Be vigilant in public places when you are in Moscow, and make sure you check UK Government Russia travel advice before you go.

Just as with any other major city, there is a risk of street crime in Moscow. Purchase a money belt for safely stowing away bank cards, passport and cash, and keep extra cash in your wallet.

If you are going on a business trip to Moscow, pack dark business suits for meetings and other smart clothes for casual wear, and remember to take warm clothing in winter.

Business in Moscow

Many people in Moscow now speak English, but it’s best to check in advance of your meeting in case you need an interpreter. Russians give less verbal and physical responses than you would expect during a meeting, so do not be alarmed by this.

Moscow has several great locations for meetings and conferences. Khimki Business Park in the north of Moscow is one of the top hubs for industry, housing some of Russia’s biggest organisations.

The Expocentre Fairgrounds hosts hundreds of exhibitions and conferences each year. Upcoming events include the 21th Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition in March, and Robot Expo 2014 in May.

Trade fairs and conferences in Moscow are often held at Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre in the Krasnogorsk area. Visitors can look forward to the 10th International Meeting Industry and Business Travel Exhibition at Crocus Expo in September 2014.

Visiting Moscow

In Moscow, there is a great metro system as well as buses, trams, and taxis. The city has 4 main airports which connect international and domestic flights.

Visitors to Moscow can enjoy comfortable and stylish rooms at the Park Inn Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel, which is just minutes from Moscow Airport.

If you are on a business trip to Moscow make time to see some famous Moscow attractions when you visit the city.

Head to the historic Red Square, which is home to a number of incredible buildings. Visit the domineering Kremlin, one of the top Moscow attractions. Make a date after your meeting to see a show in the beautiful Bolshoi Theatre. Marvel at the colourful and decorative St. Basil’s Cathedral. On a hot day, get an ice cream and go for a walk around the famous Gorky Park. Explore the city’s restaurants and bars, and sample Russian cuisine like rye bread, borsch, pancakes, and goulash, washed down with an ice cold glass of vodka.

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