The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against travelling to Russia right now, so you're unlikely to find travel insurance to cover you. Read the FCDO's travel advice for more information
If you're visiting Russia, travel insurance will cover your trip if you need medical attention, it’s cancelled or cut short, if you lose your possessions or you’re a victim of crime, plus much more.
Travel insurance isn’t a requirement for visiting Russia.
However, to get a mandatory visa you might be required to provide proof of medical insurance, so you can seek medical care if you need it.
We checked Defaqto and 95% of policies would cover £3m or more in medical expenses which usually includes medical repatriation costs – read your terms and conditions to see what you’re covered for before you travel.
Look for cover as soon as you’ve committed to go. When you’ve got travel insurance, your trip is covered if you can’t travel for reasons beyond your control, or if the airline goes into administration.
If you’re visiting Russia, plus other destinations this year, annual or multi-trip cover is more affordable than single trip insurance
Depending on where you're travelling in Russia, you’ll need either a European only policy, or worldwide cover.
Trips to St. Petersburg and Moscow should be covered by European cover, but if you’re heading further afield you might need a worldwide policy. Check the destinations listed in your policy to be certain.
If a worldwide travel policy also covers trips to the USA and Caribbean, it’ll be more expensive, so buy a policy that excludes those regions to get the fairest price.
Get to know the local laws before you travel to help avoid any unnecessary claims for legal expenses, accommodation or flights too:
Last checked 12 April 2021