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Travel Crimea Russia

"Crimea, Russia" or "Crimea, Ukraine" ? The peninsula has officially become Russian territory. The international community continue debating the territorial status of Crimea. KazantipVoyage team prefers not to take sides in the hot topic of the moment and is doing its best to objectively describe the situation.
You are planning a visit to Crimea ? There are many question marks hanging over Crimea at the moment. Events in Crimea and Ukraine are fast moving. You should monitor our travel advice regularly and subscribe to email alerts. You should ensure you have the correct visa for the countries you are visiting or transiting.
It is safe to visit Crimea. Some governments try to prevent their citizens from going to Crimea. We can say that Crimea should be put into the list of the places that are really safe for tourists. Attitude of population toward foreign visitors is very welcome.

Visa Crimea Russia

Official Press Release Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia about visits of foreign citizens in the Republic of Crimea (Russian Federation)
"In connection with the reunification of the Crimea and Sevastopol with the Russian Federation, to visit the Crimea, a foreign citizen must obtain a Russian visa in one of the diplomatic and consular missions of the Russian Federation."
Foreign nationals need a visa to visit the Crimea. Ukraine still operates under Ukrainian visa rules. Visitors from the European Union do not need a visa to visit Ukraine.
Foreign nationals are required to obtain an entry visa to visit or transit Russia. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Russia for the most up to date information and for visa services. To apply, you need to have a visa invitation from Russia. Travelers must receive invitations from a tour operator approved by the Government of the Russian Federation. The length of validity of the invitation has to match the duration of the hotel reservation or the duration of the tour. Bypassing tour operators is nearly impossible.
Visa invitation can be obtained through specially authorized visa agency. Please complete the application form to check if you are eligible for visa invitation letter. You will be provided with quick and professional support. Once the invitation is obtained, the foreigner must apply to the Russian embassy for a visa.

Russia Visa Free regime

Citizens of the following countries enjoy visa free regime hence do not require a visa to enter the Russian Federation:

Russia provides visa-free entry into Russian territory to some countries. They include the CIS countries, Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Hong Kong, Israel, Macedonia, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela, Thailand, and Turkey. Nationals of the countries not included in this list have to obtain a visa.

  • Brazil (up to 90 days in 180 days period) - for tourist, private visits or transit purposes only. Israel (up to 90 days). Tourist documents or the original invitation accordingly are required to be presented to the Russian Immigration authorities.
  • Moldova
  • Serbia Citizens with biometric passports obtained after April 9th, 2008 can stay in Russia up to 30 days.
  • Turkey (up to 30 days) - Ordinary and Service passports holders only. In case of consequent trips total amount of days spent in Russia cannot exceed 90 days in a period of 180 days.

Flights to Simferopol

Flights in and out of Simferopol airport are subject to disruption. All flights to Crimea airport suspended except from Russia : Moscow, St Petersbourg, etc.
Ukrainian International Airlines have cancelled all flights to and from Simferopol. If you’re using this route, you should stay in touch with the airline UIA website.
Turkish airlines is not anymore flying to Simferopol. We strongly recommend that you check for the most up-to-date information about your flight through turkish airlines official Turkish airlines website.
Aeroflot operates daily to and from Simferopol. Tickets for the flights to Simferopol are available for sale on Aeroflot website, Aeroflot ticket offices, as well as travel agencies.

Train to Simferopol and Sevastopol

Train routes out of the peninsula are operating. Train timetables and ticket reservation Kiev Simferopol, Kiev SevastopolOdessa Simferopol are available online on kazantipvoyage.com

Bus to Simferopol

Bus routes out of the peninsula are still operating, though subject to unscheduled disruptions.

Crimea Time zone - Moscow standard time

Eastern European Time, observed by countries including Ukraine observes daylight savings time. Moscow Standard Time is the same throughout the year.

Crimea is now on Moscow time.

Crimea's official currency

Ukraine's unit of currency is the Hryvnia (UAH).
Crimea's unit of currency is the Russian Ruble (RUB).

US dollars and Euros can be exchanged easily in Crimea, and it is important to keep some local currency handy at all times. Major credit cards will not be accepted everywher, and it is best not to count on using them.

For the latest information, you should regularly monitor kazantipvoyage.com/travel-crimea-russia.htm