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Health Russia

Anyone who has a good standard of hygiene should not encounter any health problems whilst on holiday. We include a few points to pay attention to.

Drinking water: The quality of tap water varies between cities in Russia. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, the water is not fit for drinking. Mineral water is widely available.

First aid kit: The hotels in the cities usually have a first aid kit behind the counter. Outside the hotels you must search much harder to find one. Although there are plenty of chemists in Moscow and St. Petersburg, we advise that you bring a small first aid kit which includes plasters, a thermometer, iodine, pain killers, sun cream, tweezers, and insect repellent such as DEET, an itch relieving cream and medicines to combat fever, diarrhoea and constipation. If you must take regular prescription medicine, bring an exact description of the medicine in English (not the brand name, the dosage and ingredients are needed). Bring double what you need for the trip and store the two supplies separately so you have a backup supply.

Miscellaneous: In summer, people with contact lenses can suffer irritation of the eyes through dust. This is common in both the city and the countryside. Bring glasses as a backup. Sanitary towels are available everywhere in Russia.

Vaccinations: Information about vaccinations is subject to change. Furthermore, your requirements are influenced by previous vaccinations, possible reactions to certain medicines, pregnancy, age etc. For advice, always contact your doctor before travelling.

Further advice
Give your body time to adjust to the new surroundings. Avoid stress and do not meticulously plan everything. Take it easy on the first day, and once properly rested you will be in the best state to take in the new experiences and you will have plenty of energy.

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