One of the most important things when going abroad is to make sure that you are covered in case of accidents or illness. Our health guide provides information on health insurance, hospitals, doctors and pharmacies.
Healthcare in Russia has a bad reputation, especially if comparing with the West. Although there is free healthcare available, citizens will often experience poor treatment. As a result, it is advisable for expats to make sure they have private medical insurance during their stay in Russia.
General recommendations and tips
Russia shares the health risks of any European country a.k.a. no preventative measures are necessary. No vaccinations are required but some are recommended if you’re travelling to certain regions such as the Taiga Forests or Karelia.
How to get medication in Russia
There are pharmacies at every corner in Russia. Just look for the large green crosses and the word аптека. If you’re planning a visit to Russia while you’re taking any medication, it might be easier to bring enough quantities with you.
Where to go if you fall ill in Russia
The 2 major types of health institutions in Russia are policlinics and hospitals. Local doctors offer good quality but often out of poor facilities. There are also several Western-run medical centers whose services are expensive. Make an appointment before seeing a doctor.
Health and travel insurance in Russia
Most people need health insurance to be treated at a Russian hospital. However, countries such as Britain have reciprocal health care agreements with Russia.