USEFUL INFORMATION

Passports & Visas

Every person entering Russia should be in possession of a passport with least six months validity plus two blank passport pages for the official visa. According to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, citizens of 27 states that hold all types of passports are eligible for visa-free entrance to Russia for a period of 30 to 90 days. A foreign national or stateless person needs a visa to enter the Russian Federation, except for citizens of the states with which the Russian Federation concluded an agreement on visa-free travel. More about visa

Please contact the nearest Russian Embassy or Consulate to your home for further information.

Climate and Attire

The weather in Tomsk City, Russia at the time of the Conference should be sunny, warm and humid in the daily temperature range of 20-38oC. Light clothing will be necessary for outdoors but it is worth noting that the Conference’s venue are fully air-conditioned, therefore it is advisable that you pack appropriate clothing for your attendance. All participants, speakers and guests are requested to dress up formally for the event. Please also note that rain is expected at this time in Russia and an umbrella will be useful. More about the weather.

Time zone

There are eleven time zones in Russia, which currently observe times ranging from UTC+02:00 to UTC+12:00. Krasnoyarsk Time (KRAT) is the time zone seven hours ahead of UTC (UTC+7) and 4 hours ahead of Moscow Time (MSK+4). KRAT is the official time zone for Tomsk region.

Health

For the legal stay in Russia, all foreign nationals are required to obtain a voluntary health insurance policy on the day of arrival for the entire period of stay in Russia, regardless of the purpose of the visit. The minimum amount of insurance for foreign nationals is RUB 100,000. The voluntarily medical insurance policy for foreign nationals provides an opportunity to visit a healthcare institution in Russia and receive free medical attention based on the amount of insurance. A voluntary medical insurance policy can be purchased by the employer or a foreign national themselves upon the arrival to Russia from one of the insurance companies providing this type of services. The contact information of the institutions providing medical attention based on insurance policies is available on the websites of Territorial compulsory medical insurance funds.

No vaccinations are required to enter Russia.

Emergencies

24-hour monitoring of emergencies in Russia is performed by the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM of Russia). The EMERCOM website shows an interactive map with information on accidents, fires, traffic incidents, floods, inclement weather conditions, earthquakes, and other emergencies in the regions of Russia. The English language version of the website provides daily reports and emergency forecasts.

Please call +7 (499) 216-99-99, a hotline of the EMERCOM of Russia, for queries on the safety of staying in the regions of Russia

Electricity

The electric current used in Russia provides 220 Volts; its frequency is 50 Hz and the plugs have two male contact points (as pictures). Plan to bring a transformer for your electrical or electronic equipment if it uses a different voltage and, if necessary, also bring a plug adapter.

Public transport in Tomsk

From the airport: There is a variety of private taxi services available outside the arrival terminal at Bogashovo Airport. The trip costs around US$ 7-10. It takes up to 30 minutes to the City Center.

As well as the public city bus no. 119 between bus station on Sq. Lenina and Bogashovo airport.

For personal trips, please refer to the following options of transportation:

Taxi: (Strongly recommended) There is a variety of taxi companies operating in Tomsk City. Taxi Maksim can be contacted at 900000, Yandex Taxi (app), Uber.

Currency

Foreign currencies are not accepted in shops, so it is best for you to change your foreign currency to the local currency. The Ruble (RUB) is the official currency of Russia. The current foreign exchange rate is approximately 1 USD = RUB 56.8, 1 EUR = 70.1. These rates are subject to market fluctuations so please check them again prior to your departure date. If you come to Russia with some foreign cash, you can exchange it for RUB upon arrival at the international airport, banks (opens Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 20:00) or currency exchange establishments. The disadvantage of going to a bank to exchange money is that you need to show a passport for identification and you need to fill out a form first. Most ATMs accept most international debit cards, and this is the best way to get cash in Russia. Credit cards (Visa) are accepted by hotels and some shops, however, cash is also necessary. Many ATMs add on a fee if it isn't your bank, and some Russian banks add a second small fee. Banknotes come in denominations of 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 Rubles. Coins are denominated in 1, 2, 5, 10 Rubles, than 50, 10, 5 kopek.

Liability

The Organizing Committee and representatives of the conference will not be liable for personal accidents or loss/damage of the private property of attendees during the symposium. It is therefore recommended that participants arrange their own personal health, accident and travel insurance.

Useful websites

Official Website of Tomsk Region Administration

Official Website Russia tourism