Country: The Russian Federation, also known as Russia, is situated in northern Eurasia. It is the largest country in the world and the ninth most populated with approximately 143 million people.
Its capital is Moscow and the official language is Russian.
To access emergency services: Dial 112
Currency: Russian ruble (RUB)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Russia, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Russian hospital: Medical treatment in Russia is quite expensive, difficult to obtain, and not comprehensive. Some hospitals offer quality services, but the non-state hospitals restrict services to business hours for people who wish to pay in advance. There are several hospitals located in the major cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg with English-speaking staff and high-quality services, but care is not free.
Most patients from abroad pay in cash and receive reimbursement from their insurance companies upon their return to their home countries. Travelers should check with their insurance carrier to see if medical care and/or evacuation back to their home country are covered.
Russian nationalized medical care is financed by the government, but the quality of service varies. Even in state hospitals, Russian doctors often demand payment for disposable needles, medications, and some extra services.
The chances of getting qualified treatment may vary depending on the patient's wealth. The quality of care is extremely low compared with Western standards. Many hospitals are understaffed and poorly equipped.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in the Russian Federation: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Russian Federation-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.