Planning a trip to Russia can be very confusing these days. Following the 2022 sanctions, many well known booking platforms became totally useless.
I have travelled multiple times to Russia, in 2022 included and I share here a bunch of travel resources you might need to plan your next trip.
Bellow is a list of websites, compagnies and booking platforms I personally use in my travels and recommend (in no particular order).
Everything mentionned here is up-to-date and relevant to travel in Russia in 2023.
Booking flights without a russian bank card
Booking flights with a russian bank card
Note : Popular booking platforms such as Skyscanner, Momondo or Google flights do not offer/show flights to and from Russia anymore.
Note : Booking.com, Airbnb or hostelworld for example do not show accomodation in Russia anymore.
Note : Roskomnadzor, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media in Russia has banned plenty of popular VPN providers (they didn’t block them entirely but I’m no expert) including NordVPN, StrongVPN, ExpressVPN, Surfshark …
Tour companies + Insurance
As I’ve never done any organised tour in Russia, I can’t recommend you any.
About the travel insurance, many well known ones such as Chapka, World Nomads and True Traveller do not cover for Russia anymore. To apply for my 3 months visa in 2022 I used the insurance of my Visa card (yes my french bank card), and it worked..
However, if you have a company, a guide or a travel insurance (that covers for Russia at the moment) to recommend, please feel free to email me and I can add it here to help other people in their research.