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Moving To Russia From The UK

Moving to Russia

Whether you are moving to Moscow, Saint Petersburg, or to Novosibirsk, Britannia Movers International has the international resources and the expertise to tailor the move to your individual needs.


Importing Personal Effects to Russia

All shipments of personal effects will be subject to inspection, and you should be present at the destination during customs clearance. Part of your shipment may also be dutiable. Required documents include a passport, visa and work permit, a comprehensive inventory and a customs declaration form. Customs regulations change frequently in Russia, so it is recommended that you contact your Destination Agent for the most current information.


Prohibitions and Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

  • Firearms & ammunition
  • Inflammable goods & substances
  • Plants & plant material
  • Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
  • Narcotics and dangerous goods
  • Offensive materials
  • Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit Times

Transit times can vary subject to the method of transport chosen, size of your consignment and the final destination. Britannia will advise you once this information is established.

Bar Coding

Bar Coding

All shared load consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the vehicle. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.


Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.

Find out more about pet transport.


Moving Motor Vehicles to Russia

Importation of motor vehicles to Russia will be subject to compliance, it is probable that duty and tax will apply.

Currencies Direct

International FX

When you are making international payments for individuals you can benefit from IFX expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency.

IFX can help to protect you from exchange rate fluctuations and save you time and money on international payments.

IFX offers :

  • International payments
  • Regular Overseas Transfers
  • Prepaid Currency Card
  • Forward Contracts

More info on the IFX website.

Your Move to Russia With Britannia

Britannia can provide an excellent removal and shipping service to Russia, and household and personal effects can be transported by road van, sea containers, or by air. Britannia has established a long standing and successful relationship with a network of dedicated removers in Russia, who will be able to assist you with your destination services.

Additional Removal services – Britannia can also provide a variety of additional removal services when moving to Russia. We can arrange international insurance, storage, and can also take care of your pet transport.

If you are interested in our removal services to Russia, find out more about your removal costs, and read about our international removals, and additional moving services, such as money transfer.

Living in Russia

Russia is fast developing into an up and coming destination for many migrants, and its buoyant economy, and beautiful cities are attracting businessmen and tourists alike. Russia’s unique and at times mysterious culture, beautiful architecture and the growing business opportunities, especially since the fall of communism in the early 90s, will appeal to many foreigners. The main commercial, and economic centre is the capital, Moscow, which is one of the most populous cities in Europe, and offers a rich culture, and world-renowned architecture, such as Saint Basil’s Cathedral with its onion domes. Saint Petersburg is the cultural centre of Russia, and is home to the largest art museum in the world, The Hermitage and a historic centre which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Russia is located on both the European and Asian continents, the two parts divided by the Ural Mountains and the Ural River, and is the largest country in the world and the ninth most populous nation, with over 140 million people. Russia stretches over 9 time zones and most of the Russian landscape consists of vast plains except for the Urals and some mountain ranges in the south and east. The Russian Federation was founded in 1991, after the collapse of communism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It is one of the world’s largest economies nowadays, a major political and economic force, and is a member of the G8, G20 and the Council of Europe for example.

Although there are some significant inequalities across the vast Russian territory, it has emerged as a modern and culturally diverse country since the fall of communism. Expats moving to Russia tend to move to one of the bigger cities on the European continent, such as Saint Petersburg, or Moscow. While some might complain about the slightly harsher climate, inefficient bureaucracy or the higher levels of crime, if you choose your final destination and neighbourhood wisely, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a rich and unique culture and an interesting lifestyle.

Interesting Facts About Russia

  • Russian, the official language of Russia is the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages and the largest native language in Europe. It is also spoken in Ukraine, Estonia, Moldova and Latvia.
  • Russia covers one seventh of the land area of our planet and borders more countries than any other country on earth.
  • Russia has an extremely rich cultural life and St Peterburg alone has for example 221 museums, 2000 libraries, over 200 theatres, 45 art galleries and more than 60 cinemas.
  • Russia is home to more than 100 different ethnic groups, including the Indo-European, Slavic and Finno-Ugric for example.
  • Russia is rich in natural resources, such as oil, natural gas or timber.

Moving to and Living in Russia

  • To live and work in Russia, you’ll need a visa and a work permit. Requirements are more stringent than in most other European countries, so it is recommended that you apply for a visa as soon as possible.
  • Russia has a good quality health care system, with a large number of doctors and hospitals, so if you are moving to Russia, especially to a larger city, you can expect good quality service. Life expectancy in Russia, however is still rather low compared to many European countries, mainly due to social and and economic circumstances.
  • The cost of living in Russia can be substantially lower than in Western Europe, even in bigger cities, and everyday living costs remain relatively low.

Moving to Russia brochure

Key Information

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Time Zone:

(UTC+2 to +11 (exc. +4)) - Summer (DST) (UTC+3 to +12 (exc. +5))

Currency: Ruble (RUB)
Calling Code: +7
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