FAQ

How much does the Hermitage ticket cost?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

600 RUB – entry ticket to the Main Museum Complex and the branches (the Main Museum Complex, the General Staff Building, Winter Palace of Peter the Great, Menshikov Palace, the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory)

400 RUB - entry ticket to the Main Museum Complex and the branches (the Main Museum Complex, the General Staff Building, Winter Palace of Peter the Great)for Russian and Belarusian citizens

300 RUB - entry ticket to one of the Hermitage branches (Winter Palace of Peter the Great, Menshikov Palace, the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre).

The first Thursday of each month is a day of free entrance to the museum for all individual visitors (with free tickets).

Also you can order tickets on their official web site: Ticket Purchase Online

How to get a russian VISA?

A visa to the Russian Federation is a document, permitting stay in Russia for a specific period of time. Visa lists entry/exit dates, your name, passport details, and a purpose of travel. A tourist visa is the easiest and cheapest type of Russian visa to get. It is a single entry/exit visa valid for the specified duration of your stay in Russia, up to 30 days.  If you decided to go to Russia you have to apply required documents to the nearest Russian consular department or visa center which will accept your visa application. If you are unsure where that is, check the Russian Consular Locator. 

Also you can apply for russian visa online: VFC

If you are traveling to St. Petersburg for up to 72 hours on a cruise ship (on the condition that you are sleeping on the ship and are accompanied by an authorized tour guide) or on ferries from Helsinki and Tallinn with St. Peter Line, you do not need a visa. There has been talk of extending this privilege to passengers on the Allegro train from Helsinki, but to date train passengers still need to get a visa. To find out more about visa-free travel for up to 72 hours, see information here
 

What I have to know about customs service in Russia?

You do not have to fill in the declaration and may go through the green channel in the following cases:

While entering the Russian Federation

- Goods imported in accompanied luggage are exempt from customs duties:

goods for personal use (except for ethanol and indivisible goods), customs value of which does not exceed an amount equivalent to €1,500 (€10,000 for aviatravelers only) and the total weight is not more than 50 kilograms;
alcoholic beferages and beer in amount of not more than 3 liters, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars (cigarillos) or 250 grams of tobacco or specified products in assortment, the total weight of which does not exceed 250 grams per one individual over the age of 18;
used goods for personal use in accordance with Annex 4 to the Agreement on movement of goods for personal use by individuals across the customs border of the Customs Union and customs operations related to clearance of the goods regardless of their customs value and weight.

- Goods indicated in Paragraph 1 and imported in accompanied luggage are not prohibited and are not restricted for import.
Imported Russian rubles, foreign currency, travelers cheques are not subject to customs declaring, and can be moved through the “Green” Channel (Green Corridor) if their total amount does not exceed the equivalent of U.S. $10,000.
You have no unaccompanied luggage (including the luggage that has not arrived).

When departing from the Russian Federation

- Exported goods are exempt from customs duties.
- Exported goods are not prohibited and are not restricted for export.
- Exported Russian rubles, foreign currency, travelers cheques are not subject to customs declaring, and can be moved through the “Green” Channel (“Green” Corridor) if their total amount does not exceed the equivalent of U.S. $ 10,000.

Warning! Moving goods through the “Green” Channel (“Green” Corridor) being subject to customs declaring constitutes a customs offensefor which administrative and in some cases criminal liability is provided.

If you are not sure which corridor to choose, you should go through the Red Channel.

Fill in the declaration and choose the red channel (red corridor) if

While entering the Russian Federation

You import dutiable goods, including:

- goods which value exceeds €1,500 (€10,000 for aviatravelers only) in equivalent and weight is over 50kg;
over 3 liters of alcoholic beverages and beer per one individual over the age of 18;
indivisible goods;
ethanol.

You bring in goods is prohibited or restricted to import.
You import Russian rubles, foreign currencies, travelers’ cheques in equivalent exceeding U.S. $10,000 and (or) securities.

THE ENTIRE AMOUNT IS SUBJECT TO DECLARING

You carry unaccompanied luggage (even if the luggage or some part of it has not arrived) or goods have arrived via freight delivery or express delivery.
You want to declare imported goods.
You import products, which can be exempted from customs duties only upon presentation of relevant documents (for example, resettlement to permanent residence, inheritance of the goods, re-import of the goods previously exported from the territory of the Russian Federation, etc.)
You import transport vehicles.

While departing from the Russian Federation

You export the goods prohibited or restricted for export.
You export Russian rubles, foreign currencies, traveler’s cheques in the amount exceeding U.S. $10,000 in equivalent and (or) securities.

THE ENTIRE AMOUNT IS SUBJECT TO DECLARING

You want to declare exported goods.
You export transport vehicles.