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Russian Federation motorhome country guide
A visa is required before entering the Russian Federation. If your passport has less than six months to run, you may be refused entry to Russia. All foreign nationals entering Russia must fill in a migration card. The card is in two identical parts. One part will be retained by the Immigration Officer on arrival. You should keep the other part with your passport; you will need it when you depart Russia and if you are stopped by the police for an ID check during your stay. You must register your stay within three working days of arrival in Russia with the local branch of the Federal Migration Service. You need not register a visa if your visit is for less than three days.
Campsites, Motorhome Stopovers and Offsite-Parking in the Russian Federation (free wild camping)
There are 22 campsites in Russia listed on http://en.camping.info/russia which should provide somewhere to aim. Campsites may be attached to hotels, or may simply be parking in the hotel car park. Hotel Camping Olgino, www.hotel-olgino.ru/hotel-olgino.nsf/en/camping is located near St Petersburg. Overnight stays may be confined to Truck Stops on main routes, which are far from glamorous but adequate. Park in a guarded car park when you leave your motorhome unattended.
Driving your motorhome or campervan in Russian Federation
Motorists should avoid driving at night if possible. An International Driving Permit (IDP) is compulsory for the holder of any type of UK driving licence. At the border you will need to get a temporary permit for your motorhome, and any other vehicle, which makes your transport legal in Russia for 10 days. It will need to be extended if you intend to stay longer. Third party insurance is mandatory and can be purchased at the border. State Traffic Inspectorate officials will stop vehicles to check documents, especially if they are displaying foreign plates. A road tax is payable at the border. LPG may be available occasionally at fuel stations.