The word combination "Russian mafia" became obsolete a long time ago. Now Russia is ruled by oligarchs, those who once managed to buy oil, gas, etc. at a cheap price. As you can see, it presents no danger to ordinary tourists, it is a matter of policy. And, in general, being in Russia now is neither less nor more dangerous than in any European city.
But as everywhere, tourists should know some security measures, since, as a rule, they have large sums of money with them.
You must have enough cash to pay for the taxi, dinner and one night at a hotel. Even if you must
You will be received and taken to the hotel where you have already booked a room! Because you can face different circumstances and you must be prepared for this.
Attention! The newer your notes, the better! So select them carefully before the trip. There should be no ink or grease stains and small holes in them. They should not be used or torn slightly. These tickets can only be exchanged at the state bank at a lower rate.
Currency exchanges are large in number and everywhere. In train stations, airports and hotels, the exchange rate is always less profitable. If you can pay the driver with money, do it and exchange other money in the city.
2. Credit cards.
It is very convenient to save money on a plastic card. In this case, avoid the problem of pickpockets. However, you face the problem of providing money security in your account: the danger increases if you check your account online, or use ATMs and enter your key code. What should you do to save your money?
– Before departure, open a special travel card. Put there the necessary amount for the trip. In this way, not only will you save your basic money, but it will not exceed the limits of the planned budget. :))
– It is better to open a credit card, not debit. In the event that any payment is made from your card without your knowledge, you can return money only from your credit card.
– Keep basic amounts of money in the account, which has nothing to do with the Internet. Check it only after returning to your country.
– Always have bank contacts with you. Write them somewhere, do not trust the information written on your plastic card. If you lose the plastic card, you will lose all bank phone numbers.
By following these simple rules, you can protect yourself from computer thieves.
3. Sending money.
However, there is one more original way that allows you to avoid cash dispensers, customs and pickpockets at railway stations. Simply send money to yourself through some money transfer system like Western Union. To do this, transfer money in your name to the city where you are planning the trip. You can make some transfers, so as not to carry a large sum of money with you, but to obtain it when necessary. If you are planning the trip to several cities, you can make transfers on your behalf to each city. If part of the money transferred is not used, you can return it after returning to your country.
4. Travel checks.
In this way it is popular in the world, but in Russia few banks have this service. Let's say that in Kazan there is only one bank (Ak Bars) that accepts travelers checks. Therefore, to carry money in travel checks, do not count on them completely, it is better to combine different forms.
Remember that in Russia you CANNOT pay with checks or in any other way, except rubles and plastic cards. You can pay dollars or euros to private persons (for example, taxi driver) if they agree, but in all official places it is prohibited.
Follow these simple rules preparing for your trip and enjoy your time in Russia!