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There are many tourists traveling by car from the Baltic countries, Finland, Sweden and some European countries. Russian customs regulations are quite straightforward and the infrastructure on the road is good. If visitors are going to drive in Russia, for their own safety, they should familiarize with Russian road conditions and driving regulations. In Russia, foreign drivers can use their National driving permits as long as they have International translation of their driving permits, but not longer than six months. If visitor is in Russia over six month, he needs to obtain a Russian driver license.
According to the Russian authorities, to drive in Russia you need:
A Russian citizen with a foreign driving license has to obtain a temporary driving permit for driving in Russia.
If you drive into Russia with your own car, you will get a temporary permit which gives you right to your vehicle legally. Usually, the temporary permit is valid for 3-6 months; it can’t be extended longer than visitor’s visa registration is valid. If a vehicle is in Russia more than six months, it must be registered at the local customs office and State Inspection of Road Safety office in the region where the vehicle will be used.
If you are going to travel to Russia with a motor home, you should know that along the way there are no special facilities for those tourists.
If you are driving In Russia, you must have in your car:
According to Russian law, traffic police may stop vehicles for any reason. If police officer stops any driver, officer will introduce himself by name and office. He may demand the National and International driver licenses and car’s registration document. Driver must give all these documents; he may remain in his car.
In addition, each foreign driver should know that in Russia:
If you will travel to Russia in the winter, make sure your car will be able to ride in the snow because the weather could be quite harsh.
If you are going to rent a car in Russia, find a rental car agency that has offices in both cities where you are and where you will go.