Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
Required vaccinations differ depending on your country of origin, but it is widely advised that you receive a hepatitis A vaccine before coming to St. Petersburg. It is also a good idea to check with your local doctor or hospital.
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
You have to arrange for health insurance in your home country, or ask your company to arrange it for you. Make sure it’s valid for Russia as this is not covered in many policies. Health centers for expats are generally expensive. You will not be refused treatment without insurance, but you will be asked to pay on the spot.
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
Vratch or doctor
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
Check expat guides, websites or hotels.
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
For minor procedures and routine treatments, people tend go to European or American medical centers. For major treatment (surgeries, etc.) and giving birth, they tend to go elsewhere, either home or to a neighboring country.
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
All international clinics have 24-hour help lines available. You can also call emergency services by dialing 03.
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
Pharmacies are called Apteka and are signified by the green cross hanging outside.
Is the water safe to drink?
NO. It is highly advised that you drink bottled water.
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