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International Adoption Travel
Cinderella Travel is not just a travel agency , our knowledge and expertise in the region will provide practical and up-to-date travel information you need to know while in the process of adopting a child from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Moldova and other CIS countries.
You should start preparing your Adoption Trip by getting visa.
We provide essential information to potential adopting parents with useful facts they need to know when traveling to a foreign country and provide the following services:
We will be happy to make your acquaintance with the cities of your destination and give a brief history and culture of the region . Increasing numbers of American citizens are seeking to adopt children in Russia more than ever and contact our agency for their travel needs and advice on what they need to know about travel to and within Russia.
More and more U.S. citizens have adopted children from other countries, the countries of former Soviet Union have become increasingly popular. This year, thousands of children came to the United States from Russia , Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries and it is very rewarding to know that we were able to assist many of those happy families!
Some essential information you need to know when traveling to Russia:
Most foreign travelers arrive in Moscow at Sheremetyevo 2Airport. The airport was built for the 1980 Olympics, and for a city of 8 million-plus, it's relatively small . The airport does not have the best reputation, prowled by cigarette smoke, aggressive taxi drivers and long lines at the customs. On and all, once you are at the airport you will definitely know you have arrived in Russia, and there is something of a charm to that.
Once you got your stamp in the passport and clutched you bags, you will emerge in a horde of taxi drivers tripping over themselves trying to offer you a ride into the city. Bargaining skills come in handy when it comes to Taxi drivers. If you don't speak the language and don't bargain, be prepared to pay $40 minimum. An alternative to being whisked away by strong Russian taxi men , there is a taxi desk in the center of the arrivals hall , for a higher price, of course. Another convenient option for many travlers is arranging a transfer through a Travel Agency/ With prices compatible to Taxi Fare, you will be met at the airport with a welcome board and transported to your exact address. The taxi ride to or from the city center should run about a half an hour to 45 minutes, depending on traffic.
The majority of travelers stay at the hotels during their stay in Russia. Moscow and St. Petersburg has become favorite tourist destination in the past couple of years and with this tourist boom the prices for hotel accommodations have gone up drastically. Finding a decent hotel below $100 has become almost impossible. Your best bet is booking hotel through a travel agency that specializes in Russian destination and have contracts with the hotels in Russia. You will find that their prices are very compatible and in most cases much cheaper than booking through a hotel directly and you need not bother with the hassle of booking the hotel yourself.
Traveling to a country without the knowledge of the language could be a scary thought. Take a deep breath. Even with the vocabulary of Da and Net, you should be able to get around town without any difficulties. Hotels, tourist agencies, museums and most of the younger Russian population speak English and most of the time will gladly assist you. In smaller, more isolated cities English speakers are much harder to find so learning a couple of Cyrillic words is a good idea. It's worth taking some time to familiarize yourself with the Cyrillic alphabet , regardless. Being able to read signs on the street and in the metro will make your trip much more enjoyable.
Carrying a lot of cash at all times is never a good idea, especially if you're a tourist. Always be aware of the pick pocketers and carry your wallets and purses close to you. Russian prices are considerably lower than those in more developed countries, but if you don't speak Russian and want to live as a Westerner, Moscow can be a very expensive city.
The easiest way to get rubles is to change U.S. dollars is using your ATM cards. ATMs are widely available in Moscow and St. Petersburg and to a lesser extent in other big cities. You can also exchange the currency at exchange booths that are also available on every other corner.
Prices at restaurants and shops are often listed in U.S. dollars but in most places payment is acceptable in Russian rubles. Credit cards are not as commonly used and are mostly acceptable at Western hotels, high-end restaurants and some shops .Sample of Average Moscow Prices
|One trip on the Metro:||15 cents|
|Compact disc (Non-pirated):||$4|
|Cab ride (10-minute) :||$2-$3|
|Russian beer (500ml):||60 cents|
|Lunch at a Western-style pizza chain:||$7|
|Big Mac Value Meal at McDonald's:||$3|
|Issue of The Economist:||$2.50|
|Average cost of parterre seats at the Bolshoi:|
|(purchased through a scalper):||$15|
|(purchased through the Metropol Hotel):||$55-$100|
Serious crime against foreigners is rare, however, petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and purse snatching occur somewhat frequently like in most large metropolitan areas. Pickpockets are mostly active in crowded areas such as train stations, markets, shopping areas, sightseeing destinations, etc. Be wise and cautious with your personal belongings in public places.
Some of the precautions to avoid potential problems:
Tap water is not recommended for drinking. Bottled water is offered at most hotels or can be purchased in stores, Avoid buying bottled water at the street vendors.
Today, attitudes towards tipping are changing. Tips are now frequently accepted by travel guides, tour bus drivers, porters and waiters in top-class hotels and restaurants. Tipping may not be as generous as it is here in U.S. but is still very welcome and acceptable.
Consumer taxes are included in price tags on goods but big hotels and fine restaurants may include a service charge of 10% or more.
Traveling in Russia, following numbers are very useful to have:
Phone Number Service
U.S. embassy in Moscow Tel
Tel: (095) 728 50 00
Address: Novinsky Boulevard 19/23
To make your travel with children safe and comfortable during , here are some tips to consider:
If you travel with a infant to any city other than Moscow or Saint Petersburg, the following items should be include in your luggage:
Check Accessible Facilities for the Disabled
Airlines and airports in Russia have made efforts to improve their facilities. The airport is equipped with lifts and ramps to provide easy access for disabled travelers. Wheelchairs and assistance can be arranged for passengers on the aircraft.
Most top-class hotels have special access facilities. You should contact the hotel in order to reserve any special accommodations if required.
There are Post Offices in all cities and towns throughout the country. Domestic mail is fast and the cost is low. The international postal service is also efficient. Under normal circumstances it usually takes 5-10 days for airmail letters or postcards to reach their destinations.Points for special attention:
Envelope sizes are standardized in Russia, so always buy them from post offices, hotels and appointed agencies.
A postal code is required when mailing letter.
Russia's phone system is efficient. Direct long-distance dials and International calls all can be made from hotel rooms or roadside telephone kiosks.
In hotels, local calls are generally free or only charged a nominal fee while domestic long-distance and international calls will be charged a variable service fee. Phone cards are more economical and can be purchased in most large cities.
Internet services are now widely available in Russia, especially in the major cities. Internet Cafes are widely available throughout the central locations B 4 and 5 star hotels provide a High Speed Internet connection , for an extra fee, of course.
Standards of both medical care and the availability of medicines can vary a great deal between one region and another.
In major cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg medical facilities are good. Some hospitals have special sections set aside for foreigners. There will be doctors and nurses who speak English. They are well qualified and competent so you will receive good medical care. Medical fees are reasonable and immediate payment is required.
Often, only primary health care is available in rural and remote areas. This is why you must be assured that you are in good health before you travel. It is essential that you take all recommended precautions so as to avoid accidents or illnesses.
Most hotels will have access to a doctor. Should you require treatment, contact your hotel desk clerk, who will arrange for you to either see a doctor or be taken to a hospital.
The electrical current on European Continent is 220 volts. If you plan to bring any electrical appliances , you should purchase an adaptor that switches from 110 to 220 volts.
If you've lost something, notify the hotel, tour group leader, transportation authorities or the police. If credit cards or traveler's checks have been stolen, inform the issuer as soon as possible.
If you lose your passport, you should report the matter as soon as possible to your embassy or consulate in Russia.
Bring more films than you think you'll need, as you'll find there's a lot to photograph. All security X-ray machines in Russia are film-safe. Cameras and video cameras should be declared upon entry to Russia.
Most major brands of color print film are available in Russia . In the large cities film could be processed in one hour and the quality is acceptable.Points for Attention:
Taking pictures is forbidden in most museums and palaces.