Read your report with great interest, BUT...i would strongly urge folks not to blindly follow your advice to make sure you carry your actual passport with you. This topic has been hashed thru here many, many times, and the conclusion most have come to is better to make a copy of your passport and visa page and have it on you. The reason for this for someone actually STAYING in Moscow is that there is likely a higher chance of having your passport stolen than getting stopped by REAL police, and IF the former happens, you can kiss goodbye maybe a full day as you run around to embassy and then Russian offices to get a replacement, visa, migration card, etc. We can debate this, but I only suggest one study this issue more thoroughly before making a decision.
@Ebertsj Firstly, I am not advising anyone through my post. I am sharing my experiences. I have not mentioned anywhere "Follow My Itinerary Or Do What I Do".
Secondly, I am agree with you on keeping xerox copies of passport and visa copy instead of carry the original passport everywhere.
Well, with just 23 hours on your hands that's quite a lot to achieve
After certain corrections a very sensible report.
Good for you!
Did not mean to be so “mean”...it is just that a fair number of folks visiting us here would in fact take this as advice. But, agree you indeed set a record for things seen and done...I am a wee bit older and would take my literally days to do this!
As for the post of someone saying they always carry it, I THINK you are from Russia, and as such, while maybe indeed you have not had any issues with theft, the consequences for a TOURIST having to deal with this when they have limited time and ZERO knowledge of what to do if this happens, and flights to make back home, etc. are disastrous.
Ebertsj, yes that is very good advice!
The consequences of losing your passport in Moscow as a tourist would be very serious, as you would also lose your visa!
I would imagine lots of stress, lost flights, frantic calls to your workplace and a few tears would be involved. I wouldn't wish it on anyone!
We took pictures of our visa, migration card and passports on our Smartphones and carried that around, as well as photocopies of the passport/visa.
Our passports were safely stashed in the luggage in our hotel room.
In reality the police/security forces totally ignored us and we were never asked once to show ID. We did notice police stopping migrant workers in Red Square, but the chance of a tourist being mistaken for someone from Tajikistan I would imagine is zero. There were lots of Chinese tourists for instance and we never saw them questioned by police either.
I was a little bit severe...my only excuse was I had also read an otherwise very nice article on "21 Things to Know About Russia"...which specifically said "make sure you always have your passport with you". While the rest of the "advice" there as pretty sound, and fairly up to date, this one was not good...yet, again, a lot of folks would read these "tips" and follow them.
But, again, my apologies to our wonderful, energetic Indian traveler!
If you dont have passport - dont ask police for directions.
in fact, Russians didn't like the police, and try to avoid them.Edited: 5:32 pm, June 08, 2018
I don’t carry a passport, and frequently ask police for help...never had a problem...always got a nice, smiling response. Maybe they are kinder to old, pudgy tourists like me?
@ebertsj I was not being mean, Just putting across my point of view. Anyways, thanks for the appreciation. Happy and safe travels. cheers!