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Generally, Russia is the same as any European country in terms of health risks and you don't need to take any special preventive measures before coming to Russia or obtain any particular vaccinations. If you are applying for a multi-entry visa, though, your Russian Consulate may require you to take an HIV test before issuing your visa.

There are a number of Western style clinics and hospitals in Moscow, some of which are listed below.

European Medical Center

Spiridonievsky per. 5 (Medical)
Building 1
+7 095 933-6655

34 Konushkovskaya Ul.(Dentistry)
+7 095 933-0002 (Emergency +7 095 933-6655)

International SOS Clinic

10th Floor, Polyclinic No. 1
31 Grokholsky Pereulok,
+7-095 937-5760 (Emergency +7-095 937-6477)

Russian-American Family Medicine Center

10 2nd Tverskoi-Yamskoi Pereulok
+7 095 250-0646 or 250-9373 or 250- 8318


The Russian word for Pharmacy is aptyeka and these are easily recognized by the illuminated green cross above the entrance. A red cross indicates that the pharmacy is open 24 hrs. In addition to the hundreds of independent pharmacies across the city, there is a popular chain called 36,6 with branches city-wide.

All the usual products you would expect are widely available here, but if you are taking any medication, it's worth checking the brand name in Russian so you can ask for it here. Alternative medicine and homeopathy is not very popular in Russia yet, so if you're using anything unusual it's better to bring it with you.