Make sure you leave Russia before your visa expires.Some visas, including tourist visas, can't be extended.

With the exception of some commercial cruise ship passengers (see below), Australian citizens must obtain a visa before entering Russia. If you arrive in Russia without a valid visa, you will be detained and deported at your own expense, following the payment of a fine.

You risk extended detention and prosecution by Russian authorities and you could be barred from re-entering Russian territory.

Visa-free entry permissions allow you to disembark for short periods as part of an officially recognised tour organised by a cruise company or registered tour operator.

Discuss your travel plans with your cruise operator well in advance of travel and check whether you need to obtain a Russian visa.

Approval can be obtained from the Federal Service for the Supervision of Communications.

Russian border officials can demand to inspect any electronic device (including installed software) on departure.For information on Belarusian visas, contact the Embassy of Belarus in Canberra.As visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice, contact the Embassy or Consulate of Russia for up-to-date information.If you overstay your visa, you won't be allowed to leave Russia until the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs determines your legal status or an order is issued to deport you.You can be detained until the authorities process your case.When you receive your Russian visa, check your passport details are correct, including passport number, date of birth, visa type, intention of stay and validity dates.