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Sochi at a Glance

Sochi is a Black Sea resort town whose beaches draw thousands each year.

Sochi's streets are filled with new European chain stores, so now might be a good time for some shopping. Beaches are rocky and you can hear the clink of rocks hitting together as you stick your toes in the warm Black Sea for the first time.

When not luxuriating on the beach, taste Georgian and Russian cuisine at local restaurants. Visitors can also entertain themselves at big name pop concerts performed in an open-air arena. Alternatively, Sochi hosts world-class theater and dance productions frequently in the summer when crowds fill the theater. If you need a breath of fresh air, the Sochi Arboretum is a place to escape the crowds, meditate and enjoy native plants and animals.

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      • Major Airport Sochi International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Tourists to Russia must have a visa and visa requirements vary depending on your country of origin. American travelers need to prove they have hotel reservations, home stay accommodations, or a through-destination if they pass through Russia during transit. Upon arrival in Russia, you must register your visa. Travelers are also given an entry card which they should not lose. Failure to follow through with all the steps of a Russian visa could result in fines and difficulty leaving the country. Russian consular offices can update travelers of all nationalities about their specific requirements for visiting Russia.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Sochi has cool winters and hot, humid summers. Nearby mountains make skiing and beach activities possible on the same trip.

      Safety Concerns Watch out for pickpockets and consider leaving valuables in your hotel safe. Stick in groups at night and watch out for drunken holiday revelers.

      Health Concerns Most tourists prefer to drink bottled water while in Sochi. Rabies, tuberculosis, hepatitis and HIV are potential health hazards.