International students typically come to study abroad for quite a long time. An ordinary travel health insurance policy from the country of origin is unsuitable in Russia in almost any case. This sort of insurance policy is not valid in the majority of hospitals in Russia, and under such a policy you will likely have to pay for the treatment on your own and apply for a refund from the insurance company only once you return home. This is very inconvenient when you're far from home, not put into the completely safe tube, but leading active life.
So according to the national law of Russia you have to purchase a voluntary health insurance (VHI) policy almost immediately upon your arrival in Russia. A piece of good news for you. You have a choice.
Our Institute provides assistance in obtaining a VHI policy.
You can also obtain a VHI policy independently from any Russian insurer, but it will be quicker and less expensive to arrange it with our help.
, which covers the basic medical services required by law in Russia. Including out-patient and in-patient care. They accept VHI at clinics and hospitals located near the place of your studies or residence. In this case, you will not be required to pay to see a doctor. The only thing you need to do is to present your student ID card (or passport) and your policy.
What documents are required to arrange a VHI policy?
Usually a passport, a migration card are required and a copy of your Russian visa. Other Insurance companies will need a referral from the dean's office to confirm your status as a student.
All ISS international students apply for their VHI during orientation week. The manager from the Department of International Relations arrange 2-3 group visits to RANEPA Medical Center specifically for obtaining personal VHI. 10 000 rubles per 1 year or 6 000 rubles per 1 semester paid at the Medical Center Reception in cash (Russian rubles).
Only first aid and emergency medical care are available to foreign citizens in Russia free of charge.
First aid in case of emergency (accidents, injuries, intoxication and other) is rendered by police officers, military officers, fire and rescue service workers and other appropriately trained individuals.
Emergency medical care in cases of immediate threat to life and health (accidents, injuries, intoxication and other) is provided by officers of public healthcare institutions (doctors stabilize the patient’s condition and further treatment is possible only with a valid policy or payment of expenses).
All other types of medical services are rendered on a fee-paying basis. To receive these services, international students must obtain insurance covering routine treatment including check-ups, tests, prescriptions and specialist consultations.