Emergency Cash

Before you leave, you should discuss with your family and friends a plan for getting more money during your stay. The easiest way to get money in an emergency, as noted above, is a cash advance on a Visa or MasterCard. Parents can also wire money through Western Union to major cities in the former Soviet Union (including all School in Russia sites), but it is usually sent in dollars and received in rubles only. Some Western banks (in Moscow and St. Petersburg) may allow you to receive money wired in dollars, but only at a significant additional cost.   Please note that wiring money can take between 2-5 days, and that significant fees are usually charged on each end.