For Participants

Visa-free
 
entry

In accordance with regulations and on the initiative of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ICM-2022 will be included into the list of international events whose registered participants are granted a visa-free access to the Russian Federation during the Congress events and the General Assembly.

Travel to
 
St. Petersburg

Transport

St. Petersburg is the largest transportation hub in northwestern Russia. The city is close to the EU and is strategically positioned at the crossroads of sea, river and land routes. Its advantageous position makes St. Petersburg a key trade, economic, social, and political center of the country.

St. Petersburg has a well-developed transport network that is modern, reliable, and fully satisfies the IMU standards.

We guarantee safe and convenient transport solutions across various means of transport.

Public transit will be free for all ICM participants and there will be regular shuttle buses from the ICM venue to the city center.

In 2015, St. Petersburg received the World Travel Award as a leading tourist destination in Europe.

Air Transport

St. Petersburg has recently completed a large-scale upgrade of its international airport infrastructure, and its design has won many international awards, including those of Infrastructure Journal, Project Finance, and Infrastructure Investor.

Pulkovo airport was recognized by the Airports Council International in 2015 as the best airport in Europe.

Pulkovo Airport (LED) is served by 70 airlines (including low-cost carriers) which fly to 164 destinations worldwide. Annually, Pulkovo welcomes around 13 million passengers. The brand-new terminal has a total area of 170,000 m2 and with its 110 passport control desks, has no queues at the passport control.

Special ICM welcome counters will be installed in the arrival hall of the airport, which will provide taxi vouchers, direction sand information.

The trip from Pulkovo Airport to the ICM venue — the ExpoForum — will take no more than 10 minutes.

Other Transport Options

By rail

St. Petersburg is linked to Russia and the rest of Europe by four railway terminals: the Moskovsky, Vitebsky, Ladozhsky, and Finlandsky stations, including high-speed trains to Helsinki and Moscow.

By sea

St. Petersburg is a major seaport with over 18 regular passenger routes. Its new passenger terminal—The Marine Facade—has a capacity of 1.5 million people per year. Ferries offer easy connections between St. Petersburg and Northern Europe. People come on business and leisure trips, as well as cruises.

By car

St. Petersburg is at the crossroads of transportation arteries connecting Europe, Scandinavia, Central Russia, and the Baltic states.

Public Transportation

There will be frequent shuttles from the ExpoForum to the nearest subway station. Public transit will be made free for all ICM participants Regular shuttle buses with the ICM logo will run between the ICM venues, major hotels, and the city center.

In August and July the city traffic is light and traffic jams are rare. An alternate freeway route to the city center is possible.

Accommodation
 

St. Petersburg has a thriving hospitality industry. Each year, the city attracts about five million tourists, most of whom stay at hotels.

Presently there are nearly 700 hotels in St. Petersburg with more than 30.5 thousand rooms. The largest share of those are 3 and 4 star hotels (53%).The number of hotel rooms in the city increases by 2-5% annually.

There are over 8 hotels under construction with a total of 1600 rooms. Several hotels are to open by 2018, when St. Petersburg is hosting the Football WorldCup.

Free accommodation in the dormitories of St. Petersburg universities will be available for qualified participants and volunteers of the ICM.

Tours
 
of Russia

There will be an opportunity to take sightseeing tours of Russia (including river cruises) before or after the Congress. The tours may be customized to mesh with the main and the satellite events of the Congress.