Convenient service for renting affordable accommodation is a great option for those who are accustomed to wisely managing their finances while traveling. However, last year there were some nuances in using this platform by citizens of Russia and Belarus. Therefore, we will explain how to book accommodation on Airbnb from Russia, despite all the restrictions.
Does Airbnb work in Russia?
The service has imposed certain restrictions on Russian and Belarusian citizens. Of course, it is a myth that Airbnb does not work in Russia at all, but now its activity no longer extends to the territory of these two countries. This means that today no one can book apartments on this platform in Russia. In addition, the parent company has closed the official Russian offices of the service.
Another unpleasant thing to note is that now payments from Russia on Airbnb can only be made through the PayPal system. Cards issued by Russian banks are no longer accepted by the service. However, if you have a card issued outside of Russia or relatives/friends with such cards, then not all hope is lost.
If you are not satisfied with the new payment conditions of the service, or if you are interested in booking in sanctioned territories, you can use an Airbnb alternative in Russia, such as Sutochno.ru.