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Saint Petersburg used to be called the crime capital of Russia. Now the situation has improved. Petty criminals like pickpockets can be a problem for tourists.
You should not carry a lot of cash or show big sums in public. Public transport, the metro and all tourist traps are the most likely places of these problems. Violent crime is unlikely for a tourist. It is not wise however to wander alone at night in a drunken condition in unfamiliar company. Do not carry your passport if it is not necessary. You can take at home a photocopy of your passport and visa and carry it along.
You should take travel insurance and check that diphtheria, polio and tetanus vaccinations are in order. There are Giardia parasites in the tap water, so bottled waters are recommended.
Foreigners can get free emergency care in Russian hospitals. Comfort in the hospitals can be pretty low. There are also private clinics in Saint Petersburg. Their prices can be high. There are American and European medical centers.
In case of emergency dial 01. For police you can dial 02, and for an ambulance 03. More info about security and health you find here.
Consulates in Saint Petersburg.
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