You’re required to have an insurance policy that covers climbing to 5,642m. You're advised to take out insurance to cover potential events that might cause you to cancel your trip. You should bring with you a copy of your policy and also a photocopy of your passport, and to keep it separate to your own documents in the unlikely event that you lose your passport. We advise you to consider the British Mountaineering Council insurance, some other insurance companies offer policies suitable for Elbrus. This FCO currently advises against ‘all but essential travel’ in the Elbrus region, which can also affect insurance, so you should check that you are covered.