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Traveling to Russia during COVID-19: Entry terms

Updated: Sep 24



Can I travel to Russia?

Here are the countries that Russia has opened its borders with. And you can always check the current status in this amazing live map by Skyscanner.

  1. Albania

  2. Armenia

  3. Austria

  4. Azerbaijan

  5. Bahrain

  6. Belarus

  7. Bulgaria

  8. China

  9. Great Britain

  10. Hungary

  11. Greece

  12. Georgia

  13. Egypt

  14. Jordan

  15. Kazakhstan

  16. Cyprus

  17. Kyrgyzstan

  18. Cuba

  19. Maldives

  20. Mexico

  21. United Arab Emirates

  22. Seychelles

  23. Serbia

  24. Tanzania

  25. Turkey

  26. Croatia

  27. Switzerland

  28. Sri Lanka

  29. South Korea

  30. Japan

Main conditions for tourists, entering Russia:

  1. The tourist should be a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries or has a residence permit (or any other document confirming their right for permanent residence in a country).

  2. The tourist may only enter Russia by plane (apart from citizens of Abkhazia or South Ossetia) and only fly directly from their country of residence.

As for the other countries, only certain categories of citizens are allowed to enter Russia:

  • diplomats and members of their families;

  • pilots, drivers and captains of international flights;

  • foreigners - family members of citizens of the Russian Federation;

  • Citizens who need to look after close relatives (for example: husbands, wives, children, mothers and fathers);

  • citizens who have a residence permit in Russia;

  • IDPs participating in the Government's program (for more details - in the Decree of June 22, 2006 No. 637);

  • citizens who come for treatment (documents must be drawn up by the Ministry of Health of Russia);

  • Citizens entering in connection with the death of a close relative (you need a death certificate and a document confirming the degree of relationship);

  • highly qualified specialists working on a rotational basis (for more details, follow the link);

  • residents of Baikonur and employees of companies working in the space industry.

What documents do I need to enter Russia?

1. Certificate with a negative test result for COVID-19

You should have a medical document in English or Russian with a negative test result for COVID-19 by PCR, selected no earlier than 3 calendar days (72 hours) prior to arrival in Russia. You do not need to stay in quarantine if you have a certificate.

2. Application form for a traveler arriving on the territory of Russian Federation

The application form should be filled in before arriving in Russia.

3. International passport, which expires no earlier than 6 months from the date of entry. If a visa-free regime has been introduced between Russia and your country, it is enough to present a civil passport.

4. Visa

Important: the issuance of electronic visas to Russia has been temporarily suspended.

5. Visa application form

You can fill in a visa application form on the website of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

6. Insurance

A health insurance policy (VHI) must be valid throughout Russia and cover a possible case of COVID-19 infection.

7. Confirmation of the hotel reservation or any other place of residence (you will need to provide for a visa).

8. Return tickets.

*This is a translation of the official entry terms of the Federal Agency for Tourism


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