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.
United Arab Emirates
Main conditions for tourists, entering Russia:
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).
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.
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.
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