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Russia travel restrictions 2022

Girl traveler with backpack enjoy mountain nature sitting on wooden bridge. Cheget, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia.
Girl traveler with backpack enjoys mountain nature sitting on wooden bridge. Cheget, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia.

Is travel to Russia allowed? With travel restrictions changing almost daily, it's important to use trustworthy resources to plan your trip, and in this post, we'll share current travel rules and statistics on the pandemic in Russia.

Is it safe to travel to Russia?

Here´s updated information on the current situation in Russia.

  • Travel to Russia is allowed, while restrictions may apply to residents of particular countries. Check the current travel updates with this amazing live map by Skyscanner. Just choose your departure and destination countries and see if the restrictions apply.

Travel to Russia is allowed with restrictions to residents of high-risk countries.
  • Foreign nationals traveling to the airports of Russia, including those in transit to other countries through Russia, must present a certificate with a negative Covid-19 PCR result in English or Russian. Note that you need to take the test no earlier than two calendar days before arriving in Russia.

  • You’ll also need to fill out the questionnaire (available in Russian with English translation) before arrival to follow the rules of quarantine control. You can download it on the Aeroflot website.

A negative PCR test result, taken within the previous 48 hours, is required on arrival.
  • You’ll have to wear personal protective equipment to board the plane as well as throughout the flight.

  • Foreign nationals will be requested to provide proof of medical insurance covering the treatment of possible coronavirus infection.

  • As Omicron spreads around the world, Russia temporarily restricts entry for residents of the following states: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Eswatini, Tanzania, Hong Kong, and Kenya. Restrictions apply also if you visited one of these countries 14 days or less prior to your arrival in Russia.

A man watching the timetable in the airport
A man watching the timetable in the airport. Photo by Danila Hamsterman

Can I travel to Russia?

Depending on your country of residence, restrictions may apply.

UK travelers

  • The UK citizens are allowed to travel to Russia, but they’ll need to follow entry rules. See Russia travel advisory at this link.

  • On arrival in Russia, you’ll need to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within the previous 48 hours. Quarantine is not required.

  • On return to the UK, vaccinated tourists are exempt from testing requirements. Unvaccinated travelers will need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test (taken within the previous 48 hours) and may be required to undergo quarantine. Check out the UK government guidance on travel to England from abroad to learn more.

EU / Schengen visitors

  • Travel from Europe to Russia is allowed. On arrival in Russia, you’ll need to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within the previous 48 hours. Quarantine is not required on your arrival in Russia except for travelers who visited the red list countries within the last 14 days. Make sure to check your country's regulations for details.

US travelers

  • The US nationals are allowed to travel to Russia. It’s required to present a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 48 hours, on arrival.

  • You may be required to undergo further health control on arrival, such as a temperature check. In case of a high temperature, you’ll need to take a PCR test. If it’s positive, you’ll need to self-isolate until a negative result is obtained.

  • On return to the US, vaccinated tourists are recommended to self-isolate for 5 days and take a viral test 3 to 5 days after arrival. Non-vaccinated tourists need to self-isolate for 7 days, except for those recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 90 days.

COVID-19 situation in Russia

Here's the latest information on the situation with coronavirus in Russia. At the moment, in most regions of the country, the self-isolation regime has been canceled, shopping centers, hotels and tourist facilities have been opened.

Current case level in Russia

As of 22.02.2022, 15.6 million cases of COVID-19 has been detected in Russia.

Vaccination program in Russia

  • Over 86.6 million people in Russia have one vaccination dose.

  • Over 82.6 million people in Russia are fully vaccinated.

  • Vaccinations available for Russian citizens are Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, Epivaccorona and Covivac.

Face masks in Russia

  • Face masks are required in all indoor public spaces and public transport, as well as in outdoors spaces with large crowds.

  • Standard masks are EN 14683, KN95/N95 and FFP2.


Hotels and restaurants in Russia

  • To enter most restaurants and check in hotels, you need to provide a PCR certificate, a proof of recovery or a certificate of vaccination.

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