Russia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 20 May 2022

Is Russia open for visitors?

Russia is currently open to visitors from certain countries.

Can tourists travel to Russia?

Tourists may not be allowed to enter Russia depending on their nationalities or where they travel from.

The Russian government has announced a list of 52 countries from where international flights may resume operation. The countries are as follows:

Algeria, Argentina, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe.

Source: https://favt.gov.ru/novosti-novosti/?id=9062 

Can residents return to Russia?

Nationals of the Russian Federation along with their family members and permanent residents of the Russian Federation are allowed to return to Russia.

What are Russia’s vaccine requirements?

The Russian government does not require international arrivals to have been fully vaccinated for entry.

The vaccines approved in Russia are as follows:

  • Aurora-CoV
  • EpiVacCorona
  • Gam-Covid-Vac
  • Sputnik Light
  • Sputnik V
  • KoviVac

Source: https://covid19.trackvaccines.org/country/russian-federation/

What are Russia’s testing and quarantine requirements?

All foreign travelers arriving in Russia are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.

Children of all ages need to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result, dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia.

Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow the guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing.

There are currently no quarantine requirements being enforced. However, measures are regularly updated and are subject to change at short notice. We recommend all inbound passengers to check regularly with their travel agent and/or airline and check with the Russian Embassy in their respective countries. 

Transiting in Russia

Passengers entering or transiting the Russian Federation must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 2 days before arrival. The test result must be in English or Russian. A notarized translation to Russian is accepted.

This does not apply to:

  • nationals of the Russian Federation
  • passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Exit requirements for Russian nationals and residents

Russian nationals and residents are allowed to travel without restrictions to 52 countries as follows:

Algeria, Argentina, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe.

Please note that entry is subject to the rules and requirements of individual countries.