Russia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR results required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-isolation required if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 06.10.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of the Russian Fed. and their family members;
– permanent residents of the Russian Fed.;
– British nationals and nationals of Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam if arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam;
– residents of Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam if arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam;
– students with a written approval issued by their university. The approval must have been submitted to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Fed. by the university;
– until 10 October 2021, participants and guests of The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) with an invitation letter issued by the Organization committee;
– until 31 October 2021, guests and participants of FIA Formula 1 race with an invitation letter issued by the Organization committee. They must be on the list sent by the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Fed. to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Fed.
2. Passengers entering or transiting the Russian Fed. must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 3 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 Fed.;
– passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
3. Passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 3 days before arrival. The test result must have a green QR code obtained in the app ’Traveling without COVID-19’.
– This does not apply to nationals of the Russian Fed.
4. Flights from Tanzania to the Russian Fed. are suspended.
5. Passengers must complete an “Application Form” and present it upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://www.rospotrebnadzor.ru/upload/авиаАнкета%20RUS.docx
6. Suspension of e-visa issuance.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Russia has restricted the entry of many foreign nationals. There are exemptions such as for members of diplomatic missions, certain work-travelers who qualify as highly qualified specialists, for medical treatment, for students (with written approval from their universities and submitted to the Federal Security Service by the university) returning to Russia for their studies, and for caring for close family members as well.

Citizens (or residents) of Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Cuba, Czechia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, North Macedonia, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, UAE, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Vietnam are allowed to enter if arriving on a direct flight from these countries.

Citizens of Armenia, Belarus, Kazachstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan may also arrive on a direct flight from Armenia, Belarus, Kazachstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. They must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival with a green QR code in the app “Traveling Without COVID-19.
 

Lockdown Details

The decision-making around commercial closures and re-openings is delegated to the individual regions. Many businesses have reopened but some are operating with a few limitations. You can see the latest news regarding reopenings and closures here https://bit.ly/3urve79

In response to a worsening epidemiological situation, municipal and regional authorities in the Russian Federation continue to take steps to restrict the spread of COVID-19. Measures and restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 vary widely, as individual regions and cities set their own policies. Travelers should check with the local government in their region for current restrictions. These measures may include curfews for restaurants and bars, attendance limits on large gatherings, and the closure of all noncritical infrastructure. Travelers should comply with all government restrictions/requirements regarding the spread of COVID-19.

The government of the Russian Federation requires the use of masks in crowded public areas, including public transportation, taxis, parking lots, and elevators. This order applies to the entire country. Non-compliance may result in fines.

 

Sources

https://ru.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co