Russia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 21 July, 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: No
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 12.07.2021
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 Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam if arriving on a direct flight from Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Vietnam;
– residents of Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam if arriving on a direct flight from Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, North Macedonia (Rep.), Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Vietnam;
– 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;
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.;
– nationals of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan arriving from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
3. Nationals of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan arriving from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 3 days before arrival. The test result must have a green QR code obtained in the app ’Traveling without COVID-19’.
4. Flights from Tanzania to the Russian Fed. are suspended.
5. Passengers arriving from the United Kingdom are subject to self-isolation for 14 days.
6. 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
7. Suspension of e-visa issuance.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Russia has restricted the entry of most foreign nationals. There are some exemptions such as for members of diplomatic missions, certain work-travelers who qualify as highly qualified specialists, for medical treatment, passengers with the UEFA 2021 FAN ID card (until July 2), 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 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, UAE, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Vietnam are allowed to enter if arriving on a direct flight from these countries. Starting May 25th, Russia also resumed flights with Iceland, Malta, Mexico, Portugal, and Saudi Arabia, although the number of flights is very limited.

Citizens of Armenia, Belarus, Kazachstan, and Kyrgyzstan may also arrive on a direct flight. 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.”

Travelers (other than Russian citizens) have to present a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 3 days before arrival. The certificate can be in Russian or in English, and a notarized translation to Russian is acceptable. This includes travelers transiting as well.

Travelers are also required to pass two PCR COVID-19 tests (one within 3 days after arriving and the second within 5 days) and submit the test results via the Public Services Portal.

Those arriving to Russia for permanent work purposes, including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, and travelers from the UK have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Flights to and from the UK are suspended until at least June 16, and flights to and from
 

Lockdown Details

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.

In the Moscow region, indoor gatherings of more than 50 people and outdoors events of more than 500 are prohibited. In the city of Moscow, the mayor has implemented a system of QR codes for those seeking to dine in restaurants and cafes. Starting from June 28, 2021, all patrons at restaurants and bars will need to utilize an application connecting to a centralized government database in order to generate a QR code proving that they have either: been vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months, or had a negative PCR test result from an approved Moscow lab within the last three days. Otherwise, they will not be permitted to enter. Moscow authorities will only accept evidence of vaccination with one of the vaccines registered in the Russian Federation. The Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not currently registered in the Russian Federation. For more information, please see the following website.

In Saint Petersburg, the governor has suspended the work of amusement and water parks and increased enforcement of the mask regime in public transportation and cultural and retail establishments.
 

Sources

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