Russia Coronavirus - Travel Advice

Last updated: February 15, 2021 

Russia and Coronavirus 

The first coronavirus case in Russia was confirmed in January 2020, at which time the government immediately enforced various restrictions and Russia travel bans.

In 2021, the government has lifted some of these restrictions. There is no enforced curfew, public transport is operating across the country and restaurants and other non-essential businesses are gradually reopening. In Moscow and Saint Petersburg, leisure facilities, cafes and night clubs have reopened and are now allowed to operate past 11pm. It is necessary to wear face masks on public transport, at bus stops and in crowded public areas.

Russia is actively testing vaccines against the virus and has already produced two which have been domestically approved. Russia started mass vaccination of its citizens at the end of January.

Russia Covid-19 Entry Requirements 

Since March 18, 2020, the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons into Russia has been temporarily restricted. While land border crossings remain closed, Russia has begun to resume its international commercial flights.

Foreigners who may enter Russia include:

  • Citizens of countries for which Russia has opened its borders in a reciprocal manner: The United Kingdom, Turkey, Switzerland, Egypt, the Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Cuba, Serbia, Japan, Belarus, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Vietnam, India, Qatar and Finland;
  • People with close relatives in Russia who are citizens of the Russian Federation. Only single entry will be granted, and a supporting document is required;
  • People with relatives in Russia who need care. Multiple entry will be granted and a supporting medical document is needed;
  • Those who come for treatment and have an invitation from a medical organization;
  • Anyone whose close relative has died in Russia. A death certificate must be shown;
  • Holders of diplomatic and service passports going on a short business trip to Russia from countries which do not require a Russian visa;
  • Those who are transiting through Russia. Tickets to the final destination must be shown;
  • Diplomats, consular officers and international transport workers;
  • Athletes and coaches who will be participating in competitions in Russia;
  • Highly qualified specialists who have a work permit for Russia.

In accordance with Russia’s covid-19 entry requirements, everyone wishing to enter Russia, including transit passengers but excluding Russian citizens, is required to present a negative PCR test result or a certificate proving the presence of antibodies to coronavirus before boarding a flight. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and the results shown in Russian or English. Anyone without a certificate will be required to take a PCR test within 3 days after entering the country and must self-isolate until test results are obtained. Passengers arriving from Ireland and the UK must go through a 14-day quarantine at the place where they will be staying.

Russia Covid-19 Travel Restrictions By Region 

Masks must be worn throughout Russia. In some regions, visitors must report themselves and self-isolate; in others, they are required to test for coronavirus. For the latest information, you can subscribe to updates or monitor the news posted on the websites of regional administrations. Here are the major updates:

Moscow

A self-isolation regimen is recommended for people over 65 years of age and those with chronic diseases.

On January 22, museums, libraries and other cultural institutions were reopened. Activities related to entertainment, education, athletics, advertising and the like may be resumed, provided that the number of visitors does not exceed 50% of the total capacity of the premises.

The maximum number of spectators in theaters, cinemas and concert halls has been increased from 25% to 50% of the total seating capacity.

In restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, karaoke halls, bowling alleys, discos and other entertainment establishments, it is prohibited to receive clients from 23:00 to 06:00. Meal delivery and takeout, however, may operate around the clock.

Moscow Region

Self-isolation is recommended for people over 65 years of age.

St. Petersburg

Self-isolation is recommended until January 31st, with ongoing, obligatory self-isolation for persons over 65 years of age. There is no quarantine for arrivals from other regions.

Leningrad Region

Self-isolation for persons over 65 years of age is required and is recommended for people with chronic diseases.

Kostroma Region

In some areas, self-isolation has been introduced for people over 65 years of age. No restrictions have been implemented for arrivals from other regions. A ban on the entry of organized groups of children from other regions of Russia remains in place.

Vladimir Region

Until January 24, self-isolation is required for people over 65 years of age. Citizens who have arrived from other regions and live in Vladimir Region are required to report their return.

Altai Republic

Until January 22, self-isolation is required for people over 65 years of age. Arrivals from other regions and countries must report their presence, and it is recommended that they quarantine for 14 days.

Altai Region

Until February 6, self-isolation is required for people over 65 years of age and those with chronic diseases. No regulations are in place for arrivals from other regions.

Kaliningrad Region

Until January 25, self-isolation is required for people over 65 years of age and those with chronic diseases. Russian citizens arriving by land must take a PCR test.

Republic of Karelia

Self-isolation is required for persons over 65 years of age in a number of cities. Those who arrive from other regions of Russia must report their presence. Business travelers must take a PCR test.

Nizhny Novgorod Region Self-isolation is required for people over 65 years and those with chronic diseases. Anyone arriving by air is required to take a PCR test, while those arriving by land must quarantine.

Novgorod Region

Self-isolation for people over 65 years of age remains in place. No restrictions are in place for arrivals from other regions.

Rostov Region

Self-isolation guidelines have been introduced for citizens. There is no quarantine for arrivals.

Tver Region

Self-isolation is required for persons over 65 years of age. There are no quarantine restrictions for arrivals.

Tula Region

Self-isolation is required for persons over 65 years of age. There are no quarantine restrictions for arrivals.

Yaroslavl Region

Until January 20, self-isolation is required for people over 65 years of age and those with chronic diseases. Self-isolation is recommended for those arriving from foreign countries.

In all regions, the wearing of masks and gloves on public transport is now mandatory. Failure to wear appropriate protective gear on transport and in public places could result in a fine.

Russia covid-19 travel restrictions are modified regularly based on the pandemic situation worldwide, so we advise you to double check the latest Russia travel advice regarding requirements for your passport country before planning a trip.  

Russia Quarantine Rules

Unless a traveler presents with covid symptoms, it is no longer obligatory to stay in quarantine facilities or self-isolation upon arrival to Russia. The exception to this rule is anyone arriving from the UK, who at least until February 1st will be required to remain in quarantine for 14 days.