Russia Coronavirus - Travel Advice

Last updated: April 16, 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. In all regions, it is necessary to wear face masks on public transport, at bus stops and in crowded public areas. Failure to do so could result in a fine.

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 

International flights are operating between Russia and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, the UAE, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam.

A few further details:

  • The frequency of flights from Moscow to Cuba has been increased to seven flights a week;
  • A regular Kaliningrad - Minsk route has been established;
  • Airlines are permitted to offer one flight a week from various regions of the Russian Federation to cities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates;
  • According to the current schedule, Moscow- Frankfurt and Moscow-Berlin flights will operate five times a week and St. Petersburg-Frankfurt flights three times a week. Moscow- Caracas flights will operate twice a week;
  • Most other routes will be serviced by one flight a week between the capital cities;
  • The list of regions from which international flights can operate now includes Barnaul, Belgorod, Kaluga, Krasnodar, Lipetsk , Nalchik, Orenburg, Saratov, Sochi, Tyumen Volgograd, Voronezh and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Since the countries listed above have current restrictions, we recommend double checking the regulations and entry requirements before planning your trip.

Foreigners who may enter Russia include:

  • Citizens of the following nations: Armenia*, Azerbaijan, Belarus*, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Greece, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan*, the Maldives, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Uzbekistan*, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Vietnam;
  • 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 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.

Note: Passengers arriving from Ireland and the UK may only enter Russia directly from the UK and must go through a 14-day quarantine at the place where they will be staying. The only exception to this rule is holders of diplomatic passports or special visas and UK residents who have permanent residency in a third country.

*Citizens of Armenia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan can enter Russia through airports only if they have a negative coronavirus test saved in the “Traveling without COVID-19” mobile application. The application can store coronavirus test results and QR codes and may be checked easily.

Russia Quarantine Rules

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

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 have been resumed, although the number of visitors should 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.

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

St. Petersburg
Self-isolation is recommended 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 and for people with chronic diseases is recommended.

Kostroma Region
Self-isolation is recommended 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
Self-isolation is recommended for people over 65 years of age. Citizens who live in Vladimir Region and who have arrived back from other regions are required to report their return.

Altai Republic
Self-isolation is recommended 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
Self-isolation is recommended for people over 65 years of age and those with chronic diseases. No regulations are in place for arrivals from other regions.

Kaliningrad Region
Self-isolation is recommended 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 recommended for persons over 65 years of age. 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 recommended 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
Recommendations for self-isolation for people over 65 years of age remain in place. No restrictions are in place for arrivals from other regions.

Rostov Region
Self-isolation guidelines have been introduced for citizens. There are no quarantine restrictions for arrivals.

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

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

Yaroslavl Region
Self-isolation is recommended for people over 65 years of age, those with chronic diseases and anyone arriving from foreign countries.

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 before planning a trip.