Russia Coronavirus - Travel Advice

Last updated: March 8, 2022

Russia and Coronavirus 

On March 1, 2022, Rospotrebnadzor established new recommendations regarding restrictions on the background of coronavirus. Now there are only two main recommendations left: maintaining the mask mode in closed rooms and enhanced disinfection mode.

Masks or respirators should be worn in public places, gloves are no longer needed. For additional rules applicable in specific regions and cities, see below.

Russia Covid-19 Entry Requirements 

According to the Federal Tourism Agency, at the moment, foreign citizens from 80 countries can enter Russia. The list of countries is published in Appendix No. 1 to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 635-r dated 16.03.2020.

Only certain categories of citizens can come from countries not included in the list:

  • diplomats and their family members;
  • pilots, drivers and captains of international flights;
  • foreigners - family members of Russian citizens;
  • citizens who need to take care of their closest relatives (for example: husbands, wives, children, mothers and fathers);
  • citizens who have a residence permit in Russia;
  • displaced persons participating in the Government's program (for more information, see Decree No. 637 of June 22, 2006);
  • citizens coming for treatment (documents must be issued by the Ministry of Health of Russia);
  • citizens entering due to the death of a close relative (need a death certificate and a document confirming the degree of kinship);
  • highly qualified specialists working on a shift basis (for more information, follow the link)—
  • residents of Baikonur and employees of companies working in the space field.

Foreigners from countries that are allowed to enter Russia are issued tourist visas. However, the issuance of unified electronic visas is not yet available.

To enter Russia, a foreign citizen must have:

  • A medical document (in Russian or English) confirming a negative result for COVID-19 using a PCR test made no earlier than 48 hours before entering Russia.
  • Before arrival, fill out the application form of the person staying in the territory of the Russian Federation.

If you have received a positive result for COVID-19, you must observe isolation at the place of stay for 7 days from the date of receipt of the test.

You can take the test again no earlier than 3 days after receiving a positive test result.

To complete the 7-day quarantine, a foreign citizen does not have to retake the COVID-19 test.

Citizens of Armenia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan will be able to enter the territory of the Russian Federation with a negative PCR test saved in the mobile phone app "Traveling without COVID-19". The application stores the results of PCR tests with QR codes that can be easily checked. Uzbek citizens can enter if they have a negative PCR test and if they arrive on a regular (non-charter) flight.

Russia Quarantine Rules

The mask mode has been introduced throughout Russia. In some regions, those entering must report their arrival and undergo a period of self-isolation. The most up-to-date information can be found on the websites of the regional administration. Since the beginning of March, most of the restrictions related to the pandemic have been lifted in the capital and many other cities of Russia. Check out the main rules below:

The mask regime is maintained in public places, as well as the rules for observing social distance.
Almost all restrictions on visiting cafes, restaurants, theaters, events, etc. have been canceled.
The use of QR codes for visits to public institutions has been canceled.
Self-isolation for the elderly is now advisory in nature.

Moscow region
What you need: the presence of a mask, social distance.
Many restrictions have been canceled.
Mandatory self-isolation for the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases is no longer required.

The obligation to wear masks.
Mandatory self-isolation is necessary for people over 65 who have chronic diseases. Quarantine is not required for citizens from other regions.

Leningrad Region
Mask mode.
The self-isolation regime for persons over 60 years of age and persons with chronic diseases has been abolished.

Kostroma region
Self-isolation of citizens over 60 years old has been abolished.
For persons under the age of 18, visiting the shopping center is possible only in the presence of adults.

Vladimir region
Self-isolation is recommended for unvaccinated persons over 60 years of age.

Altai Republic
Self-isolation is recommended for people over 60 years of age.

Altai Territory
The mask mode and social distancing are preserved.
The ban on holding mass, public events remain.
Mandatory self-isolation for people over 60 who have not been vaccinated has been abolished.
Restrictions on the degree of occupancy of public institutions have been removed: theaters, cinemas, clubs, circuses, sports facilities.

Kaliningrad Region
The mask mode is in effect.
All mass events are prohibited. Only events in cultural organizations are allowed if the occupancy of the halls is not more than 70%.
Check-in to hotels is possible only vaccinated, with a certificate and a PCR test.
Social distancing and thermometry in public transport.

Republic of Karelia
Masks are needed in public places.
Self-isolation is recommended for people over 60 years of age.
QR codes have been canceled in catering establishments, cinemas, clubs, hotels, etc.

Nizhny Novgorod region
Mask mode, social distancing.

Rostov region
Mask mode.
Self-isolation and remote work regime for people over 60 years old with chronic diseases (if they have not been ill and have not been vaccinated).
The operation of catering establishments and entertainment events after 23:00 is prohibited.

It is mandatory to wear masks on public transport.
The remaining restrictions have been canceled.

Masks or respirators in public places.
The work of public institutions has been resumed.
QR codes, temperature measurement when visiting public institutions have been canceled.
Minors can now visit the shopping center unaccompanied by adults.

Mask mode and social distancing in public places.
Restaurants and cafes can be open after 23:00.
The rest of the restrictions, including the use of QR codes, have been canceled.
The rules of entry to Russia in connection with the coronavirus vary depending on the epidemiological situation in the world. We advise you to check the entry restrictions to Russia in accordance with your citizenship before traveling to Russia.