Russia Coronavirus - Travel Advice

Last updated: June 23, 2021

Russia and Coronavirus 

As of June 23, 17 regions in Russia have reintroduced coronavirus restrictions as the country grapples with the rise of the highly infectious Delta variant. There is no enforced curfew and non-essential businesses remain open, but compulsory vaccination for 60% - 80% of service workers is now being required at every shop and eatery and at all health, education, service, social and cultural institutions. In all regions, it is necessary to wear face masks and gloves on public transport, at bus stops, in stores and in crowded public areas. 

Public transport is operating across the country, but people without masks and gloves will not be permitted to board even if they have paid for a ticket, and passengers determined by a thermal imager to have a high temperature will also be denied entry. A fine of 5 thousand rubles may also be issued to anyone appearing without a mask at train stations. For additional regional and city-specific regulations, please see below.

Russia started mass vaccination of its citizens at the end of January with the locally-produced Sputnik V vaccine.

Russia Covid-19 Entry Requirements 

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

A few further details:

  • Flights between Russia and Turkey have been suspended until June 21, 2021;
  • Flights between Russia and the UK resumed on June 2, 2021 and now operate three times a week;
  • 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

  - Hospitals in the city have indefinitely suspended routine, non-emergency treatment for unvaccinated patients;

 - Beginning June 28, all eateries in Moscow will only serve customers who have been vaccinated, who have had Covid-19 in the past six months or who present a negative Covid-19 test taken within the past 78 hours;

- Bars and restaurants may serve visitors from 11 am until 6 am but must adhere to requirements for socially-distanced seating. Shopping mall food courts remain closed for seating, with food only available for takeout or delivery;

- Until June 29, Moscow has banned all events with attendance of more than 1,000 people;

 - Cinemas and theaters are required to limit their audience sizes to half capacity, and amusement parks, playgrounds and sports fields are currently closed to the public;

 - Migrant workers living in Moscow will be able to receive the one-dose Sputnik Light vaccine starting in July;

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

Moscow Region
Mandatory self-isolation for the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases is no longer required.

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.