According to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation №635-R of March 16, 2020 for the purpose of ensuring state security, protecting public health and non-proliferation of a new coronavirus infection entry to the territory of the Russian Federation is restricted until further notice.
List of countries with which Russian Federation resumes international air service:
— the United Kingdom
— the Republic of Cuba
— the Republic of Maldives
— the UAE
— the Republic of Korea (but during the pandemic a visa-free travel is temporarily cancelled)
Visas of all categories shall be issued only to citizens of these countries, as well as to persons who have a residence permit or any other document proving the right of permanent residence.
Entry to the Russian Federation of foreign citizens of other countries, as well as stateless persons, is restricted until further notice. The issuance of tourist visas, including visas in the form of an electronic document, has also been temporarily suspended.
Tour operators operating in the field of international inbound tourism, in the current situation, are able to postpone the dates of travel of foreign tourists with their consent.
Russia has in place a mandatory state classification of hotels and other accommodation facilities assigned by specialized accredited organizations.
The federal list of classified hotels and other accommodation facilities provides consumers with reliable information on the status of the classified facilities and the quality of their services.
Hotels and other accommodation facilities are divided into six categories, with five stars being the highest and one star being the lowest category. Non-classified accommodation facilities fall into a “no star” category. The number of stars increases in accordance with the level and quality of services.
23 international hotel operators operate more than 150 hotels in 38 Russian cities. The majority of the hotels operated by the international operators is concentrated in Moscow, the Moscow Region, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, and Ekaterinburg.
The most popular hotel online booking systems operating in Russia include