Who can travel to Russia in 2021?

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In accordance with Annex №1 of the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation №635-R of March 16, tourists from the following countries may come to Russia:

  1. Abkhazia

  2. Austria

  3. Azerbaijan

  4. Albania

  5. Andorra

  6. Armenia

  7. Bahrain

  8. Belarus

  9. Belgium

  10.  Bulgaria

  11.  Great Britain

  12.  Hungary

  13.  Venezuela

  14.  Vietnam

  15.  Germany

  16.  Greece

  17.  Denmark

  18.  Djibouti

  19.  Dominican Republic

  20.  Egypt

  21.  India

  22.  Jordan

  23.  Iraq

  24.  Ireland

  25.  Spain

  26.  Italy

  27.  Kazakhstan

  28.  Qatar

  29.  Kenya

  30.  Cyprus

  31.  Kyrgyzstan

  32. Colombia

  33.  Korea

  34.  Cuba

  35.  Kuwait

  36.  Lebanon

  37.  Liechtenstein

  38.  Luxembourg

  39.  Mauritius

  40.  Morocco

  41.  Maldives

  42.  Malta

  43.  Mexico

  44.  Moldova

  45.  New Zealand

  46.  UAE

  47.  Peru

  48.  Portugal

  49.  Saudi Arabia

  50.  Northern Macedonia

  51.  Seychelles

  52.  Serbia

  53.  Singapore

  54.  Syria

  55.  Slovakia

  56.  USA

  57.  Tajikistan

  58. Turkey

  59.  Uzbekistan

  60.  Finland

  61.  France

  62.  Croatia

  63.  Switzerland

  64.  Sri Lanka

  65.  Czech Republic

  66.  Ethiopia

  67. Japan

Citizens of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Ukraine residing in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are also allowed to visit Russia.

There are 2 main rules for travellers who are going to visit Russia:

— You must be a citizen of these countries or have a residence permit (or any other document proving the right of permanent residence).

— You have to enter Russia by plane and only from the territory of your country.

As for other countries, there are certain categories of citizens that can enter Russia. See the full list on the Federal Security Service website (available in Russian).

These categories are:

— diplomats and their family members;

— drivers, captains and pilots of international flights;

— foreign nationals who are family members of Russian citizens

— citizens who need to take care for their closest relatives (e.g. husbands, wives, children, mothers and fathers);

— citizens who have a residence permit for Russia;

— migrants who participate in the governmental programme;

— citizens who come for medical treatment (the documents should be issued by the Ministry of Health);

— citizens entering due to death of a close relative (death certificate and a document confirming the degree of kinship are required);

— highly qualified specialists. See the instructions for such specialists on the Federal Agency for Tourism website (available in Russian);

— residents of Baikonur and employees of companies working in the space industry.

What documents are needed for entry to Russia?

  1. Negative COVID-19 PCR test — provide it at the customs. You must make it no earlier than 72 hours before departure.
    You do not need to stay in quarantine if you have a negative test result.

  2. A passport valid for 6 months from the date of travel. 

  3. Application form for those who are on flights to the Russian Federation for border crossing. It is to be completed prior to arrival in Russia. 

  4. Visa (citizens of 58 states are eligible for visa-free travel. See the list of these countries at the Federal Agency for Tourism website).
    You must apply for it at the nearest visa application centre of your country: electronic visas to Russia are temporarily suspended.

  5. Visa application form.
    Sample for British nationals.
    Sample for citizens of other countries.

  6. Medical Insurance (Russian abbreviation: DMS). It must be valid across the whole territory of Russia and cover possible COVID-19 infection. 

  7. Proof of accommodation. Required for citizens who are nor eligible for visa-free travel to Russia.

  8. Tickets. 

Things you need to foresee before travelling to Russia

You need to be tested for COVID-19 in 72 hours before your arrival. The fastest way to get a test result is to do express tests. Keep in mind that they might be more expensive. The certificate must be in English or Russian. You may request a Russian translation at the clinic.

If you will show signs of fever or any other symptoms of an illness, you may be asked to re-do the test upon arrival. Set aside some cash on that — on average, the test costs 3,000 rubles (approximately 34 EUR). If the result is positive, you will have to stay for treatment. 

Rules and recommendations you should follow while travelling in Russia

— be sure to wear gloves and a medical mask in public places: shops, transport, public institutions and museums;

— maintain at least 1,5 meters between yourself and people around;

— avoid crowded places; 

— take a taxi instead of public transport. 

How not to get COVID-19 — basic rules

Precautions The World Health Organization advises to follow:

— wash your hands thoroughly with soap, use alcohol-based hand rubs;

— wear a mask and gloves in public places. The mask must cover your nose and mouth;

— cover your mouth with a tissue if you feel like sneezing or coughing. After that, dispose the tissue immediately;

— avoid touching your face.

Visit the World Health Organisation website for more advice.

Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, call 103 immediately. 

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