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Russia travel restrictions

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Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: partial
Airlines Updates
Published on 10.05.2022, Aeroflot:

Aeroflot to reactivate an international route from 20MAY22.

Published on 09.05.2022, Aeroflot:

Aeroflot will resume flights to Antalya, Istanbul from 07MAY22.

Published on 06.05.2022, Aeroflot:

Aeroflot Russian Airlines will resume flights between Delhi and Moscow from 06MAY22.

Published on 06.05.2022, Aeroflot:

Aeroflot will resume flights to Antalya, Istanbul from 7 May

Published on 05.05.2022, :

Latest News:

Published on 28.04.2022, Aeroflot:

Russia’s Aeroflot suspended from SkyTeam.

Published on 26.04.2022, Aeroflot:

Aeroflot launches flights to Kazakhstan

Published on 25.04.2022, Aeroflot:

Aeroflot resumes flights to Maldives from 13MAY22.

Published on 22.04.2022, Aeroflot:

Moscow may hand Aeroflot ₽107bn from sovereign wealth fund.

Published on 21.04.2022, S7:

S7 Airlines «temporarily» leaves Oneworld alliance.

Published on 20.04.2022, Angara Airlines:

Russia's Angara Airlines to replace An-148s with MC-21s.

Published on 19.04.2022, Aeroflot:

Aeroflot sees itself returning to India, from 06MAY22.

Published on 08.04.2022, Aeroflot:

US bans Russia's Aeroflot and other airlines from receiving parts.

Published on 04.04.2022, Wizz Air:

Wizz Air cancels Russia flights until 31OCT22.

Published on 30.03.2022, Ural Airlines:

Ural Airlines extends suspension of flights to Azerbaijan until 30APR22

Published on 28.03.2022, Aeroflot:

Russian government allows resumption of air connections with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Israel, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkey.

Published on 16.03.2022, Aeroflot:

Aeroflot CEO no longer on airline trade group IATA's board of governors.

Published on 16.03.2022, Aeroflot:

Russia lifts COVID bans, opens Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Iran markets for Aeroflot.

Published on 15.03.2022, Aeroflot:

Aeroflot Russian Airlines resumes flights to Manas Airport in Bishkek.

Published on 07.03.2022, Aeroflot, Rossiya:

Aeroflot, Rossiya extend suspension of flights to southern Russia until 14MAR22

Published on 07.03.2022, Ural Airlines:

Ural Airlines continues to shrink

Published on 05.03.2022, Aeroflot:

Aeroflot to halt all international flights, except for those to Belarus, from 8 March

Published on 05.03.2022, Ural Airlines:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Israel, Russia, United Arab Emirates: Ural Airlines cancels flights to several destinations until 26 March because of current geopolitical situation

Published on 04.03.2022, Aeroflot:

Russia's largest airline yanked from global reservation systems.

Published on 04.03.2022, Volga-Dnepr Airlines:

Russia's Volga-Dnepr Group restricts foreign

Published on 04.03.2022, Russian S7:

Russian S7 To Suspend All International Flights Amid Airspace Bans.

Published on 04.03.2022, Smartavia:

Flight restrictions prompt Smartavia to suspend all foreign services until 19MAR22.

Published on 02.03.2022, Citrum :

Russia's Citrus suspends launch plans as sanctions hit.

Published on 01.03.2022, Aeroflot :

Aeroflot cancels all fights to the U.S., Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

Published on 28.02.2022, Aeroflot:

Aeroflot was scheduled to operate 5,500 flights into European markets in Mar-2022

Published on 26.02.2022, :

Aeroflot Russian Airlines cancels Zagreb flights; Croatian government will ban flights by Russian airlines from 28 February

Published on 25.02.2022, Aeroflot :

Aeroflot Russian Airlines banned from flying to U.K. until further notice after Russian invasion of Ukraine

Published on 11.02.2022, Citrum :

Russia's new low-cost Citrus preps for launch as AOC activated.

Published on 11.02.2022, Aeroflot :

Aeroflot part of Russian gov’t sanctions “stress tests”.

Published on 07.02.2022, Aeroflot :

Aeroflot Takes Two More Boeing 777-300ERs- possible destinations include Dubai, New York and Los Angeles.

Published on 03.02.2022, Utair:

Russian Airline to Start Operating Flights from Moscow to Azerbaijan's Ganja from 09FEB22.

Published on 21.01.2022, Smartavia:

Smartavia receives first newly-built A320neo.

Published on 21.01.2022, Aeroflot :

Aeroflot to resume flights to Aktau from 20JAN22 and Shymkent from 22JAN22

Published on 01.12.2021, Aeroflot:

Aeroflot to resume regular service to Havana from 21DEC21.

Published on 17.11.2021, Aeroflot:

Russian Government to reopen services to nine countries from 01DEC21.

Published on 16.11.2021, Aeroflot:

Aeroflot commences Moscow-Abu Dhabi service.

Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Russia
Flight Restrictions
Published on 14.12.2021

1. Nationals and residents of Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter.

2. Passengers and airline crew who in the past 10 days have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania or
Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian Fed.

3. Passengers are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of the Russian Fed. and their family members; - permanent residents of the Russian Fed.; - British
nationals and nationals of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.),
Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India,
Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta,
Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles,
Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam if
arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh,
Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.),Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman,
Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam; - residents of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh,
Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman,
Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam if arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra,
Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia,
Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan,
Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.),Mongolia,
Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka,
Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam; - students with a written approval
issued by their university. The approval must have been submitted to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Fed. by the university; - until 31 December 2023, passengers with
an invitation letter issued by the Arctic Council Russia's Chairmanship Secretary; - more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/3mcy3n2r

4. Passengers entering or transiting the Russian Fed. must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 2 days before arrival. The test result must be in English or Russian. A
notarized translation to Russian is accepted. - This does not apply to: - nationals of the Russian Fed.; - passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

5. Passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test
taken at most 2 days before arrival. The test result must have a green QR code obtained in the app 'Traveling without COVID-19'. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian
Fed.

6. Nationals of the Russian Fed. arriving from Botswana, China (People's Rep.), Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Israel, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa,
Tanzania, United Kingdom or Zimbabwe are subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival.

7. Passengers arriving from China (People's Rep.), Israel or United Kingdom are subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian
Fed.

8. Flights from Morocco and Tanzania to the Russian Fed. are suspended.

9. Passengers must complete an "Application Form" and present it upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://www.rospotrebnadzor.ru/upload/????????????????????%20RUS.docx

10. Suspension of e-visa issuance.

Published on 13.12.2021

1. Passengers and airline crew who in the past 10 days have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania or
Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian Fed.

2. Passengers are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of the Russian Fed. and their family members; - permanent residents of the Russian Fed.; - British
nationals and nationals of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.),
Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India,
Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta,
Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles,
Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam if
arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh,
Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.),Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman,
Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam; - residents of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh,
Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman,
Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam if arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra,
Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia,
Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan,
Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.),Mongolia,
Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka,
Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam; - students with a written approval
issued by their university. The approval must have been submitted to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Fed. by the university; - until 31 December 2023, passengers with
an invitation letter issued by the Arctic Council Russia's Chairmanship Secretary; - more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/3mcy3n2r

3. Passengers entering or transiting the Russian Fed. must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 2 days before arrival. The test result must be in English or Russian. A
notarized translation to Russian is accepted. - This does not apply to: - nationals of the Russian Fed.; - passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

4. Passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test
taken at most 2 days before arrival. The test result must have a green QR code obtained in the app 'Traveling without COVID-19'. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian
Fed.

5. Nationals of the Russian Fed. arriving from Botswana, China (People's Rep.), Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Israel, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa,
Tanzania, United Kingdom or Zimbabwe are subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival.

6. Passengers arriving from China (People's Rep.), Israel or United Kingdom are subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian
Fed.

7. Flights from Morocco and Tanzania to the Russian Fed. are suspended.

8. Passengers must complete an "Application Form" and present it upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://www.rospotrebnadzor.ru/upload/????????????????????%20RUS.docx

9. Suspension of e-visa issuance.

Published on 08.12.2021

1. Passengers and airline crew who in the past 10 days have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania or
Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian Fed.

2. Passengers are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of the Russian Fed. and their family members; - permanent residents of the Russian Fed.; - British
nationals and nationals of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.),
Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India,
Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta,
Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles,
Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam if
arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh,
Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.),Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman,
Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam; - residents of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh,
Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman,
Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam if arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra,
Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia,
Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan,
Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.),Mongolia,
Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka,
Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam; - students with a written approval
issued by their university. The approval must have been submitted to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Fed. by the university; - more exemptions can be found at
https://tinyurl.com/3mcy3n2r

3. Passengers entering or transiting the Russian Fed. must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 2 days before arrival. The test result must be in English or Russian. A
notarized translation to Russian is accepted. - This does not apply to: - nationals of the Russian Fed.; - passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

4. Passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test
taken at most 2 days before arrival. The test result must have a green QR code obtained in the app 'Traveling without COVID-19'. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian
Fed.

5. Nationals of the Russian Fed. arriving from Botswana, China (People's Rep.), Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Israel, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa,
Tanzania, United Kingdom or Zimbabwe are subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival.

6. Passengers arriving from China (People's Rep.), Israel or United Kingdom are subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian
Fed.

7. Flights from Morocco and Tanzania to the Russian Fed. are suspended.

8. Passengers must complete an "Application Form" and present it upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://www.rospotrebnadzor.ru/upload/????????????????????%20RUS.docx

9. Suspension of e-visa issuance.

Published on 07.12.2021

1. Passengers and airline crew who in the past 10 days have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania or
Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian Fed.

2. Passengers are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of the Russian Fed. and their family members; - permanent residents of the Russian Fed.; - British
nationals and nationals of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.),
Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India,
Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta,
Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles,
Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam if
arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh,
Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.),Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman,
Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam; - residents of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh,
Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman,
Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam if arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra,
Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia,
Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan,
Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.),Mongolia,
Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka,
Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam; - students with a written approval
issued by their university. The approval must have been submitted to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Fed. by the university; - more exemptions can be found at
https://tinyurl.com/3mcy3n2r

3. Passengers entering or transiting the Russian Fed. must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 3 days before arrival. The test result must be in English or Russian. A
notarized translation to Russian is accepted. - This does not apply to: - nationals of the Russian Fed.; - passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

4. Passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test
taken at most 3 days before arrival. The test result must have a green QR code obtained in the app 'Traveling without COVID-19'. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian
Fed.

5. Nationals of the Russian Fed. arriving from Botswana, China (People's Rep.), Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Israel, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa,
Tanzania, United Kingdom or Zimbabwe are subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival.

6. Passengers arriving from China (People's Rep.), Israel or United Kingdom are subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian
Fed.

7. Flights from Morocco and Tanzania to the Russian Fed. are suspended.

8. Passengers must complete an "Application Form" and present it upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://www.rospotrebnadzor.ru/upload/????????????????????%20RUS.docx

9. Suspension of e-visa issuance.

Published on 03.12.2021

1. Passengers and airline crew who in the past 10 days have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania or
Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian Fed.

2. Nationals of Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe and passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport are not
allowed to enter.

3. Passengers are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of the Russian Fed. and their family members; - permanent residents of the Russian Fed.; - British
nationals and nationals of Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia,
Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan,
Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco,
Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden,
Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam if arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through
any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia,
Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy,
Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.),
Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka,
Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam; - residents of Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria,
Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt,
Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru,
Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United
Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam if arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria,
Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt,
Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru,
Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United
Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam; - students with a written approval issued by their university. The approval must have been submitted to the Federal Security
Service of the Russian Fed. by the university; - more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/3mcy3n2r

4. Passengers entering or transiting the Russian Fed. must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 3 days before arrival. The test result must be in English or Russian. A
notarized translation to Russian is accepted. - This does not apply to: - nationals of the Russian Fed.; - passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

5. Passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test
taken at most 3 days before arrival. The test result must have a green QR code obtained in the app 'Traveling without COVID-19'. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian
Fed.

6. Nationals of the Russian Fed. arriving from Botswana, China (People's Rep.), Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Israel, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa,
Tanzania, United Kingdom or Zimbabwe are subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival.

7. Passengers arriving from China (People's Rep.), Israel or United Kingdom are subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian
Fed.

8. Flights from Morocco and Tanzania to the Russian Fed. are suspended.

9. Passengers must complete an "Application Form" and present it upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://www.rospotrebnadzor.ru/upload/????????????????????%20RUS.docx

10. Suspension of e-visa issuance.

Published on 28.11.2021

1. Passengers arriving from or who in the past 10 days have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania or
Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian Fed.

2. Passengers are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of the Russian Fed. and their family members; - permanent residents of the Russian Fed.; - British
nationals and nationals of Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia,
Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland
(Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico,
Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia,
South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam if
arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria,
China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong
(SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg,
Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab
Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam; - residents of Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.),
Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary,
Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China),
Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia,
Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates,
Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam if arriving on a direct flight from or transiting through any of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan,
Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait,
Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.),
Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan,
Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Viet Nam; - students with a written approval issued by their university. The approval must
have been submitted to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Fed. by the university; - until 30 November 2021, guests and participants of The IX St. Petersburg International
Cultural Forum with an invitation letter issued by the Organization Committee; - more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/3mcy3n2r

3. Passengers entering or transiting the Russian Fed. must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 3 days before arrival. The test result must be in English or Russian. A
notarized translation to Russian is accepted. - This does not apply to: - nationals of the Russian Fed.; - passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

4. Passengers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test
taken at most 3 days before arrival. The test result must have a green QR code obtained in the app 'Traveling without COVID-19'. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian
Fed.

5. Nationals of the Russian Fed. arriving from Botswana, China (People's Rep.), Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Israel, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa,
Tanzania, United Kingdom or Zimbabwe are subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival.

6. Passengers arriving from China (People's Rep.), Israel or United Kingdom are subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival. - This does not apply to nationals of the Russian
Fed.

7. Flights from Morocco and Tanzania to the Russian Fed. are suspended.

8. Passengers must complete an "Application Form" and present it upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://www.rospotrebnadzor.ru/upload/????????????????????%20RUS.docx

9. Suspension of e-visa issuance.

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Self-isolation at own accommodation- subject to PCR.

All foreign travelers arriving in Russia have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.

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Non-Russian nationals must still produce a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of their arrival in Russia. Non-Russian nationals must still produce a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of their arrival in Russia. You should check with your airlines before you travel to keep up to date with the latest requirements. Temporary COVID-related restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders still remain in force for most countries.
*All travellers: All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian). The following requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
Russian government requires all arriving passengers to carry a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in, and airlines may require for your COVID-19 (PCR) test to be taken within 48 hours before arrival in Russia (please check with your airline). If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 48 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. From 8 December 2021, they are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test, with the result being within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.

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COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 10660
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 114.23
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 73

You do not need to present proof that you have been fully vaccinated to enter Russia.

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Full Restrictions

  • Russia Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *The Russian government is gradually lifting COVID-related entry restrictions for nationals and permanent residents of foreign countries. The full list of countries whose nationals and permanent residents are now cleared for entry to Russia by air is available on the Russian Government site.
    From 9 April 2022 the Russian government reinstated regular airlinks with 67 countries, including India, China and South Africa. The full list of countries with direct air links to Russia is available on the Russian Federal Aviation Authority website.
    Non-Russian nationals must still produce a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of their arrival in Russia. You should check with your airlines before you travel to keep up to date with the latest requirements. Temporary COVID-related restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders still remain in force for most countries.
    *All travellers: All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian). The following requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Russian government requires all arriving passengers to carry a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in, and airlines may require for your COVID-19 (PCR) test to be taken within 48 hours before arrival in Russia (please check with your airline). If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 48 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. From 8 December 2021, they are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test, with the result being within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing.
    For passengers travelling out of Russia, express COVID-19 tests can be carried out at some airports. In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid. In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport
    . A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor (only in Russian).
    *Quarantine requirements: All foreign travelers arriving in Russia have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of vaccination status.
    *Proof of vaccination status: You do not need to present proof that you have been fully vaccinated to enter Russia.
    *If you’re not fully vaccinated: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of vaccination status.
    *If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of your COVID-19 recovery status.
    *Residents of Russia: Residents of Russia may be exempt from the entry restrictions. See Exemptions.
    *Children and young people: Children of all ages need to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result, dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia.
    *If you’re transiting through Russia: Travelling between Russia and Belarus.
    *By air: British nationals flying to Russia from Belarus or to Belarus from Russia are subject to immigration control. If you’re transiting Russia when flying to/from Belarus, please contact the nearest Russian embassy or consulate to check if a transit visa is needed.
    *By road: There are no immigration check points on the land border between Russia and Belarus so foreigners (including British nationals) who cross the land border between Russia and Belarus will have no stamps in their passports and will be deemed to have entered illegally. If you’re planning on driving to Russia, you’ll need to take an alternative route through a different country.
    *By rail: If you’re planning on travelling by rail between the two countries, you should contact your train or tour operator when you make your booking to seek their advice to avoid entering Russia without passing through immigration and thus being deemed to have entered Russia illegally. You should also consider contacting your nearest Russian embassy or consulate for advice on the latest situation for rail travellers.
    Due to COVID restrictions, travel across Russian land border with Belarus is currently permitted to Russian and Belarus nationals only. You should make sure you have all the necessary visas for the duration of your travel.
    *Exemptions: Certain groups may be exempt from the entry restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • aircrew and train operating crew
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn--80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn--p1ai/information/ – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website
    . For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website. Following widespread reports of military activity in Ukraine, on 24 February the Russian authorities announced restrictions on domestic flights to a number of airports in southern Russia, with disruption to internal flights to and from Moscow and other cities. Currently Anapa, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar, Kursk, Lipetsk, Rostov-on-don, Simferopol and Elista are affected. Check the latest information with your airline or travel provider. The Russian aviation authorities have published information about the affected airports (in Russian).

    *Public places and services: Social distancing of 1.5 metres may still be recommended at certain locations.
    In some locations QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    *Accommodation: Hotels in Russia remain open.

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    05.05.2022
  • Russia Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website(only in Russian).
    The following requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Russian government requires all arriving passengers to carry a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in, and airlines may require for your COVID-19 (PCR) test to be taken within 48 hours before arrival in Russia (please check with your airline). If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 48 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. From 8 December 2021, they are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test, with the result being within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    Testing/screening on arrival: From midnight on 28 November 2021 foreign passengers arriving in Russia from China, Israel and the UK will be required to take an express coronavirus test on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing.
    Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    For passengers travelling out of Russia, express COVID-19 tests can be carried out at some airports. In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo
    and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid. In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport.
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor (only in Russian).
    Quarantine requirements: From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. From 8 December 2021, they have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.
    If you’re fully vaccinated: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Proof of vaccination status: You do not need to present proof that you have been fully vaccinated to enter Russia.
    If you’re not fully vaccinated: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of vaccination status.
    If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year
    The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of your COVID-19 recovery status.
    Residents of Russia: Residents of Russia may be exempt from the entry restrictions.
    Children and young people: Children of all ages need to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result, dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia.
    If you’re transiting through Russia: Travelling between Russia and Belarus.
    By air: Foreign nationals flying to Russia from Belarus or to Belarus from Russia are subject to immigration control. If you’re transiting Russia when flying to/from Belarus, please contact the nearest Russian embassy or consulate to check if a transit visa is needed.
    By road: There are no legal grounds for foreigners (including British nationals) to cross the land border between Russia and Belarus. If you’re planning on driving to Russia, you’ll need to take an alternative route through a different country.
    By rail: If you’re planning on travelling by rail between the two countries, you should contact your train or tour operator when you make your booking to seek their advice. You should also consider contacting your nearest Russian embassy or consulate for advice on the latest situation for rail travellers.
    Temporary travel restrictions across Russian land borders, including with Belarus, are in place from 30 March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Duration of these remains unspecified.
    You should make sure you have all the necessary visas for the duration of your travel.
    Exemptions: Certain groups may be exempt from the entry restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn--80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn--p1ai/information/ – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Following widespread reports of military activity in Ukraine, on 24 February the Russian authorities announced restrictions on domestic flights to a number of airports in southern Russia, with disruption to internal flights to and from Moscow and other cities. Currently Anapa, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar, Kursk, Lipetsk, Rostov-on-don, Simferopol and Elista are affected. Check the latest information with your airline or travel provider. The Russian aviation authorities have published information about the affected airports (in Russian).
    Public places and services: Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

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    11.04.2022
  • Russia Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    The following requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Russian government requires all arriving passengers to carry a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in, and airlines may require for your COVID-19 (PCR) test to be taken within 48 hours before arrival in Russia (please check with your airline). If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 48 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. From 8 December 2021, they are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test, with the result being within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    Testing/screening on arrival: From midnight on 28 November 2021 foreign passengers arriving in Russia from China, Israel and the UK will be required to take an express coronavirus test on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing.
    Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    For passengers travelling out of Russia, express COVID-19 tests can be carried out at some airports. In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid. In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport.
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor (only in Russian).
    Quarantine requirements: From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. From 8 December 2021, they have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Proof of vaccination status: You do not need to present proof that you have been fully vaccinated to enter Russia.
    *If you’re not fully vaccinated: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of vaccination status.
    If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of your COVID-19 recovery status.
    *Residents of Russia: Residents of Russia may be exempt from the entry restrictions.
    *Children and young people: Children of all ages need to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result, dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia.
    *If you’re transiting through Russia:
    Travelling between Russia and Belarus:
    By air: Foreign nationals flying to Russia from Belarus or to Belarus from Russia are subject to immigration control. If you’re transiting Russia when flying to/from Belarus, please contact the nearest Russian embassy or consulate to check if a transit visa is needed.
    By road: There are no legal grounds for foreigners (including British nationals) to cross the land border between Russia and Belarus. If you’re planning on driving to Russia, you’ll need to take an alternative route through a different country.
    By rail: If you’re planning on travelling by rail between the two countries, you should contact your train or tour operator when you make your booking to seek their advice. You should also consider contacting your nearest Russian embassy or consulate for advice on the latest situation for rail travellers.
    Temporary travel restrictions across Russian land borders, including with Belarus, are in place from 30 March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Duration of these remains unspecified. You should make sure you have all the necessary visas for the duration of your travel.
    *Exemptions: Certain groups may be exempt from the entry restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn--80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn--p1ai/information/ – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Following widespread reports of military activity in Ukraine, on 24 February the Russian authorities announced restrictions on domestic flights to a number of airports in southern Russia, with disruption to internal flights to and from Moscow and other cities. Currently Anapa, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar, Kursk, Lipetsk, Rostov-on-don, Simferopol and Elista are affected. Check the latest information with your airline or travel provider. The Russian aviation authorities have published information about the affected airports (in Russian).
    Public places and services: Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

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    08.04.2022
  • Russia The Russian authorities announced earlier this week that the country is preparing to apply entry restrictions to arrivals from several countries, including those traveling from the European Union Member States.

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergei Lavrov, said on Monday, March 28, that the country is developing a decree on retaliatory measures in response to the restrictive measures that have been taken by several countries against Russia, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    Even though the Minister did not give any detailed explanation regarding the changes that would be made, he noted that through this decree, they would introduce a number of restrictions.

    Such an announcement follows the travel bans and other restrictive measures that keep on being imposed against Russian individuals and entities involved in the military aggression against Ukraine.

    Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, the majority of the world countries decided to hold Russia accountable for the situation and impose sanctions.

    Taking into account the large number of countries that were imposing sanctions on Russia, the latter’s authorities decided to add several countries to the so-called ‘unfriendly’ list. This list currently includes all EU Members States, United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, and Japan, among others.

    Entry to Russia has been limited for quite some time now as the Russian carriers have been banned from the EU, UK, and US airspace. However, by this decree, entry to Russia will now be even more restricted. The Russian authorities have yet to announce what kind of restrictions will apply to travellers from ‘unfriendly’ countries and if any exemptions will apply.

    Countries worldwide, especially the EU Member States, have been actively updating the list of Russian persons and entities against which restrictions apply.

    The Council of the European Union revealed through its most recent press release that the EU now applies restrictive measures against 877 Russian nationals and 62 entities. The persons and entities who are part of this list are subject to a travel ban, which means that they a prohibited from entering or transiting through the territory of the EU.

    In addition, all persons and entities that are part of EU’s list are also subject to an asset freeze.

    According to the Council, the travel bans and asset freezes against tens of persons and entities have been imposed as they have undermined and threatened the integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine.

    “The aim of the sanctions is that President Putin stops this inhuman and senseless war,” High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said, commenting on the measures that have been introduced until now.

    Apart from introducing sanctions, several EU countries have also suspended golden visas for Russians.

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    31.03.2022
  • Russia Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    The following requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Russian government requires all arriving passengers to carry a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in, and airlines may require for your COVID-19 (PCR) test to be taken within 48 hours before arrival in Russia (please check with your airline). If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 48 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. From 8 December 2021, they are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test, with the result being within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    Testing/screening on arrival: From midnight on 28 November 2021 foreign passengers arriving in Russia from China, Israel and the UK will be required to take an express coronavirus test on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing.
    Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    For passengers travelling out of Russia, express COVID-19 tests can be carried out at some airports. In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid. In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport.
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor (only in Russian).
    Quarantine requirements: Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. From 8 December 2021, they have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.
    If you’re fully vaccinated: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Proof of vaccination status: You do not need to present proof that you have been fully vaccinated to enter Russia.
    If you’re not fully vaccinated: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of vaccination status. If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of your COVID-19 recovery status.
    Residents of Russia: Residents of Russia may be exempt from the entry restrictions.
    *Children and young people: Children of all ages need to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result, dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia.
    If you’re transiting through Russia: Travelling between Russia and Belarus
    By air: Foreign nationals flying to Russia from Belarus or to Belarus from Russia are subject to immigration control. If you’re transiting Russia when flying to/from Belarus, please contact the nearest Russian embassy or consulate to check if a transit visa is needed.
    By road: There are no legal grounds for foreigners (including British nationals) to cross the land border between Russia and Belarus. If you’re planning on driving to Russia, you’ll need to take an alternative route through a different country.
    By rail: If you’re planning on travelling by rail between the two countries, you should contact your train or tour operator when you make your booking to seek their advice. You should also consider contacting your nearest Russian embassy or consulate for advice on the latest situation for rail travellers.
    Temporary travel restrictions across Russian land borders, including with Belarus, are in place from 30 March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Duration of these remains unspecified. You should make sure you have all the necessary visas for the duration of your travel.
    Exemptions: Certain groups may be exempt from the entry restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.
    *Leaving Russia by air: There are currently no direct flights operating between Europe and Russia. If you are in Russia, you should be aware that it is not possible to fly directly via EU countries, and should amend any travel plans accordingly. However, there are limited numbers of commercial airlines operating indirect flights via the Middle East and Turkey. Check the latest information with your airline or travel provider. The full list of countries who have closed their airspace for Russian aircraft has been published by the Russian aviation authorities (available in Russian only. The website may not be supported on all devices). On 24 February the Russian authorities announced restrictions on domestic flights to a number of airports in southern Russia, with disruption to internal flights to and from Moscow and other cities. The restrictions are set to be in place until 26 March 2022. Check the latest information with your airline or travel provider. The Russian aviation authorities have published information about the affected airports (in Russian).
    *Travelling from Russia into Latvia: If you are planning to travel into Latvia, check the Latvian Government website for information about crossing the border.
    *Travelling from Russia into Finland: If you are planning to travel into Finland, check the travel advice for Finland which includes information on entry requirements, including Covid requirements. Only Finnish and Russian citizens are allowed to cross the border by train due to COVID-19 regulations. Other nationals can travel by bus or car.
    See the Finnish Border Guard website for information about crossing the border.
    *Travelling from Russia into Estonia: If you are planning to travel into Estonia, check the travel advice for Estonia which includes information on entry requirements, including Covid requirements.
    If you are planning to cross into Estonia by road at the Narva-1 Border crossing point, see the Go Swift Queue Management Service. The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board website has further information about crossing the border.
    Lithuanian State Border Crossing website.
    *Travelling from Russia into Norway: If you are planning to travel into Norway, check the travel advice for Norway which includes information on entry requirements, including Covid requirements. The Storskog-Borisoglebsk border crossing is approximately three hours’ drive from Murmansk in the north of Norway.
    *International bus routes: A number of bus companies operate international routes, including those listed below. You should check directly with the companies for availability of buses, timetables and tickets as the situation may change quickly.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian here – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Following widespread reports of military activity in Ukraine, on 24 February the Russian authorities announced restrictions on domestic flights to a number of airports in southern Russia, with disruption to internal flights to and from Moscow and other cities. The restrictions are set to be in place until 26 March 2022. Check the latest information with your airline or travel provider. The Russian aviation authorities have published information about the affected airports (in Russian).
    *Public places and services: Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.

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    23.03.2022
  • Russia Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    The following requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Russian government requires all arriving passengers to carry a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in, and airlines may require for your COVID-19 (PCR) test to be taken within 48 hours before arrival in Russia (please check with your airline). If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 48 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. From 8 December 2021, they are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test, with the result being within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    Testing/screening on arrival: From midnight on 28 November 2021 foreign passengers arriving in Russia from China, Israel and the UK will be required to take an express coronavirus test on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing.
    Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    For passengers travelling out of Russia, express COVID-19 tests can be carried out at some airports. In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid. In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport.
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor (only in Russian).
    Quarantine requirements: Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. From 8 December 2021, they have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.
    If you’re fully vaccinated: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Proof of vaccination status: You do not need to present proof that you have been fully vaccinated to enter Russia.
    If you’re not fully vaccinated: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of vaccination status. If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: The entry requirements for Russia apply regardless of your COVID-19 recovery status.
    Residents of Russia: Residents of Russia may be exempt from the entry restrictions.
    *Children and young people: Children of all ages need to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result, dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia.
    If you’re transiting through Russia: Travelling between Russia and Belarus
    By air: Foreign nationals flying to Russia from Belarus or to Belarus from Russia are subject to immigration control. If you’re transiting Russia when flying to/from Belarus, please contact the nearest Russian embassy or consulate to check if a transit visa is needed.
    By road: There are no legal grounds for foreigners (including British nationals) to cross the land border between Russia and Belarus. If you’re planning on driving to Russia, you’ll need to take an alternative route through a different country.
    By rail: If you’re planning on travelling by rail between the two countries, you should contact your train or tour operator when you make your booking to seek their advice. You should also consider contacting your nearest Russian embassy or consulate for advice on the latest situation for rail travellers.
    Temporary travel restrictions across Russian land borders, including with Belarus, are in place from 30 March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Duration of these remains unspecified. You should make sure you have all the necessary visas for the duration of your travel.
    Exemptions: Certain groups may be exempt from the entry restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn--80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn--p1ai/information/ – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website City Government’s website
    Following widespread reports of military activity in Ukraine, on 24 February the Russian authorities announced restrictions on domestic flights to a number of airports in southern Russia, with disruption to internal flights to and from Moscow and other cities. The restrictions are set to be in place until 20 March 2022. Check the latest information with your airline or travel provider. The Russian aviation authorities have published information about the affected airports (in Russian).
    *Public places and services: Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Read more
    17.03.2022
  • Russia Aeroflot and other Russian airlines on Saturday announced that it would halt international flying from March 8, 2022, due to a recommendation from the country’s aviation agency Rosaviatsiya. S7 earlier this week TOLD that it would temporarily end all international flying from today (Saturday).

    06.03.2022
  • Russia Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    These restrictions were eased on 16 April 2021 for nationals and permanent residents of certain countries including the UK. They may now travel to Russia by air via authorised 3rd countries. The full list is subject to change and currently includes Albania; Andorra; Argentina; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Belgium; Brazil; Bulgaria; China; Columbia; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Djibouti; Dominican Republic; Egypt; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; India; Iran; Iraq; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxemburg; Maldives; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; North Macedonia; Norway; Oman; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Republic of Ireland; Republic of Korea; Republic of Seychelles; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain, Sri-Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom.
    Starting from 10 December 2021, entry into Russia is not allowed for any passengers arriving from, or having visited during the last fourteen days, Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
    All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the
    Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    *Exemptions to entry restrictions: Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (Only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Foreign passengers arriving in Russia should have a negative PCR test certificate in Russian or English. From 8 December 2021 the Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia. This includes children of all ages. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in, and airlines may require for your COVID-19 (PCR) test to be taken within 48 hours before arrival in Russia (please check with your airline).
    If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 48 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    The above requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. From 8 December 2021, they are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test, with the result being within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: From midnight on Sunday 28 November foreign passengers arriving in Russia from China, Israel and the UK will be required to take an express coronavirus test on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing. Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    For passengers travelling out of Russia, express COVID-19 tests can be carried out at some airports. In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo
    and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid. In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor(only in Russian).
    *Quarantine requirements: From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. From 8 December 2021, they have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn--80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn--p1ai/information/ – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.

    Following widespread reports of military activity in Ukraine, on 24 February the Russian authorities announced restrictions on domestic flights to a number of airports in southern Russia, with disruption to internal flights to and from Moscow and other cities. The restrictions are set to be in place until 2 March 2022. Check the latest information with your airline or travel provider. The Russian aviation authorities have published information about the affected airports (in Russian). See Safety and security.
    *Public places and services: Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis. QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.

    Read more
    02.03.2022
  • Russia Russian airlines face a near-total airspace blockade to the country’s west after an EU official said most European countries are set to impose flight bans.

    A formal decision is expected on the measure later on Sunday.

    One by one, European countries said they were closing their airspace, including Germany for three months.

    With airspace curbs over Ukraine, Russian flights now have few route options for westbound journeys.

    Departure boards at Moscow’s Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports showed dozens of cancellations on Sunday, including flights to Paris, Vienna and Kaliningrad.

    Russia’s S7 Airlines said on Facebook it would cancel flights to many of its European destinations until at least 13 March.

    Aeroflot, Russia’s biggest airline, said it would cancel its services to Latvia and Romania until at least 26 March, and its Prague and Warsaw routes until 28 March.

    Meanwhile, Russia has responded with tit-for-tat restrictions on countries banning its flights.

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    28.02.2022
  • Russia Russian airlines face a near-total airspace blockade to the country’s west after an EU official said most European countries are set to impose flight bans.

    A formal decision is expected on the measure later on Sunday.

    One by one, European countries said they were closing their airspace, including Germany for three months.

    With airspace curbs over Ukraine, Russian flights now have few route options for westbound journeys.

    Departure boards at Moscow’s Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports showed dozens of cancellations on Sunday, including flights to Paris, Vienna and Kaliningrad.

    Russia’s S7 Airlines said on Facebook it would cancel flights to many of its European destinations until at least 13 March.

    Aeroflot, Russia’s biggest airline, said it would cancel its services to Latvia and Romania until at least 26 March, and its Prague and Warsaw routes until 28 March.

    Meanwhile, Russia has responded with tit-for-tat restrictions on countries banning its flights.

    Read more
    27.02.2022
  • Russia Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    These restrictions were eased on 16 April 2021 for nationals and permanent residents of certain countries including the UK. They may now travel to Russia by air via authorised 3rd countries. The full list is subject to change and currently includes Albania; Andorra; Argentina; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Belgium; Brazil; Bulgaria; China; Columbia; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Djibouti; Dominican Republic; Egypt; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; India; Iran; Iraq; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxemburg; Maldives; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; North Macedonia; Norway; Oman; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Republic of Ireland; Republic of Korea; Republic of Seychelles; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain, Sri-Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom.
    Starting from 10 December 2021, entry into Russia is not allowed for any passengers arriving from, or having visited during the last fourteen days, Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
    All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the
    Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    *Exemptions to entry restrictions: Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (Only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Foreign passengers arriving in Russia should have a negative PCR test certificate in Russian or English. From 8 December 2021 the Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia. This includes children of all ages. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in, and airlines may require for your COVID-19 (PCR) test to be taken within 48 hours before arrival in Russia (please check with your airline).
    If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 48 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    The above requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. From 8 December 2021, they are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test, with the result being within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: From midnight on Sunday 28 November foreign passengers arriving in Russia from China, Israel and the UK will be required to take an express coronavirus test on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing. Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    For passengers travelling out of Russia, express COVID-19 tests can be carried out at some airports. In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo
    and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid. In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor(only in Russian).
    *Quarantine requirements: From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. From 8 December 2021, they have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn--80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn--p1ai/information/ – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Following widespread reports of military activity in Ukraine, on 24 February the Russian authorities announced restrictions on domestic flights to a number of airports in southern Russia, with disruption to internal flights to and from Moscow and other cities. The restrictions are set to be in place until 2 March 2022. Check the latest information with your airline or travel provider. The Russian aviation authorities have published information about the affected airports (in Russian).
    *Public places and services: Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

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    24.02.2022
  • Russia Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    These restrictions were eased on 16 April 2021 for nationals and permanent residents of certain countries including the UK. They may now travel to Russia by air via authorised 3rd countries. The full list is subject to change and currently includes Albania; Andorra; Argentina; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Belgium; Brazil; Bulgaria; China; Columbia; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Djibouti; Dominican Republic; Egypt; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; India; Iran; Iraq; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxemburg; Maldives; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; North Macedonia; Norway; Oman; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Republic of Ireland; Republic of Korea; Republic of Seychelles; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain, Sri-Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom.
    Starting from 10 December 2021, entry into Russia is not allowed for any passengers arriving from, or having visited during the last fourteen days, Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
    All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the
    Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    *Exemptions to entry restrictions: Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (Only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Foreign passengers arriving in Russia should have a negative PCR test certificate in Russian or English. From 8 December 2021 the Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result dated within 48 hours before arrival in Russia. This includes children of all ages. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in, and airlines may require for your COVID-19 (PCR) test to be taken within 48 hours before arrival in Russia (please check with your airline).
    If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 48 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    The above requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. From 8 December 2021, they are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test, with the result being within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: From midnight on Sunday 28 November foreign passengers arriving in Russia from China, Israel and the UK will be required to take an express coronavirus test on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing. Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    For passengers travelling out of Russia, express COVID-19 tests can be carried out at some airports. In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo
    and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid. In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor(only in Russian).
    *Quarantine requirements: From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. From 8 December 2021, they have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn–80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn–p1ai/information/
    – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

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    14.01.2022
  • Russia Latest News: –

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    These restrictions were eased on 16 April 2021 for nationals and permanent residents of certain countries including the UK. They may now travel to Russia by air via authorised 3rd countries. The full list is subject to change and currently includes Albania; Andorra; Argentina; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Belgium; Brazil; Bulgaria; China; Columbia; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Djibouti; Dominican Republic; Egypt; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; India; Iran; Iraq; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxemburg; Maldives; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; North Macedonia; Norway; Oman; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Republic of Ireland; Republic of Korea; Republic of Seychelles; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain, Sri-Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom.
    Starting from 10 December 2021, entry into Russia is not allowed for any passengers arriving from, or having visited during the last fourteen days, Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
    All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    *Exemptions to entry restrictions: Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (Only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Foreign passengers arriving in Russia should have a negative PCR test certificate in Russian or English. From 8 December 2021, the Russian government requires the test result to be within 48 hours of arrival in Russia. This includes children of all ages.
    If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 48 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    The above requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. From 8 December 2021, they are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test, with the result being within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: From midnight on Sunday 28 November foreign passengers arriving in Russia from China, Israel and the UK will be required to take an express coronavirus test on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing. Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    For passengers travelling out of Russia, express COVID-19 tests can be carried out at some airports. In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports.
    They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid. In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport.
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor (only in Russian).
    *Quarantine requirements: From 8 December 2021 the Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test result dated less than 48 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 48 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. From 8 December 2021, they have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn–80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn–p1ai/information/
    – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

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    10.01.2022
  • Russia Latest News: – Authorities will impose two-week quarantine for travelers from countries with high risk of COVID-19 Omicron variant (Reuters, 30.11.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    These restrictions were eased on 16 April 2021 for nationals and permanent residents of certain countries including the UK. They may now travel to Russia by air via authorised 3rd countries. The full list is subject to change and currently includes Albania; Andorra; Argentina; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Belgium; Brazil; Bulgaria; China; Columbia; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Djibouti; Dominican Republic; Egypt; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; India; Iran; Iraq; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxemburg; Maldives; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; North Macedonia; Norway; Oman; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Republic of Ireland; Republic of Korea; Republic of Seychelles; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain, Sri-Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom.
    Starting from 10 December 2021, entry into Russia is not allowed for any passengers arriving from, or having visited during the last fourteen days, Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
    All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    *Exemptions to entry restrictions: Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (Only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.
    From midnight 28 November foreign nationals who are residing or have stayed in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Eswatini, Tanzania and Hong Kong during the last ten days, are not allowed to enter Russia. No direct flights are currently operating between these countries and Russia.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Foreign passengers arriving in Russia should have a negative PCR test certificate in Russian or English. From 8 December 2021, the Russian government requires the test result to be within 48 hours of arrival in Russia. This includes children of all ages.
    If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 48 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    The above requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. From 8 December 2021, they are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test, with the result being within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.

    *Testing/screening on arrival: From midnight on Sunday 28 November foreign passengers arriving in Russia from China, Israel and the UK will be required to take an express coronavirus test on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing. Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    For passengers travelling out of Russia, express COVID-19 tests can be carried out at some airports. In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid. In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport.
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor (only in Russian).
    *Quarantine requirements: From 8 December 2021 the Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test result dated less than 48 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 48 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period. Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. From 8 December 2021, they have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn–80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn–p1ai/information/
    – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Read more
    16.12.2021
  • Russia Latest News: – Authorities will impose two-week quarantine for travelers from countries with high risk of COVID-19 Omicron variant (Reuters, 30.11.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    These restrictions were eased on 16 April 2021 for nationals and permanent residents of certain countries including the UK. They may now travel to Russia by air via authorised 3rd countries. The full list is subject to change and currently includes Albania; Andorra; Argentina; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Belgium; Brazil; Bulgaria; China; Columbia; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Djibouti; Dominican Republic; Egypt; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; India; Iran; Iraq; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxemburg; Maldives; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; North Macedonia; Norway; Oman; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Republic of Ireland; Republic of Korea; Republic of Seychelles; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain, Sri-Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom.
    *Starting from 10 December 2021, entry into Russia is not allowed for any passengers arriving from, or having visited during the last fourteen days, Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
    All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    *Exemptions to entry restrictions: Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (Only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.
    From midnight 28 November foreign nationals who are residing or have stayed in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Eswatini, Tanzania and Hong Kong during the last ten days, are not allowed to enter Russia. No direct flights are currently operating between these countries and Russia.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Foreign passengers arriving in Russia should have a negative PCR test certificate in Russian or English. From 8 December 2021, the Russian government requires the test result to be within 48 hours of arrival in Russia. This includes children of all ages.
    If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 48 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test. The above requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. From 8 December 2021, they are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test, with the result being within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: From midnight on Sunday 28 November foreign passengers arriving in Russia from China, Israel and the UK will be required to take an express coronavirus test on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing. Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid.
    In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport. A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor (only in Russian).
    *Quarantine requirements: From 8 December 2021 the Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test result dated less than 48 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 48 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period. Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. From 8 December 2021, they have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn–80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn–p1ai/information/
    – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

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    13.12.2021
  • Russia Latest News: – Authorities will impose two-week quarantine for travelers from countries with high risk of COVID-19 Omicron variant (Reuters, 30.11.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    These restrictions were eased on 16 April 2021 for nationals and permanent residents of certain countries including the UK. They may now travel to Russia by air via authorised 3rd countries. The full list is subject to change and currently includes Albania; Andorra; Argentina; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Belgium; Brazil; Bulgaria; China; Columbia; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Djibouti; Dominican Republic; Egypt; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; India; Iran; Iraq; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxemburg; Maldives; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; North Macedonia; Norway; Oman; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Republic of Ireland; Republic of Korea; Republic of Seychelles; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Africa; Spain, Sri-Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Tanzania (suspended until 1 February 2022); Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom.
    All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    *Exemptions to entry restrictions: Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (Only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.
    From midnight 28 November foreign nationals who are residing or have stayed in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Eswatini, Tanzania and Hong Kong during the last ten days, are not allowed to enter Russia. No direct flights are currently operating between these countries and Russia.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Foreign passengers arriving in Russia should have a negative PCR test certificate in Russian or English. From 8 December 2021, the Russian government requires the test result to be within 48 hours of arrival in Russia. This includes children of all ages.
    If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 48 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    The above requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. From 8 December 2021, they are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test, with the result being within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: From midnight on Sunday 28 November foreign passengers arriving in Russia from China, Israel and the UK will be required to take an express coronavirus test on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing.
    Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid.
    In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport.
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor (only in Russian).
    *Quarantine requirements: From 8 December 2021 the Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test result dated less than 48 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 48 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn–80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn–p1ai/information/
    – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

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    08.12.2021
  • Russia Latest News: – Russia to introduce restrictions on travel for foreigners from some African countries as well as Hong Kong (Reuters, 26.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    These restrictions were eased on 16 April 2021 for nationals and permanent residents of certain countries including the UK. They may now travel to Russia by air via authorised 3rd countries. The full list is subject to change and currently includes Albania; Andorra; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bahrain; Belgium; Bulgaria; China; Columbia; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Djibouti; Dominican Republic; Egypt; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; India; Iran; Iraq; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxemburg; Maldives; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; North Macedonia; Norway; Oman; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Republic of Ireland; Republic of Korea; Republic of Seychelles; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Africa; Spain, Sri-Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Tanzania (suspended until 1 December 2021); Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom.
    All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    *Exemptions to entry restrictions: Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (Only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.
    From midnight 28 November foreign nationals who are residing or have stayed in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Eswatini, Tanzania and Hong Kong during the last ten days, are not allowed to enter Russia. No direct flights are currently operating between these countries and Russia.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Foreign passengers arriving in Russia should have a negative PCR test certificate in Russian or English. The test should be taken within 72 hours of the time of arrival in Russia. This includes children of all ages.
    If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 72 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test. The above requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. They are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: From midnight on Sunday 28 November foreign passengers arriving in Russia from China, Israel and the UK will be required to take an express coronavirus test on arrival. No prior arrangements are required. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing.
    Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid.
    In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport.
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor (only in Russian).
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. They have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn–80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn–p1ai/information/
    – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

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    29.11.2021
  • Russia Latest News: – Russia to introduce restrictions on travel for foreigners from some African countries as well as Hong Kong (Reuters, 26.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    These restrictions were eased on 16 April 2021 for nationals and permanent residents of certain countries . They may now travel to Russia by air via authorised 3rd countries. The full list is subject to change and currently includes Albania; Andorra; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bahrain; Belgium; Bulgaria; China; Columbia; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Djibouti; Dominican Republic; Egypt; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; India; Iran; Iraq; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxemburg; Maldives; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; North Macedonia; Norway; Oman; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Republic of Ireland; Republic of Korea; Republic of Seychelles; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Africa; Spain, Sri-Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Tanzania (suspended until 1 December 2021); Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom.
    All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    *Exemptions to entry restrictions: Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (Only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Foreign passengers arriving in Russia should have a negative PCR test certificate in Russian or English. The test should be taken within 72 hours of the time of arrival in Russia. This includes children of all ages.
    If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 72 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    In addition, from midnight Sunday 28 November foreign passengers arriving in Russia will be required to take an express test. Passengers should follow guidance of the Russian authorities upon landing.
    The above requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. They are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.>br>
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid.
    In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport.
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor (only in Russian).
    Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline).
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. They have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn–80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn–p1ai/information/
    – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Read more
    27.11.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russia will lift its COVID-19 ban on flights to countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Mongolia, Costa Rica and Argentina from Dec. 1 (Reuters, 16.11.2021). Several regions plan to impose additional restrictions or extend workplace shutdown because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 02.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    These restrictions were eased on 16 April 2021 for nationals and permanent residents of certain countries including the UK. They may now travel to Russia by air via authorised 3rd countries. The full list is subject to change and currently includes Albania; Andorra; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bahrain; Belgium; Bulgaria; China; Columbia; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Djibouti; Dominican Republic; Egypt; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; India; Iran; Iraq; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxemburg; Maldives; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; North Macedonia; Norway; Oman; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Republic of Ireland; Republic of Korea; Republic of Seychelles; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Africa; Spain, Sri-Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Tanzania (suspended until 1 December 2021); Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom.
    All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    *Exemptions to entry restrictions: Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (Only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Foreign passengers arriving in Russia should have a negative PCR test certificate in Russian or English. The test should be taken within 72 hours of the time of arrival in Russia. This includes children of all ages.
    If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 72 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    The above requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. They are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid.
    In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport.
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor
    (only in Russian).
    Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. They have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn–80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn–p1ai/information/
    – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Read more
    22.11.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russia will lift its COVID-19 ban on flights to countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Mongolia, Costa Rica and Argentina from Dec. 1 (Reuters, 16.11.2021). Several regions plan to impose additional restrictions or extend workplace shutdown because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 02.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    These restrictions were eased on 16 April 2021 for nationals and permanent residents of certain countries including the UK. They may now travel to Russia by air via authorised 3rd countries. The full list is subject to change and currently includes Albania; Andorra; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bahrain; Belgium; Bulgaria; China; Columbia; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Djibouti; Dominican Republic; Egypt; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; India; Iran; Iraq; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxemburg; Maldives; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; North Macedonia; Norway; Oman; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Republic of Ireland; Republic of Korea; Republic of Seychelles; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Africa; Spain, Sri-Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Tanzania (suspended until 1 December 2021); Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom.
    All foreign passengers should complete a travel form prior to arriving in Russia. The forms are usually handed out to passengers by cabin crew on arriving flights. The template is available at the Rospotrebnadzor website (only in Russian).
    *Exemptions to entry restrictions: Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including, but not limited to:
    • residents of Russia
    • family members of foreign nationals, who have residence in Russia
    • those having Russian citizens as their immediate family
    • members of diplomatic missions accredited in Russia,
    • official delegations
    • highly qualified specialists
    • those coming for medical treatment and studies
    • those coming to provide care for gravely ill family members
    • those attending the funerals of family members
    • cabin and locomotive crews
    You should check the Russian Government Order N635 (Only in Russian language) to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. The Order N635 explains the approvals and documentation you will need to have before you commence your journey.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Foreign passengers arriving in Russia should have a negative PCR test certificate in Russian or English. The test should be taken within 72 hours of the time of arrival in Russia. This includes children of all ages.
    If a passenger arrives in Russia without a negative PCR test, they should have the test done within 72 hours from their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test.
    The above requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.
    Additional requirements apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and some CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without COVID-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. This does not apply to transit passengers travelling to Russia through the above countries. They are required to present a certificate for a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before their arrival in Russia and a proof of travel (tickets and/or boarding passes) for the entire route.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Airlines may refuse boarding if their requirements are not met.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: Passengers arriving by air may be temperature-checked and/or randomly selected for additional PCR testing on arrival.
    In Moscow, express COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. They may need to be booked in advance and pre-paid.
    In St Petersburg, express COVID tests can be carried out at Pulkovo airport.
    A list of certified Russian laboratories is available at the official website of the Russian state regulator Rospotrebnadzor
    (only in Russian).
    Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. They have to present the certificate for a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the time of their arrival. The certificate needs to be in English or Russian.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: Due to the rise in COVID numbers, the Russian government is introducing a nationwide non-working week between 27 October and 7 November. Supermarkets and other essential services such as medical facilities will continue to remain open. In some regions theatres and museums will continue to operate, but a QR code will be needed for entrance and masks will be required at all times. Check the latest announcements from local authorities.
    The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the
    Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn–80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn–p1ai/information/ – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

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    18.11.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Several regions plan to impose additional restrictions or extend workplace shutdown because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 02.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list is United Kingdom; Tanzania (suspended until 1 October 2021); Turkey; Switzerland; Egypt; Maldives; United Arab Emirates; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Republic of Korea; Cuba; Serbia; Japan; Republic of Seychelles; Ethiopia; Vietnam; India; Qatar; Finland; Azerbaijan; Armenia; Greece; Singapore; Venezuela; Germany; Syria; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Sri-Lanka; Iceland; Malta; Mexico; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Austria; Hungary; Lebanon; Luxemburg; Mauritius; Morocco; Croatia; Belgium; Bulgaria; Jordan; Republic of Ireland; Italy, Cyprus; China; Lichtenstein; North Macedonia; United States; Albania; the Czech Republic; France; Bahrain; Dominican Republic, Moldova, Iraq, Spain, Kenya, Slovakia.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    Direct flights between Russia and UK restarted on 2 June 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. A full list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests is available online (only in Russian).
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, British Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact the British Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English.
    From July 25, new rules apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without Covid-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. From September 1, use of the app will become mandatory for entry from other CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Exceptions apply to travellers arriving in Russia from third countries through the territories of the Eurasian Economic Union countries in transit or with a short stopover. In these cases, travellers are required to have a certificate with a negative result of the PCR test.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are still required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: Due to the rise in COVID numbers, the Russian government is introducing a nationwide non-working week between 27 October and 7 November. Supermarkets and other essential services such as medical facilities will continue to remain open. In some regions theatres and museums will continue to operate, but a QR code will be needed for entrance and masks will be required at all times. Check the latest announcements from local authorities.
    The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the
    Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn–80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn–p1ai/information/ – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Read more
    02.11.2021
  • Russia Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list is United Kingdom; Tanzania (suspended until 1 October 2021); Turkey; Switzerland; Egypt; Maldives; United Arab Emirates; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Republic of Korea; Cuba; Serbia; Japan; Republic of Seychelles; Ethiopia; Vietnam; India; Qatar; Finland; Azerbaijan; Armenia; Greece; Singapore; Venezuela; Germany; Syria; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Sri-Lanka; Iceland; Malta; Mexico; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Austria; Hungary; Lebanon; Luxemburg; Mauritius; Morocco; Croatia; Belgium; Bulgaria; Jordan; Republic of Ireland; Italy, Cyprus; China; Lichtenstein; North Macedonia; United States; Albania; the Czech Republic; France; Bahrain; Dominican Republic, Moldova, Iraq, Spain, Kenya, Slovakia.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    Direct flights between Russia and UK restarted on 2 June 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. A full list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests is available online (only in Russian).
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, British Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact the British Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English.
    From July 25, new rules apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without Covid-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. From September 1, use of the app will become mandatory for entry from other CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Exceptions apply to travellers arriving in Russia from third countries through the territories of the Eurasian Economic Union countries in transit or with a short stopover. In these cases, travellers are required to have a certificate with a negative result of the PCR test.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are still required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: Due to the rise in COVID numbers, the Russian government is introducing a nationwide non-working week between 27 October and 7 November. Supermarkets and other essential services such as medical facilities will continue to remain open. In some regions theatres and museums will continue to operate, but a QR code will be needed for entrance and masks will be required at all times. Check the latest announcements from local authorities.
    The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.
    Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website.
    For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Read more
    27.10.2021
  • Russia Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list is United Kingdom; Tanzania (suspended until 1 October 2021); Turkey; Switzerland; Egypt; Maldives; United Arab Emirates; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Republic of Korea; Cuba; Serbia; Japan; Republic of Seychelles; Ethiopia; Vietnam; India; Qatar; Finland; Azerbaijan; Armenia; Greece; Singapore; Venezuela; Germany; Syria; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Sri-Lanka; Iceland; Malta; Mexico; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Austria; Hungary; Lebanon; Luxemburg; Mauritius; Morocco; Croatia; Belgium; Bulgaria; Jordan; Republic of Ireland; Italy, Cyprus; China; Lichtenstein; North Macedonia; United States; Albania; the Czech Republic; France; Bahrain; Dominican Republic, Moldova, Iraq, Spain, Kenya, Slovakia.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    Direct flights between Russia and UK restarted on 2 June 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. A full list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests is available online (only in Russian).
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, British Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact the British Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English.
    From July 25, new rules apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without Covid-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. From September 1, use of the app will become mandatory for entry from other CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Exceptions apply to travellers arriving in Russia from third countries through the territories of the Eurasian Economic Union countries in transit or with a short stopover. In these cases, travellers are required to have a certificate with a negative result of the PCR test.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are still required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website
    . For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Read more
    22.10.2021
  • Russia Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list is United Kingdom; Tanzania (suspended until 1 October 2021); Turkey; Switzerland; Egypt; Maldives; United Arab Emirates; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Republic of Korea; Cuba; Serbia; Japan; Republic of Seychelles; Ethiopia; Vietnam; India; Qatar; Finland; Azerbaijan; Armenia; Greece; Singapore; Venezuela; Germany; Syria; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Sri-Lanka; Iceland; Malta; Mexico; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Austria; Hungary; Lebanon; Luxemburg; Mauritius; Morocco; Croatia; Belgium; Bulgaria; Jordan; Republic of Ireland; Italy, Cyprus; China; Lichtenstein; North Macedonia; United States; Albania; the Czech Republic; France; Bahrain; Dominican Republic, Moldova, Iraq, Spain, Kenya, Slovakia.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    Direct flights between Russia and UK restarted on 2 June 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. A full list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests is available online (only in Russian).
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, British Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact the British Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English.
    From July 25, new rules apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without Covid-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. From September 1, use of the app will become mandatory for entry from other CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Exceptions apply to travellers arriving in Russia from third countries through the territories of the Eurasian Economic Union countries in transit or with a short stopover. In these cases, travellers are required to have a certificate with a negative result of the PCR test.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are still required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia:The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on theMayor’s website . For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website .
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Read more
    21.10.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian authorities to allow regular air service with Bahrain, Dominican Republic, Moldova from 9 August; flights to Czech Republic, France will resume from 28 July (TASS, 24.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list is United Kingdom; Tanzania (suspended until 1 October 2021); Turkey; Switzerland; Egypt; Maldives; United Arab Emirates; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Republic of Korea; Cuba; Serbia; Japan; Republic of Seychelles; Ethiopia; Vietnam; India; Qatar; Finland; Azerbaijan; Armenia; Greece; Singapore; Venezuela; Germany; Syria; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Sri-Lanka; Iceland; Malta; Mexico; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Austria; Hungary; Lebanon; Luxemburg; Mauritius; Morocco; Croatia; Belgium; Bulgaria; Jordan; Republic of Ireland; Italy, Cyprus; China; Lichtenstein; North Macedonia; United States; Albania; the Czech Republic; France; Bahrain; Dominican Republic, Moldova, Iraq, Spain, Kenya, Slovakia.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    Direct flights between Russia and UK restarted on 2 June 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. A full list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests is available online (only in Russian).
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, British Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact the British Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English.
    From July 25, new rules apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without Covid-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. From September 1, use of the app will become mandatory for entry from other CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Exceptions apply to travellers arriving in Russia from third countries through the territories of the Eurasian Economic Union countries in transit or with a short stopover. In these cases, travellers are required to have a certificate with a negative result of the PCR test.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are still required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on theMayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website .
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Read more
    27.09.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian authorities to allow regular air service with Bahrain, Dominican Republic, Moldova from 9 August; flights to Czech Republic, France will resume from 28 July (TASS, 24.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list is United Kingdom; Tanzania (suspended until 2 September 2021); Turkey; Switzerland; Egypt; Maldives; United Arab Emirates; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Republic of Korea; Cuba; Serbia; Japan; Republic of Seychelles; Ethiopia; Vietnam; India; Qatar; Finland; Azerbaijan; Armenia; Greece; Singapore; Venezuela; Germany; Syria; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Sri-Lanka; Iceland; Malta; Mexico; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Austria; Hungary; Lebanon; Luxemburg; Mauritius; Morocco; Croatia; Belgium; Bulgaria; Jordan; Republic of Ireland; Italy, Cyprus; China; Lichtenstein; North Macedonia; United States; Albania; the Czech Republic; France; Bahrain; Dominican Republic, Moldova.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    Direct flights between Russia and UK restarted on 2 June 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. A full list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests is available online (only in Russian).
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, Foreign Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then you can contact your Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English.
    From July 25, new rules apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without Covid-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. From September 1, use of the app will become mandatory for entry from other CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Exceptions apply to travellers arriving in Russia from third countries through the territories of the Eurasian Economic Union countries in transit or with a short stopover. In these cases, travellers are required to have a certificate with a negative result of the PCR test.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
    Passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are still required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on theMayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website .
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Read more
    07.09.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian authorities to allow regular air service with Bahrain, Dominican Republic, Moldova from 9 August; flights to Czech Republic, France will resume from 28 July (TASS, 24.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list is United Kingdom; Tanzania (suspended until 2 September 2021); Turkey; Switzerland; Egypt; Maldives; United Arab Emirates; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Republic of Korea; Cuba; Serbia; Japan; Republic of Seychelles; Ethiopia; Vietnam; India; Qatar; Finland; Azerbaijan; Armenia; Greece; Singapore; Venezuela; Germany; Syria; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Sri-Lanka; Iceland; Malta; Mexico; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Austria; Hungary; Lebanon; Luxemburg; Mauritius; Morocco; Croatia; Belgium; Bulgaria; Jordan; Republic of Ireland; Italy, Cyprus; China; Lichtenstein; North Macedonia; United States; Albania; the Czech Republic; France; Bahrain; Dominican Republic, Moldova.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    Direct flights between the Russia and UK restarted on 2 June 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. A full
    list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests is available online (only in Russian).
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, Foreign Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact the British Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English, so if necessary, please refer to the list of local translators and interpreters and lawyers .
    From July 25, new rules apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without Covid-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. From September 1, use of the app will become mandatory for entry from other CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Exceptions apply to travellers arriving in Russia from third countries through the territories of the Eurasian Economic Union countries in transit or with a short stopover. In these cases, travellers are required to have a certificate with a negative result of the PCR test.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    From 4 September 2021 the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on theMayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website .
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Read more
    03.09.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian authorities to allow regular air service with Bahrain, Dominican Republic, Moldova from 9 August; flights to Czech Republic, France will resume from 28 July (TASS, 24.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list is United Kingdom; Tanzania (suspended until 2 September 2021); Turkey; Switzerland; Egypt; Maldives; United Arab Emirates; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Republic of Korea; Cuba; Serbia; Japan; Republic of Seychelles; Ethiopia; Vietnam; India; Qatar; Finland; Azerbaijan; Armenia; Greece; Singapore; Venezuela; Germany; Syria; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Sri-Lanka; Iceland; Malta; Mexico; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Austria; Hungary; Lebanon; Luxemburg; Mauritius; Morocco; Croatia; Belgium; Bulgaria; Jordan; Republic of Ireland; Italy, Cyprus; China; Lichtenstein; North Macedonia; United States; Albania; the Czech Republic; France; Bahrain; Dominican Republic, Moldova.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    Direct flights between Russia and UK restarted on 2 June 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. A full list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests is available online (only in Russian).
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, British Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact your Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English, so if necessary, please refer to the list of local translators and interpreters and lawyers.
    From July 25, new rules apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without Covid-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. From September 1, use of the app will become mandatory for entry from other CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Exceptions apply to travellers arriving in Russia from third countries through the territories of the Eurasian Economic Union countries in transit or with a short stopover. In these cases, travellers are required to have a certificate with a negative result of the PCR test.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.
    You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website .
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

    Read more
    16.08.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian authorities to allow regular air service with Bahrain, Dominican Republic, Moldova from 9 August; flights to Czech Republic, France will resume from 28 July (TASS, 24.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list is United Kingdom; Tanzania (suspended until 17 August 2021); Turkey; Switzerland; Egypt; Maldives; United Arab Emirates; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Republic of Korea; Cuba; Serbia; Japan; Republic of Seychelles; Ethiopia; Vietnam; India; Qatar; Finland; Azerbaijan; Armenia; Greece; Singapore; Venezuela; Germany; Syria; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Sri-Lanka; Iceland; Malta; Mexico; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Austria; Hungary; Lebanon; Luxemburg; Mauritius; Morocco; Croatia; Belgium; Bulgaria; Jordan; Republic of Ireland; Italy, Cyprus; China; Lichtenstein; North Macedonia; United States; Albania; the Czech Republic; France; Bahrain; Dominican Republic, Moldova.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey. In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. A full list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests
    is available online (only in Russian).
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, British Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact the British Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English, so if necessary, please refer to the list of local translators and interpreters and lawyers.
    From July 25, new rules apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without Covid-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. From September 1, use of the app will become mandatory for entry from other CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Exceptions apply to travellers arriving in Russia from third countries through the territories of the Eurasian Economic Union countries in transit or with a short stopover. In these cases, travellers are required to have a certificate with a negative result of the PCR test.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.
    You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website .
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

    Read more
    13.08.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian authorities to allow regular air service with Bahrain, Dominican Republic, Moldova from 9 August; flights to Czech Republic, France will resume from 28 July (TASS, 24.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list is United Kingdom; Tanzania (suspended until 17 August 2021); Turkey; Switzerland; Egypt; Maldives; United Arab Emirates; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Republic of Korea; Cuba; Serbia; Japan; Republic of Seychelles; Ethiopia; Vietnam; India; Qatar; Finland; Azerbaijan; Armenia; Greece; Singapore; Venezuela; Germany; Syria; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Sri-Lanka; Iceland; Malta; Mexico; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Austria; Hungary; Lebanon; Luxemburg; Mauritius; Morocco; Croatia; Belgium; Bulgaria; Jordan; Republic of Ireland; Italy, Cyprus; China; Lichtenstein; North Macedonia; United States; Albania; the Czech Republic; France.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    Direct flights between the UK and Russia restarted on 2 June 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. A full list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests is available online (only in Russian).
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, British Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact the British Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English, so if necessary, please refer to the list of local translators and interpreters
    and lawyers .
    From July 25, new rules apply to foreigners who enter Russia from the Eurasian Economic Union countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) by air. Passengers arriving from these countries are required to receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test via the “Travelling without Covid-19” app and present the test result on the smartphone upon arrival. From September 1, use of the app will become mandatory for entry from other CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Exceptions apply to travellers arriving in Russia from third countries through the territories of the Eurasian Economic Union countries in transit or with a short stopover. In these cases, travellers are required to have a certificate with a negative result of the PCR test.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.
    You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website .
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

    Read more
    04.08.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Azerbaijan, Russia: Flights between Baku, Omsk will resume from 05JUL21 (Azer News, 28.06.2021). Russia also resumes flights to, from Bulgaria, Jordan, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, North Macedonia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Greece, Qatar, Serbia, Finland, Croatia, Switzerland from 28 June, extends restrictions with Tanzania (Market Screener, 19.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list is United Kingdom; Tanzania (suspended until 19 July 2021); Turkey; Switzerland; Egypt; Maldives; United Arab Emirates; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Republic of Korea; Cuba; Serbia; Japan; Republic of Seychelles; Ethiopia; Vietnam; India; Qatar; Finland; Azerbaijan; Armenia; Greece; Singapore; Venezuela; Germany; Syria; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Sri-Lanka; Iceland; Malta; Mexico; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Austria; Hungary; Lebanon; Luxemburg; Mauritius; Morocco; Croatia.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey. Direct flights between the UK and Russia restarted on 2 June 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information. You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. A full list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests
    is available online (only in Russian).
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, British Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact the British Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English, so if necessary, please refer to the list of local translators and interpreters and lawyers.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.
    You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website .
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

    Read more
    02.07.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Azerbaijan, Russia: Flights between Baku, Omsk will resume from 05JUL21 (Azer News, 28.06.2021). Russia also resumes flights to, from Bulgaria, Jordan, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, North Macedonia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Greece, Qatar, Serbia, Finland, Croatia, Switzerland from 28 June, extends restrictions with Tanzania (Market Screener, 19.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list is United Kingdom; Tanzania (suspended until 19 July 2021); Turkey; Switzerland; Egypt; Maldives; United Arab Emirates; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Republic of Korea; Cuba; Serbia; Japan; Republic of Seychelles; Ethiopia; Vietnam; India; Qatar; Finland; Azerbaijan; Armenia; Greece; Singapore; Venezuela; Germany; Syria; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Sri-Lanka; Iceland; Malta; Mexico; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Austria; Hungary; Lebanon; Luxemburg; Mauritius; Morocco; Croatia.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey. Direct flights between the UK and Russia restarted on 2 June 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information. You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. A full list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests
    is available online (only in Russian).
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, British Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact the British Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English, so if necessary, please refer to the list of local translators and interpreters and lawyers.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.
    You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website .
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

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    29.06.2021
  • Russia 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter. – This does not apply to: – nationals of the Russian Fed. and their family members; – permanent residents of the Russian Fed.; – British
    nationals and nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Qatar,
    Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam if arriving on a direct flight
    from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles,
    Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Vietnam; – residents of Armenia, Azerbaijan,
    Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka,
    Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam if arriving on a direct flight from Armenia, Azerbaijan,
    Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka,
    Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Vietnam; – students with a written approval issued by their
    university. The approval must have been submitted to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Fed. by the university; – until 2 July 2021: – passengers traveling with an UEFA
    2021 FAN ID card issued on paper or electronically; – passengers with a “Local Organization Structure UEFA Euro 2021 (LOS)” confirmation letter.

    2. Passengers entering or transiting the Russian Fed. must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 3 days before arrival. The test result must be in
    English or Russian. A notarized translation to Russian is accepted. – This does not apply to: – nationals of the Russian Fed.; – nationals of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and
    Kyrgyzstan arriving on a direct flight from Armenia, Belarus or Kyrgyzstan.

    3. Nationals of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan arriving on a direct flight from Armenia, Belarus or Kyrgyzstan must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at
    most 3 days before arrival. The test result must have a green QR code obtained in the app ‘Traveling without COVID-19’.

    4. Until 21 June 2021, flights from Tanzania to the Russian Fed. are suspended.

    5. Passengers arriving from the United Kingdom are subject to self-isolation for 14 days.

    6. Passengers must complete an “Application Form” and present it upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://www.rospotrebnadzor.ru/upload/?�?????�???????�?�?�%20RUS.docx

    7. Suspension of e-visa issuance.

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    18.06.2021
  • Russia Russia’s S7 Airlines (AVSII.MM) on Tuesday joined Aeroflot (AFLT.MM) in its decision to cancel flights to Turkey this summer as they await a government decision to lift flight restrictions introduced over COVID-19.

    Turkey is a destination for millions of Russian tourists each year, and Moscow’s decision to halt flights until June 1 because of a growing number of COVID-19 cases there has dealt a blow to the Turkish tourism industry.

    But uncertainty over whether the government will extend the period prompted the airlines’ decision to suspend flights beyond June 1.

    “We have stopped sales and cancelled all flights to Turkey for June, with the exception of two flights per week permitted by the (coronavirus) taskforce so as not to inconvenience passengers due to possible cancellations,” Aeroflot said in a statement on Monday.

    A day later, S7 Airlines said it had cancelled all flights to Turkey until the end of the summer because of uncertainty surrounding its ability to fly there.

    “We will be ready to resume sales as soon as the epidemiological situation stabilises and flights resume,” S7 said.

    An airline industry source told Reuters that Russia had decided to extend the ban on flights to Turkey until June 30, but the government coronavirus taskforce said it could not confirm that such a decision had been made.

    A separate source told Reuters that Moscow had yet to decide on resuming flights to Turkey, where nearly 500,000 Russians travelled in the first quarter of the year, according to Russia’s Association of Tour Operators.

    Moscow’s decision to halt flights has rattled the Turkish tourism industry, which relies heavily on a steady influx of Russian tourists.

    “There is no other market to replace the Russians,” said Cem Polatoglu, general manager at Istanbul-based Andiamo Tour. “The decision (to halt flights) seriously affects sales in the July-August peak season.”

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s top adviser Ibrahim Kalin and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy were in Russia on Monday to discuss issues including tourism and vaccine shipments, state-owned Anadolu agency reported.

    “We reached an agreement for the Russian vaccine to come to Turkey as soon as possible as well as steps to be taken for the tourism season, the starting of flights and speeding up the process,” Kalin said.

    Source: Reuters

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    24.05.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian authorities restrict flights to, from Tanzania and Turkey from 15 April to 1 June because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 12.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list is United Kingdom (direct flights suspended until 1 June 2021); Tanzania (suspended until 1 June 2021); Turkey (suspended until 1 June 2021); Switzerland; Egypt; Maldives; United Arab Emirates; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Republic of Korea; Cuba; Serbia; Japan; Republic of Seychelles; Ethiopia; Vietnam; India; Qatar; Finland; Azerbaijan; Armenia; Greece; Singapore; Venezuela; Germany; Syria; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Sri-Lanka.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    On 21 December 2020 the Russian government announced the suspension of direct flights between the UK and Russia. On 15 April 2021 the Russian authorities announced that the suspension would be in force until 1 June 2021 inclusive. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. A full list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests is available online (only in Russian).
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, British Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact the British Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English, so if necessary, please refer to the list of local translators and interpreters and lawyers.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.
    You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website.
    *Travel in Russia: For information on entering Russia, see Entry requirements. The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

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    29.04.2021
  • Russia “Those arriving in Russia after May 1 from foreign countries must undergo repeated laboratory testing for coronavirus by PCR within five calendar days from the date of entry into the Russian Federation with the provision of information on the results of laboratory research on the portal of state services. The interval between the first and second analysis must be at least one day, ”the document says.

    According to the decree, selective testing of foreign citizens and stateless persons arriving from abroad will also be conducted at Russian airports.

    Earlier, the department obliged Russians arriving before May 1 from Turkey and Tanzania to undergo re-testing for COVID-19 within 5 days from the date of entry into the territory of the Russian Federation.

    Currently, all citizens of the Russian Federation arriving in Russia by any type of transport must undergo a laboratory test for COVID-19 using the PCR method within three days and post information about the test result on the Unified Portal of Public Services.

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    26.04.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian authorities restrict flights to, from Tanzania and Turkey from 15 April to 1 June because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 12.04.2021). Flights between Moscow and Varadero (Cuba) will restart on April 1 (Oncuba, 30.03.2021). Russia will resume commercial flights to Germany, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela from 1 April (Reuters, 25.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. Further guidance was issued on Friday 16 April to nationals of various countries including the UK, that they could now travel to Russia via a 3rd country as long as that country featured in the published list. The full list can be found here: https://www.ey.com/en_ru/tax/tax-alert/2021/04/ey-restrictions-on-entering-the-russian-federation-are-lifted-for-citizens-of-certain-countries-21-april-2021-pas-eng.
    You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    On 21 December 2020 the Russian government announced the suspension of direct flights between the UK and Russia. On 15 April 2021 the Russian authorities announced that the suspension would be in force until 1 June 2021 inclusive. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics.
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, British Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact the British Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English, so if necessary, please refer to the list of local translators and interpreters and lawyers.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.
    You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: For information on entering Russia, see Entry requirements. The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.

    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website.

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    23.04.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian authorities restrict flights to, from Tanzania and Turkey from 15 April to 1 June because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 12.04.2021). Flights between Moscow and Varadero (Cuba) will restart on April 1 (Oncuba, 30.03.2021). Russia will resume commercial flights to Germany, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela from 1 April (Reuters, 25.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    On 21 December 2020 the Russian government announced the suspension of direct flights between the UK and Russia. On 15 April 2021 the Russian authorities announced that the suspension would be in force until 1 June 2021 inclusive. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    UK nationals are currently unable to enter from a country other than the UK, unless they have documented proof of their citizenship of the country of their departure or permanent residence in the country of their departure and the Russian government has cleared the country for regular travel. Holders of diplomatic and other special visas are exempt from this requirement.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics.
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    As the grace period has now passed, British Nationals who entered on visas need to ensure that they have not overstayed. If the overstay is no more than 72 hours on a business or tourist visa then please contact the British Embassy Consular section. If over 72 hours, you will need to approach your local migration office for further information as soon as possible. It should be noted that the local authorities do not always speak English, so if necessary, please refer to the list of local translators and interpreters
    and lawyers.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.
    You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test.
    You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: For information on entering Russia, see Entry requirements. The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website.
    Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.

    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website.

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    16.04.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Flights between Moscow and Varadero (Cuba) will restart on April 1 (Oncuba, 30.03.2021). Russia will resume commercial flights to Germany, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela from 1 April (Reuters, 25.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified. Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey. Some nationalities are currently unable to enter from a country other than their own, or hold permanent residence in the country of their departure and the Russian government has cleared the country for regular travel. Holders of diplomatic and other special visas are exempt from this requirement.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met. In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline).
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.
    You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website.

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    01.04.2021
  • Russia Since April 1, Russia will resume air communication with Germany, Venezuela, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka on a reciprocal basis, Interfax reports, citing the federal operational headquarters to combat the spread of coronavirus.

    In agreement with the aviation authorities of Germany, air traffic with this country on the Frankfurt-am-Main-Moscow-Frankfurt-am-Main route will be carried out five times a week, three times a week aircraft will fly along the route: Frankfurt am Main-St. Petersburg-Frankfurt am Main. Five flights a week will be operated on the Moscow-Berlin-Moscow route, three times a week on the Moscow-Frankfurt-am-Main-Moscow route.

    The headquarters said that flights with Venezuela (Moscow-Caracas) will be carried out twice a week, with Syria (Moscow-Damascus) – once a week.

    Once a week, the planes will fly to Tajikistan (Moscow-Dushanbe), Uzbekistan (Moscow-Tashkent) and Sri Lanka (Moscow-Colombo).

    Meduza.io

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    25.03.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian government extends ban on flights to, from U.K. until 16 March (Reuters, 16.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    On 21 December 2020 the Russian government announced the suspension of direct flights between the UK and Russia. On 16 March 2021 the Russian authorities announced that the suspension would be in force until 11:59pm on 16 April 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    UK nationals are currently unable to enter from a country other than the UK, unless they have documented proof of their citizenship of the country of their departure or permanent residence in the country of their departure and the Russian government has cleared the country for regular travel. Holders of diplomatic and other special visas are exempt from this requirement.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics.
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    During the grace period, foreigners will not have to renew documents on temporary stay in Russia, including visa extensions, registration deadlines at the place of stay, temporary and permanent residence, including the extension of a residence permit. Besides, during the period of March 15 — December 15, 2020, no decisions will be made regarding deportation, repatriation or handover to another country of foreigners and stateless persons.
    Also, relevant governmental agencies will make no decisions on reducing the period of temporary stay in Russia and stripping a person of the refugee status, as well as on revoking previously issued visas, work permissions, patents and residence permits. Foreigners and stateless persons who are being released from prisons, violate border regulations or pose a threat to Russia’s national security or public order or participate in non-sanctioned mass protests/demonstrations/street marches are not covered by this provision.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.
    You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website.

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    16.03.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian government extends ban on flights to, from U.K. until 16 March (Reuters, 16.02.2021). Russia will resume and increase rail and air connections with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyz Republic (RFE, 03.02.2021). Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February (Reuters, 28.01.2021). Russia to allow air travel with Finland, Vietnam, India, Qatar from 27 January following COVID-19-related suspension (Reuters, 16.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    On 21 December 2020 the Russian government announced the suspension of direct flights between the UK and Russia. On 16 February 2021 the Russian authorities announced that the suspension would be in force until 11:59pm on 16 March 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    UK nationals are currently unable to enter from a country other than the UK, unless they have documented proof of their citizenship of the country of their departure or permanent residence in the country of their departure and the Russian government has cleared the country for regular travel. Holders of diplomatic and other special visas are exempt from this requirement.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met. In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics.
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    During the grace period, foreigners will not have to renew documents on temporary stay in Russia, including visa extensions, registration deadlines at the place of stay, temporary and permanent residence, including the extension of a residence permit. Besides, during the period of March 15 — December 15, 2020, no decisions will be made regarding deportation, repatriation or handover to another country of foreigners and stateless persons.
    Also, relevant governmental agencies will make no decisions on reducing the period of temporary stay in Russia and stripping a person of the refugee status, as well as on revoking previously issued visas, work permissions, patents and residence permits. Foreigners and stateless persons who are being released from prisons, violate border regulations or pose a threat to Russia’s national security or public order or participate in non-sanctioned mass protests/demonstrations/street marches are not covered by this provision.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website.

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    22.02.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian government extends ban on flights to, from U.K. until 16 March (Reuters, 16.02.2021). Russia will resume and increase rail and air connections with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyz Republic (RFE, 03.02.2021). Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February (Reuters, 28.01.2021). Russia to allow air travel with Finland, Vietnam, India, Qatar from 27 January following COVID-19-related suspension (Reuters, 16.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    On 21 December 2020 the Russian government announced the suspension of direct flights between the UK and Russia. On 16 February 2021 the Russian authorities announced that the suspension would be in force until 11:59pm on 16 March 2021. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    UK nationals are currently unable to enter from a country other than the UK, unless they have documented proof of their citizenship of the country of their departure or permanent residence in the country of their departure and the Russian government has cleared the country for regular travel. Holders of diplomatic and other special visas are exempt from this requirement.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met. In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics.
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    During the grace period, foreigners will not have to renew documents on temporary stay in Russia, including visa extensions, registration deadlines at the place of stay, temporary and permanent residence, including the extension of a residence permit. Besides, during the period of March 15 — December 15, 2020, no decisions will be made regarding deportation, repatriation or handover to another country of foreigners and stateless persons.
    Also, relevant governmental agencies will make no decisions on reducing the period of temporary stay in Russia and stripping a person of the refugee status, as well as on revoking previously issued visas, work permissions, patents and residence permits. Foreigners and stateless persons who are being released from prisons, violate border regulations or pose a threat to Russia’s national security or public order or participate in non-sanctioned mass protests/demonstrations/street marches are not covered by this provision.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). You should arrange to take a private test.
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Due to significantly deteriorating situation with COVID-19, St Petersburg City Government has now asked tourists to refrain from visiting the city for Christmas and New Year holidays and introduced further restrictions in regard to social and cultural events with public participation. The details are available on St Petersburg City Government’s website.
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on theMayor’s website. Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

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    16.02.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian authorities extend ban on flights to, from U.K. until 17 February (Reuters, 01.02.2021). Flights to, from Greece and Singapore to resume 8 February (Reuters, 28.01.2021).Russia to allow air travel with Finland, Vietnam, India, Qatar from 27 January following COVID-19-related suspension (Reuters, 16.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified. Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey. On 21 December 2020 the Russian government announced the suspension of direct flights between the UK and Russia. On 1 February 2021 the Russian authorities announced that the suspension would be in force until 11:59pm on 16 February 2021.Check with your travel company for the latest information. UK nationals are currently unable to enter from a country other than the UK, unless they have documented proof of their citizenship of the country of their departure or permanent residence in the country of their departure and the Russian government has cleared the country for regular travel. Holders of diplomatic and other special visas are exempt from this requirement. You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met. In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021. During the grace period, foreigners will not have to renew documents on temporary stay in Russia, including visa extensions, registration deadlines at the place of stay, temporary and permanent residence, including the extension of a residence permit. Besides, during the period of March 15 — December 15, 2020, no decisions will be made regarding deportation, repatriation or handover to another country of foreigners and stateless persons. Also, relevant governmental agencies will make no decisions on reducing the period of temporary stay in Russia and stripping a person of the refugee status, as well as on revoking previously issued visas, work permissions, patents and residence permits. Foreigners and stateless persons who are being released from prisons, violate border regulations or pose a threat to Russia’s national security or public order or participate in non-sanctioned mass protests/demonstrations/street marches are not covered by this provision.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 72 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline. On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Due to significantly deteriorating situation with COVID-19, St Petersburg City Government has now asked tourists to refrain from visiting the city for Christmas and New Year holidays and introduced further restrictions in regard to social and cultural events with public participation. The details are available on St Petersburg City Government’s website.
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on theMayor’s website. Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

    Read more
    02.02.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russia to allow air travel with Finland, Vietnam, India, Qatar from 27 January following COVID-19-related suspension (Reuters, 16.01.2021). Russian authorities extend ban on flights to and from U.K. until 1 February because of new COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 12.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    On 21 December 2020 the Russian government announced the suspension of flights between the UK and Russia. On 12 January 2020 the Russian authorities announced that the suspension would be in force until 11:59pm on February 1 2021.
    UK nationals are currently unable to enter from a country other than the UK, unless they have documented proof of their citizenship of the country of their departure or permanent residence in the country of their departure and the Russian government has cleared the country for regular travel. Holders of diplomatic and other special visas are exempt from this requirement.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics.
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    During the grace period, foreigners will not have to renew documents on temporary stay in Russia, including visa extensions, registration deadlines at the place of stay, temporary and permanent residence, including the extension of a residence permit. Besides, during the period of March 15 — December 15, 2020, no decisions will be made regarding deportation, repatriation or handover to another country of foreigners and stateless persons.
    Also, relevant governmental agencies will make no decisions on reducing the period of temporary stay in Russia and stripping a person of the refugee status, as well as on revoking previously issued visas, work permissions, patents and residence permits. Foreigners and stateless persons who are being released from prisons, violate border regulations or pose a threat to Russia’s national security or public order or participate in non-sanctioned mass protests/demonstrations/street marches are not covered by this provision.
    *Testing / screening on arrival:
    Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 7
    2 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Due to significantly deteriorating situation with COVID-19, St Petersburg City Government has now asked tourists to refrain from visiting the city for Christmas and New Year holidays and introduced further restrictions in regard to social and cultural events with public participation. The details are available on St Petersburg City Government’s website.

    Read more
    26.01.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russia to allow air travel with Finland, Vietnam, India, Qatar from 27 January following COVID-19-related suspension (Reuters, 16.01.2021). Russian authorities extend ban on flights to and from U.K. until 1 February because of new COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 12.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    On 21 December 2020 the Russian government announced the suspension of flights between the UK and Russia. On 12 January 2020 the Russian authorities announced that the suspension would be in force until 11:59pm on February 1 2021.
    UK nationals are currently unable to enter from a country other than the UK, unless they have documented proof of their citizenship of the country of their departure or permanent residence in the country of their departure and the Russian government has cleared the country for regular travel. Holders of diplomatic and other special visas are exempt from this requirement.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics.
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    During the grace period, foreigners will not have to renew documents on temporary stay in Russia, including visa extensions, registration deadlines at the place of stay, temporary and permanent residence, including the extension of a residence permit. Besides, during the period of March 15 — December 15, 2020, no decisions will be made regarding deportation, repatriation or handover to another country of foreigners and stateless persons.
    Also, relevant governmental agencies will make no decisions on reducing the period of temporary stay in Russia and stripping a person of the refugee status, as well as on revoking previously issued visas, work permissions, patents and residence permits. Foreigners and stateless persons who are being released from prisons, violate border regulations or pose a threat to Russia’s national security or public order or participate in non-sanctioned mass protests/demonstrations/street marches are not covered by this provision.
    *Testing / screening on arrival:
    Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 7
    2 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Due to significantly deteriorating situation with COVID-19, St Petersburg City Government has now asked tourists to refrain from visiting the city for Christmas and New Year holidays and introduced further restrictions in regard to social and cultural events with public participation. The details are available on St Petersburg City Government’s website.
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

    Read more
    22.01.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian authorities extend ban on flights to and from U.K. until 1 February because of new COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 12.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified.
    Certain groups may be exempt from these restrictions, including people who are resident in Russia, those whose close family members are Russian citizens, members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. You should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance to see if you qualify and consult your airline before travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance also includes detailed guidance on the approvals and documentation you will need to have in place before you commence your journey.
    On 21 December 2020 the Russian government announced the suspension of flights between the UK and Russia. On 12 January 2020 the Russian authorities announced that the suspension would be in force until 11:59pm on February 1 2021.
    UK nationals are currently unable to enter from a country other than the UK, unless they have documented proof of their citizenship of the country of their departure or permanent residence in the country of their departure and the Russian government has cleared the country for regular travel. Holders of diplomatic and other special visas are exempt from this requirement.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics.
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    During the grace period, foreigners will not have to renew documents on temporary stay in Russia, including visa extensions, registration deadlines at the place of stay, temporary and permanent residence, including the extension of a residence permit. Besides, during the period of March 15 — December 15, 2020, no decisions will be made regarding deportation, repatriation or handover to another country of foreigners and stateless persons.
    Also, relevant governmental agencies will make no decisions on reducing the period of temporary stay in Russia and stripping a person of the refugee status, as well as on revoking previously issued visas, work permissions, patents and residence permits. Foreigners and stateless persons who are being released from prisons, violate border regulations or pose a threat to Russia’s national security or public order or participate in non-sanctioned mass protests/demonstrations/street marches are not covered by this provision.
    *Testing / screening on arrival:
    Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arriving passengers to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in and some airlines require the certificate to be no more than 7
    2 hours before arrival in your destination (please check with your airline). On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Due to significantly deteriorating situation with COVID-19, St Petersburg City Government has now asked tourists to refrain from visiting the city for Christmas and New Year holidays and introduced further restrictions in regard to social and cultural events with public participation. The details are available on St Petersburg City Government’s website.
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

    Read more
    15.01.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian authorities extend ban on flights to and from U.K. until 1 February because of new COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 12.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified. The restrictions do not apply to certain groups, including members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists. If you think you qualify under this group, you should speak to your employer. On 21 December 2020 the Russian government announced the suspension of flights between the UK and Russia. On 12 January 2020 the Russian authorities announced that the suspension would be in force until 11:59pm on February 1 2021. UK nationals are currently unable to enter from a country other than the UK, unless they have documented proof of their citizenship of the country of their departure or permanent residence in the country of their departure and the Russian government has cleared the country for regular travel. Holders of diplomatic and other special visas are exempt from this requirement. You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met. In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics. On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, including the UK, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021. During the grace period, foreigners will not have to renew documents on temporary stay in Russia, including visa extensions, registration deadlines at the place of stay, temporary and permanent residence, including the extension of a residence permit. Besides, during the period of March 15 — December 15, 2020, no decisions will be made regarding deportation, repatriation or handover to another country of foreigners and stateless persons. Also, relevant governmental agencies will make no decisions on reducing the period of temporary stay in Russia and stripping a person of the refugee status, as well as on revoking previously issued visas, work permissions, patents and residence permits. Foreigners and stateless persons who are being released from prisons, violate border regulations or pose a threat to Russia’s national security or public order or participate in non-sanctioned mass protests/demonstrations/street marches are not covered by this provision.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arrivals to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in (please check with your airline). On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia. You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Due to significantly deteriorating situation with COVID-19, St Petersburg City Government has now asked tourists to refrain from visiting the city for Christmas and New Year holidays and introduced further restrictions in regard to social and cultural events with public participation. The details are available on St Petersburg City Government’s website.
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

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    12.01.2021
  • Russia Latest News: Russian authorities keep flights to, from U.K. suspended until 12 January 2021 (Reuters , 28.12.2020). Russian authorities allow limited flights to Germany (Republic World, 26.12.2020). Russian government introduces two-week mandatory quarantine for U.K. arrivals (Reuters, 25.12.2020). Flights between UK and Russian Federation are suspended for one week starting from 22 December (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Russia resumes flights to Ethiopia, Seychelles, increases flights to Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Cuba, Maldives (Urdu Point, 14.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    8Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified. The restrictions do not apply to certain groups, including members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists.
    On 21 December 2020 the Russian government announced the suspension of flights between the UK and Russia from 00:00 on 22 December 2020, for a period of one week. On 28 December 2020 the Russian authorities announced that the suspension would be extended until 23:59 on January 12 2021.
    UK nationals are currently unable to enter from a country other than the UK, unless they have documented proof of their citizenship of the country of their departure or permanent residence in the country of their departure and the Russian government has cleared the country for regular travel. Holders of diplomatic and other special visas are exempt from this requirement.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics.
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    During the grace period, foreigners will not have to renew documents on temporary stay in Russia, including visa extensions, registration deadlines at the place of stay, temporary and permanent residence, including the extension of a residence permit. Besides, during the period of March 15 — December 15, 2020, no decisions will be made regarding deportation, repatriation or handover to another country of foreigners and stateless persons.
    Also, relevant governmental agencies will make no decisions on reducing the period of temporary stay in Russia and stripping a person of the refugee status, as well as on revoking previously issued visas, work permissions, patents and residence permits. Foreigners and stateless persons who are being released from prisons, violate border regulations or pose a threat to Russia’s national security or public order or participate in non-sanctioned mass protests/demonstrations/street marches are not covered by this provision.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arrivals to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in (please check with your airline).
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.
    You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Due to significantly deteriorating situation with COVID-19, St Petersburg City Government has now asked tourists to refrain from visiting the city for Christmas and New Year holidays and introduced further restrictions in regard to social and cultural events with public participation. The details are available on St Petersburg City Government’s website.
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

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    28.12.2020
  • Russia Latest News: Flights between UK and Russian Federation are suspended for one week starting from 22 December (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Russia resumes flights to Ethiopia, Seychelles, increases flights to Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Cuba, Maldives (Urdu Point, 14.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    8Entry to Russia: On 18 March 2020 the Russian government introduced restrictions on entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens. On 30 March, temporary restrictions on entry and exit via Russia’s land borders were enforced. The duration of these remains unspecified. The restrictions do not apply to certain groups, including members of diplomatic missions and highly qualified specialists.
    On 21 December 2020 the Russian government announced the suspension of flights between the UK and Russia from 00:00 on 22 December 2020, for a period of one week.
    UK nationals are currently unable to enter from a country other than the UK, unless they have documented proof of their citizenship of the country of their departure or permanent residence in the country of their departure and the Russian government has cleared the country for regular travel. Holders of diplomatic and other special visas are exempt from this requirement.
    You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements airlines have in place in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.
    In Moscow, express PCR COVID-19 tests are available in Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports as well as in a number of state and private clinics.
    On 15 December the Russian President extended the temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The grace period for Russian visas which have expired or will expire between 15 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 was extended until 15 June 2021. However, for nationals or permanent residence holders of those countries with which Russia had regular travel links on 15 December, the grace period was only extended for 90 days, until 14 March 2021.
    During the grace period, foreigners will not have to renew documents on temporary stay in Russia, including visa extensions, registration deadlines at the place of stay, temporary and permanent residence, including the extension of a residence permit. Besides, during the period of March 15 — December 15, 2020, no decisions will be made regarding deportation, repatriation or handover to another country of foreigners and stateless persons.
    Also, relevant governmental agencies will make no decisions on reducing the period of temporary stay in Russia and stripping a person of the refugee status, as well as on revoking previously issued visas, work permissions, patents and residence permits. Foreigners and stateless persons who are being released from prisons, violate border regulations or pose a threat to Russia’s national security or public order or participate in non-sanctioned mass protests/demonstrations/street marches are not covered by this provision.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: Anyone arriving into airports will be temperature-checked.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Russian government requires all arrivals to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel. Airlines may require you to show this on check-in (please check with your airline).
    On 24 December 2020 the Russian authorities adopted a 14 day quarantine period for any travellers arriving from the UK. This includes passengers arriving for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders, who also have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Russia.
    You will be required to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Accommodation: Many hotels in Russia remain open.
    *Public places and services: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Due to significantly deteriorating situation with COVID-19, St Petersburg City Government has now asked tourists to refrain from visiting the city for Christmas and New Year holidays and introduced further restrictions in regard to social and cultural events with public participation. The details are available on St Petersburg City Government’s website.
    *Travel in Russia: The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is therefore possible different restrictions will be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

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    24.12.2020
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