[Updated: Oct 9, 2020 2:44 pm]


Open for citizens: YES

Open for foreigners: partial

Quarantine: NO


  • Passengers are not permitted to enter the Russian Federation.

  • This does not apply to:

    • Nationals or permanent residents of the Russian Federation,

    • Family members (spouse, parent/guardians, children, trustees) of nationals of the Russian Federation,

    • Nationals or permanent residents of Switzerland, Tanzania or the United Kingdom, provided arriving from their country of residence,

    • Employees of diplomatic missions, consular institutions or international organisations, and their family members,

    • Passengers holding a valid Highly Qualified Specialist visa (type 006), provided holding an entry approval issued by the Federal Security Service, a work permit and a labour contract. This includes family members of the visa holder provided also holding an entry approval,

    • Essential workers with approval from the Border Service of the Federal Security Service,

    • Crew of air, sea or river vessels,

    • Passengers holding proof they are entering to visit sick close relatives (spouse, parent/guardians, children, trustees),

    • Passengers travelling on a visa due to the death of a close relative (spouse, parent/guardians, children, trustees).


Airport/airline requirements:

As of March 16, travelers also arriving to Moscow from China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Russian nationals returning on repatriation flights will be required to stay under self-imposed quarantine for 14 days. While these quarantine measures are an obligation in Moscow, they are only a recommendation for travellers arriving in St. Petersburg.


Entry and Exit Requirements:


Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes

  • The Russian government requires that all foreign travelers present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result upon arrival, dated no later than three days prior to arrival in Russia. The results can be in English and/or digital. Foreign travelers must also complete the attached form (PDF, 210Kb), print, and present to customs upon arrival in Russia

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

  • Mandatory temperature screenings and other diagnostic and protective measures are being implemented at international airports and other major transit hubs.


The Russian Government has again extended a grace period on immigration documents, including visas, residence permits, and migration registration until December 15, 2020. Documents that expired after March 14, 2020 are automatically extended until December 15, 2020. For work permits, employers may apply to extend their validity. The Russian Government has not clarified procedures for handling expiring documents beyond December 15, 2020.


Movement Restrictions:

Is a curfew in place? No

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No



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