Covid-19 / travel to Russia update

Update from 21.06.2021

From which countries can you enter Russia and what are the requirements

Citizens (or permanent residents) of the following countries may enter Russia:

  • UK (people arriving from the UK will need to spend 14 days in self-isolation upon arriving in Russia)
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey 
  • Tanzania (suspended from 15 April to 1 June)
  • the UAE
  • Egypt
  • the Maldives
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • South Korea
  • Belarus
  • Japan
  • Serbia
  • Cuba
  • Ethiopia
  • Seychelles
  • Vietnam
  • India (In accordance with health and disease control-related regulations in force in the Russian Federation, from 28 April 2021 all passengers arriving from India shall be tested for Covid-19 after passing passport control. Passengers are not required to wait to get the result at the airport)
  • Qatar
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Germany
  • Singapore
  • Azerbaijan
  • Armenia

provided they are travelling directly from their own country. Visas to Russia for citizens of these countries are being issued as usual, including tourist visas.

Foreigners entering or transiting through Russia must present a certificate of negative test results for COVID obtained no more than three days prior to arrival in Russia. The certificate must be in English or Russian or with an official translation into Russian. PCR COVID tests at Russian airport are only available for Russians returning home; foreigners may not take the test upon arrival (except Indian travellers). A mask regime is still in place in public places and on public transport.

Direct flights to Russia

Direct flights are available from:

  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia 
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary 
  • India.
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Korea
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon 
  • Luxembourg 
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius 
  • Morocco 
  • Northern Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • Syria 
  • Tajikistan 
  • Tanzania (suspended from 15 April to 1 June)
  • the UAE
  • USA
  • UK
  • Uzbekistan 
  • Venezuela 
  • Vietnam 

Restrictions in Russia

Russia is on high alert. Quarantine restrictions vary by region. Museums, cafes and restaurants are, in most cases, operating as normal with social distancing. A mask (and sometimes gloves as well) must be worn to visit public places.