Covid-19 / travel to Russia update

Update from 07.09.2021

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

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

  • UK (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.)
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey 
  • Tanzania (suspended)
  • 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)
  • the UAE
  • USA
  • UK
  • Uzbekistan 
  • Venezuela 
  • Vietnam 

Restrictions in Russia

In Moscow and the Moscow Region, QR code is not required to visit restaurants. Mask wearing in public places and transport remains compulsory.

Food halls are open now in St Petersburg. Restaurants and cafés are only open during the daytime.

In the Krasnodar Territory, it is only possible to check into hotels after providing antibodies test results (with obligatory vaccination within 3 days after arrival in the region) or a certificate of vaccination with the Russian vaccine.

In the Kaliningrad Region - cafés and restaurants have a limited number of visitors.