Covid-19 / travel to Russia update

Update from 11.02.2022

Starting from 21 February 2022 foreign nationals vaccinated with foreign or Russian vaccines may receive a QR code for six months by taking an antibody test.

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

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

  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Albania
  • Argentina (from Dec. 1)
  • Armenia
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh (from Dec. 1)
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Brazil (from Dec. 1)
  • Bulgaria
  • Costa Rica (from Dec. 1)
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland (rail travel to resume from Dec. 12)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan (visits limited)
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia (from Dec. 1)
  • Morocco (suspended)
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Tanzania (suspended)
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Qatar
  • UAE
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uzbekistan

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.

Restrictions in Russia

In Moscow and the Moscow Region, QR code is required to visit museums, theatres and concerts. Mask wearing in public places and transport remains compulsory.

A QR code can be obtained after full vaccination with a Russian vaccine (eg Sputnik V). The only option for those vaccinated with a non-Russian vaccine (eg Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) is to receive a QR code valid for 48 hours by taking a PCR test and getting a negative result.

A QR code is required to visit museums and theatres in most regions, but each region of Russia is free to adopt local restrictive measures at its own discretion. In St Petersburg a QR code is also required to check-in to a hotel or visit a restaurant.