Covid-19 / travel to Russia update

Update from 08.11.2021

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
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary 
  • India
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Korea
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon 
  • Luxembourg 
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius 
  • Morocco (suspended)
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Peru
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria 
  • Tajikistan 
  • Tanzania (suspended)
  • UK
  • USA
  • Uzbekistan 
  • Venezuela 
  • Vietnam 
  • Thailand
  • the UAE
  • Tunisia

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.

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 72 hours by taking a PCR test and getting a negative result.

A QR code is usually required to visit museums and theatres, but each region of Russia is free to adopt local restrictive measures at its own discretion.