Data Last Updated: October 27, 2020
Russia has reopened its borders to limited travellers. International flights have resumed to more than 30 countries. The availability of flights is still dependent on COVID-19 restrictions in destination countries. Additionally, flights with low demand could be canceled or merged with a later or earlier service.
Foreign air passengers arriving in Russia must present negative COVID-19 test results taken no longer than 72 hours before departure; Russian citizens must produce a negative COVID-19 test within three days upon arrival or self-isolate for 14 days. Foreigners are not allowed entry for tourism purposes.
Russia has suspended the issuance of tourist eVisas
Mask requirements differ in different states/regions within this country.
Federal authorities have announced a tightening of nationwide restrictions from Oct. 28 to combat increasing numbers of new Covid-19 cases.
Facemasks will be compulsory on all public transport and enclosed public spaces; the new measure with apply throughout the country, though some areas, including Moscow and Saint Petersburg, had already introduced similar mandates.
Authorities have also announced that bars, restaurants, and other entertainment venues should close from 2300-0600; while it is currently unclear whether the measure is advisory or mandatory, it is likely to be widely followed by regional governments.
Authorities had been utilizing a largely localized approach, with tighter restrictions in regions with increased infection rates. In Moscow, where the bulk of cases have been reported, authorities have introduced more than 400 thermal cameras at metro stations; any passengers presenting a high temperature will be denied entry.
Mass events, public gatherings, and exhibitions remain banned, and museums are closed. Spectators are prohibited from attending sporting events. Citizens over the age of 65 and those suffering from chronic diseases are advised to avoid public places and temporarily suspend personal contacts with any persons from outside their immediate households.
Elsewhere, authorities in Saint Petersburg, Bryansk, Irkutsk, Keremovo, and Novosibirsk have announced that school pupils will be sent home on extended vacations or will transfer to remote learning.
Authorities nationwide continue to encourage residents to work from home whenever possible. However, nonessential businesses, retailers, theaters and cinemas, leisure facilities, educational institutions, and cultural venues have resumed operations in many locations, subject to social-distancing mandates. Restaurants, bars, and cafes may open indoor seating areas. Public transportation has also resumed in most cities, though with reduced services.
Airlines & Transport
Air carriers and passengers will be obliged to observe anti-coronavirus recommendations of Russia’s sanitary watchdog.
Anyone boarding a plane needs to present a negative result for a coronavirus test performed less than 72 hours from departure; the test can either be in English or Russian.
On August 1, flights to and from the United Kingdom (London), Tanzania (Zanzibar) and Turkey (Ankara and Istanbul) will resume.
Flights to and from Turkey’s Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman will also start on August 10. So far, international flights are operated only from the airports in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don.
Starting August 15, Flights between Moscow and Geneva will be carried out once a week.
Authorities have reopened overland border crossings with some nations, including Belarus and Estonia; All persons entering Russia via an overland border crossing will be subject to thermal imaging.
International rail services with Belarus and Lithuania have resumed with a reduced schedule; other international rail services remain suspended. Entry into the country via river and seaports remains suspended; freight transporters are exempt. There has been a significant reduction in high-speed and long-distance rail services since April 7.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
United Arab Emirates
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
Wallis and Futuna
Information for Non-Tourists
Since June 8, the Russian government allows entry of foreigners for medical treatment or in order to care for relatives in Russia.
Russian citizens returning to Russia must register on gosuslugi.ru prior to booking and perform a COVID-19 PCR test within 3 calendar days after arrival or self-isolate for 14 days.
Foreign citizens will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test no more than 3 days before arrival in Russia and present the test result certificate at check-in. Foreigners must have an application form completed and ready for collection before leaving the aircraft on arrival.
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