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Who can travel to Russia in 2021? - Rostourism


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In accordance with Annex №1 of the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation №635-R of March 16, tourists from the following countries may come to Russia:

  1. Abkhazia
  2. Austria
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Albania
  5. Andorra
  6. Argentina
  7. Armenia
  8. Bahamas
  9. Bangladesh
  10. Bahrain
  11. Belarus
  12. Belgium
  13.  Bulgaria
  14.  Brazil
  15.  Great Britain
  16.  Hungary
  17.  Venezuela
  18.  Vietnam
  19.  Germany
  20.  Greece
  21.  Denmark
  22.  Djibouti
  23.  Dominican Republic
  24.  Egypt
  25.  India
  26.  Jordan
  27.  Iraq
  28.  Iran
  29.  Ireland
  30.  Iceland
  31.  Spain
  32.  Italy
  33.  Kazakhstan
  34.  Qatar
  35.  Kenya
  36.  Cyprus
  37.  Kyrgyzstan
  38.  China
  39. Colombia
  40.  Korea
  41.  Costa Rica
  42.  Cuba
  43.  Kuwait
  44.  Lebanon
  45.  Liechtenstein
  46.  Luxembourg
  47.  Mauritius
  48.  Morocco
  49.  Maldives
  50.  Malta
  51.  Mexico
  52.  Moldova
  53.  Mongolia
  54.  Netherlands
  55.  New Zealand
  56.  Norway
  57.  UAE
  58.  Oman
  59.  Peru
  60.  Portugal
  61.  Saudi Arabia
  62.  Northern Macedonia
  63.  Seychelles
  64.  Serbia
  65.  Singapore
  66.  Syria
  67.  Slovakia
  68.  Slovenia
  69.  USA
  70.  Tajikistan
  71.  Thailand
  72.  Tanzania
  73.  Tunisia
  74. Turkey
  75.  Uzbekistan
  76.  Finland
  77.  France
  78.  Croatia
  79.  Switzerland
  80.  Sweden
  81.  Sri Lanka
  82.  Czech Republic
  83.  Ethiopia
  84. Japan

Citizens of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Ukraine residing in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are also allowed to visit Russia.

There are 2 main rules for travellers who are going to visit Russia:

— You must be a citizen of these countries or have a residence permit (or any other document proving the right of permanent residence).

— You have to enter Russia by plane and only from the territory of your country.

As for other countries, there are certain categories of citizens that can enter Russia. See the full list on the Federal Security Service website (available in Russian).

These categories are:

— diplomats and their family members;

— drivers, captains and pilots of international flights;

— foreign nationals who are family members of Russian citizens

— citizens who need to take care for their closest relatives (e.g. husbands, wives, children, mothers and fathers);

— citizens who have a residence permit for Russia;

— migrants who participate in the governmental programme;

— citizens who come for medical treatment (the documents should be issued by the Ministry of Health);

— citizens entering due to death of a close relative (death certificate and a document confirming the degree of kinship are required);

— highly qualified specialists. See the instructions for such specialists on the Federal Agency for Tourism website (available in Russian);

— residents of Baikonur and employees of companies working in the space industry.

What documents are needed for entry to Russia?

  1. Negative COVID-19 PCR test — provide it at the customs. You must make it no earlier than 72 hours before departure.You do not need to stay in quarantine if you have a negative test result.
  2. A passport valid for 6 months from the date of travel. 
  3. Application form for those who are on flights to the Russian Federation for border crossing. It is to be completed prior to arrival in Russia. 
  4. Visa (citizens of 58 states are eligible for visa-free travel. See the list of these countries at the Federal Agency for Tourism website).You must apply for it at the nearest visa application centre of your country: electronic visas to Russia are temporarily suspended.
  5. Visa application form. Sample for British nationals.Sample for citizens of other countries.
  6. Medical Insurance (Russian abbreviation: DMS). It must be valid across the whole territory of Russia and cover possible COVID-19 infection. 
  7. Proof of accommodation. Required for citizens who are nor eligible for visa-free travel to Russia.
  8. Tickets. 

Things you need to foresee before travelling to Russia

You need to be tested for COVID-19 in 72 hours before your arrival. The fastest way to get a test result is to do express tests. Keep in mind that they might be more expensive. The certificate must be in English or Russian. You may request a Russian translation at the clinic.

If you will show signs of fever or any other symptoms of an illness, you may be asked to re-do the test upon arrival. Set aside some cash on that — on average, the test costs 3,000 rubles (approximately 34 EUR). If the result is positive, you will have to stay for treatment. 

Rules and recommendations you should follow while travelling in Russia

— be sure to wear gloves and a medical mask in public places: shops, transport, public institutions and museums;

— maintain at least 1,5 meters between yourself and people around;

— avoid crowded places; 

— take a taxi instead of public transport. 

How not to get COVID-19 — basic rules

Precautions The World Health Organization advises to follow:

— wash your hands thoroughly with soap, use alcohol-based hand rubs;

— wear a mask and gloves in public places. The mask must cover your nose and mouth;

— cover your mouth with a tissue if you feel like sneezing or coughing. After that, dispose the tissue immediately;

— avoid touching your face.

Visit the World Health Organisation website for more advice.

Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, call 103 immediately.