Russia is open to tourists from 25 countries, but all visitors must bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical certificate for COVID-19 antibodies.
Not all visitors need to quarantine. Local governments can define their own rules regarding quarantine requirements for arrivals. Visitors are advised to check current restrictions with local authorities.
The Russian government extended the UK flight ban until April 16.
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Reopening of Russia – latest update
April 7 – Russia resumed flights with the first 2 South American countries
Russia resumed flights with Cuba and Venezuela on April 1 and may soon allow visitors to travel to Cuba for tourism.
The Varadero resort in Cuba may be the next escape destination for the Russians. The announcement was made at an event organized by the Federal Tourism Agency of Russia and was attended by a large number of tour operators and other members of the travel industry from Eurasia and other countries.
“The interest is tremendous, they are waiting to know which agencies are going to fly and when to start selling,” but they still need some logistics work, said a Russian diplomat.
As of this week, local news has reported the shortage of Sputnik V in important areas of the country, such as Leningrad. To solve this problem, the Russian Direct Investment Fund signed an agreement with Indian pharmaceutical company Virchow Group to produce 200 million doses of Sputnik V, one of the most effective vaccines on the market this year.
Also starting this week, the country will allow foreign university students from safe countries to return to classes according to a government decree signed last Saturday.
February 26 – UK citizens / residents can travel to Russia again.
Although flights from the UK remain banned until at least 16 March, UK citizens and residents can apply for a Russian visa for any purpose. Their trip must be scheduled after the ban is lifted. (Source)
As of February 10, 2.2 million people in Russia have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The launch of vaccination in the country has grown exponentially this month.
January 30 – Russia suspends travel restrictions for several countries
Last December, Russian authorities decided to ban flights to the UK to protect its residents from the new strain of COVID-19 found there. The ban has been extended several times and is currently in effect.
On the other hand, citizens and residents of Greece, India, Finland, Qatar, Singapore and Vietnam are now allowed in the country, as long as they obtain a visa and bring proof of negative results from the COVID-19 test.
December 19 – Current situation of COVID-19
Russia is experiencing a serious increase in cases of COVID-19. According to local authorities, medical services are under new pressure, as the death toll is reaching 600 cases a day.
On August 1, Russia resumed direct flights to Tanzania and Turkey. The United Kingdom, Cuba, Serbia and Japan were allowed to resume their flights from 1 November and the Seychelles joined the club a few days later. At the moment, foreigners and residents from 15 countries are allowed to enter.
Russia has been gradually reopening its borders after more than 7 months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Who can travel to Russia?
National citizens and residents of the following list can enter Russia. (Current April 7)
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates
What are the entry requirements for Russia?
- You must provide proof in English or Russian that the coronavirus test result was negative in the last 72 hours to be able to enter.
- If foreign nationals or returning Russian citizens do not have adequate test results, they will be required to undergo a Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. If the PCR result is positive, it will be necessary to self-isolate for 14 days.
- Russians returning from other countries to their country are expected to obey the 14-day quarantine.
- Russian citizens must complete an application form on the gosuslugi.ru portal and then upload the results of the PCR tests within 72 hours of arriving in Russia.
Is it safe to travel to Russia now?
Only essential trips are recommended by CDC. Travelers at increased risk of serious illness due to COVID-19 should reconsider their travel plans for Russia.
Travelers from other countries can travel to Russia, what are the requirements?
The categories listed are intended to help transition to normal gradually, as the government monitors any changes in Covid-19 cases.
Russia is currently allowing specific categories of people to travel, as long as they have adequate documentation and follow the health and safety protocols:
- Diplomats, as well as their family members,
- Intergovernmental committees, commissions or members of exclusive delegation,
- Relatives of a deceased person, if adequate documentation is provided to confirm the relationship,
- Foreigners in need of medical treatment,
- Foreigners studying abroad in Russia,
- Foreigners who have jobs classified as professions of “highly qualified specialists”,
Situation of Covid-19 in Russia
From April 7th, Russia is the fourth most infected country in the world with 4,606,162 positive COVID cases and 101,480 confirmed deaths caused by the virus.
Situation of Covid-19 in Russia
Restrictions related to COVID-19
People should continue to practice methods of infection control, although Moscow does not require residents to wear a mask while walking on the street.
Residents can walk through Moscow without Contact Tracking or a digital pass to identify whether they have had any close contact with Covid-19 positive patients.
However, residents are encouraging residents to maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters (6 feet). Visitors can be fined for noncompliance.
Masks and gloves are required on public transport, inside stores or inside any public building.
Schools, including universities and many companies are expected to open soon. Tourists can expect open cinemas and concert halls with limited capacity licenses.
For questions or concerns, the Moscow Department of Health hotline posts updates on +7 495 870-45-09.
Tourism in Russia
In early 2020, the Azerbaijan Tourism Council reported that the country’s tourism sector was growing. In that year alone, 426,000 tourists from 149 countries traveled to Russia, representing a 17% growth in tourism compared to the previous year.
The pandemic has brought down the growth of international tourism. Whether it was to see Moscow or the countryside, Russia attracted tourists from all over the world.
Painted in history, but with all modern amenities. Tourists come to Russia to be taken away. In Moscow, the Kremlin and Red Square are never disappointed with their unique walks and colorful architecture.
St. Petersburg’s attractions can be explored on foot and concentrated around the Winter Palace. Cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg have convenient public transportation options. Adventurers will go to Mount Elbrus.
Reasonable flights and a variety of accommodations are available to suit all budgets.
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