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Passengers are not permitted to enter the Russian Federation. This includes passengers who hold a valid visa issued by Russia not mentioned below.
This does not apply to:
Nationals or residents of the following countries, provided they are flying directly from these countries: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Korea (South), Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, North Macedonia, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela or Vietnam.
Visa to Russia for countries with which Russian Federation resumes international air service:
Travel to Russia | Foreign travelers
The Russian government requires that all foreign travelers present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result upon arrival, dated no later than 3 days prior to arrival in Russia. The results can be in English and/or digital. Foreign travelers must also (PDF, 210Kb), print, and present to customs upon arrival in Russia. The validity of the PCR test certificate is calculated starting from the date the biological material was collected.
If it is not possible to submit the medical certificate in Russian or in English, it may be submitted in the official language of the country where the issuing organisation is registered, accompanied by a Russian translation certified by a consular official of the Russian Federation.
Annex to the Resolution of the Chief Medical Officer of the Russian Federation dated 02.07.2021 No. 17:
Travelers are also required to pass one PCR COVID-19 test (within 3 days after arriving) and submit the test results via the Public Services Portal. Passengers must remain in quarantine at their place of residence (stay) until they receive a negative test result.
In accordance with the No. 12 of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation dated 9 April 2021, citizens of the Member States of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU – Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic) who enter the Russian Federation from the Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, or Kyrgyz Republic via air border checkpoints of the Russian Federation determined by the Government of the Russian Federation must provide a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR test) by using the Covid-19 Free Travel mobile app.
2. Visit the PCR testing laboratory specified in the program with a passport and take a COVID-19 test.
COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map* (powered by Timatic): https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation https://www.mid.ru/en/informacia-dla-rossijskih-i-inostrannyh-grazdan-v-svazi-s-koronavirusnoj-infekciej
Travel to Russia | Russian Federation citizens
In order to clear the quarantine control at the entry points on the state border of the Russian Federation, arriving in the Russian Federation on overseas flights must, prior to departure, fill out the on the Public Services Portal and then, within 3 calendar days as of the date of arrival, take a laboratory Covid-19 PCR test and upload the test result by filling out the Information about the Results of the Сovid-19 Test for Arrivals in the Russian Federation. RF citizens must remain in quarantine at their place of residence (stay) until they receive a negative test result.
RF citizens also must take a second laboratory Covid-19 PCR test within up to 5 calendar days as of the date of arrival in the Russian Federation and submit the results of the laboratory test on the Public Services Portal using the same . The interval between the first and second laboratory test for Covid-19 by PCR must be at least one day.
In the event of any deterioration in health within 14 days as of the date of arrival in the Russian Federation, passengers should immediately seek medical assistance at their place of residence (stay) without visiting healthcare institutions.
UPD 16/07 | Moscow cancels QR code COVID-19 restriction for bars and restaurants, museums and public events.
Moscow residents will no longer have to present a QR code demonstrating they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have immunity in order to sit inside cafes, restaurants and bars from July 19.
In Moscow, wearing a mask and gloves remains mandatory on public transportation, in stores, or inside any building open to the public. The city government still advises everyone to maintain a 1.5-meter distance from others at all times.
E-visa to Russia
In accordance with clause 5 of the order of the Government of the Russian Federation dated March 16, 2020 No. 635-r, the processing and issuance of visas of all categories to foreign citizens has been temporarily suspended in order to ensure state security, protect public health and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Visa to Russia for the UK citizens | Updated 12/07/2021
All types of Visas are accepted at the Visa centre.
To apply for a visa applicants will have to submit and print out application form (which should be completed online at http://visa.kdmid.ru/) together with all the rest required documentation. Supporting documents relevant to your visa application can be checked by visiting this page and selecting the appropriate Visa type section.
Russia visa application centre operates on walk-in basis; hence, no prior appointment is required. Appointment would only be required if you prefer to use VIP premium lounge service. You can visit the centre as soon as you are ready with your documents.
In the United Kingdom, an application for Russian visa can be submitted at any of the three Russia Visa Application Centres:
Russia Visa Application Centre in London will be open for submission of visa applications and collection of processed passports from Monday to Friday during below working hours, except declared holidays.
Russia Visa Application Centre in Edinburgh currently is open for submission Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-12:00pm. Collection time Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-13:00pm For more information please click here
Russia Visa Application Centre in Manchester open for submission of visa applications on Mondays and Wednesdays from 08:30 hrs to 13:30 hrs, except declared holidays. For more information please click here Manchester Visa centre urgent service is 4 working , if you wish delivery back to UK mainland its takes 1-2 working days extra once the passport is returned from the Consulate
Relevant visa fees to your application can be checked by visiting this page .
Please kindly all foreign citizens must provide permanent residence in United Kingdom, such as visa, UK passport or notarised settled or pre-settled status additionally to required documents list.
British and foreign nationals with a UK residence document can apply for any type of visa and travel to Russia either directly from London to Moscow or transiting one of the approved countries. The list of these countries can be found on our website.
The flight ban between the UK and Russia was lifted on 2 June and flights can operate from London to Moscow. Currently, there are no flights to other Russian cities. As it stands, there are three Aeroflot flights – Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and two BA flights – Wednesday and Saturday. Even if you can buy WizzAir tickets online both to Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, to our knowledge, there are still no flights from this airline. For more information you should contact the airlines directly in advance.
Foreign nationals living in the UK can apply for a visa and travel to Russia only if they can provide a UK residence document or a printout from the Home Office website showing the residence status (settled or pre-settled). This printout should be certified by a notary/solicitor or by the Consulate (respective information is available on our website).
In order to be accepted for boarding a plane, all British and foreign nationals (even small children) have to show a medical document in English or Russian confirming the negative PCR-test. The test should be done not earlier than 3 days before arrival to Russia. Such a document should be issued by a private medical provider. NHS confirmations are not valid.
All foreign passengers have to fill in a questionnaire while on board. Registration on the special website Gosuslugi is not necessary.