CORONAVIRUS & ENTRY RULES TO RUSSIA


 

Dear exhibitors and colleagues!

According to the Decrees of the Government of the Russian Federation №635-R of March 16, 2020, №1170-R of April 29, 2020, №1511-R of June 6, 2020, №1671-R of June 25, 2020 for the purpose of ensuring state security, protecting public health and non-proliferation of a new coronavirus infection entry to the territory of the Russian Federation is restricted until further notice.

According to the Appendix No. 1 of the Order of the Government of the Russian Federation of March 16, 2020 No. 635-r approved the list of foreign states whose citizens and persons holding a residence permit or other document confirming the right to permanent residence in which can enter the Russian Federation from these states through air checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation.

List of countries whose citizens are allowed to enter the Russian Federation, but require a visa:

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Tanzania (temporary restriction until November 01)*
  3. Switzerland
  4. Egypt
  5. Japan
  6. India
  7. Vietnam
  8. Finland
  9. Ethiopia
  10. Singapore
  11. Greece
  12. Germany
  13. Syria
  14. Sri Lanka
  15. Iceland
  16. Malta
  17. Portugal
  18. Saudi Arabia
  19. Mexico
  20. Turkey
  21. UAE
  22. Austria
  23. Hungary
  24. Lebanon
  25. Luxembourg
  26. Croatia
  27. Mauritius
  28. Morocco
  29. Italy
  30. Belgium
  31. Bulgaria
  32. Ireland
  33. Jordan
  34. China
  35. Cyprus
  36. Liechtenstein
  37. North Macedonia
  38. USA
  39. Albania
  40. France
  41. Czech Republic
  42. Bahrain
  43. Spain
  44. Kenya
  45. Iraq
  46. Denmark
  47. Djibouti
  48. Kuwait
  49. New Zealand
  50. Bahamas
  51. Iran
  52. Netherlands
  53. Norway
  54. Oman
  55. Slovenia
  56. Tunisia

 

 

List of countries whose citizens are allowed to enter the Russian Federation, no visa required:

  1. Abkhazia
  2. South Ossetia
  3. Belarus
  4. South Korea
  5. Serbia
  6. Armenia
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Kazakhstan
  9. Kyrgyzstan
  10. Republic of Maldives
  11. Cuba
  12. Qatar
  13. Seychelles
  14. Venezuela
  15. Tajikistan
  16. Uzbekistan
  17. Dominican Republic
  18. The Republic of Moldova
  19. Andorra
  20. Colombia
  21. Peru
  22. South Africa
  23. Thailand
 

* Russia suspends air traffic with Tanzania from 15 April 2021 till 01 of November 2021

Important information about restrictions for passengers on international flights of Aeroflot Russian Airlines:

When you are planning a trip to Moscow, please buy tickets for Aeroflot Russian Airlines flights in advance. The number of available flights and seats is limited.

The above entry restriction is not applied to the following categories of foreign citizens:

  • car drivers of international motor traffic
  • airplanes, sea and river ships crew members
  • train and locomotive brigades of international railway traffic
  • members of official delegations with diplomatic and service visas
  • persons with diplomatic and service visas, as well as ordinary private visas, issued in emergency cases related to the death of a close relative
  • persons, who permanently live on the territory of the Russian Federation
  • visa-free transit passengers proceeding through airport checkpoints
  • persons who are highly qualified specialists**
  • foreign athletes, coaches and specialists in the field of physical culture on a work, humanitarian visa or if there is an employment contract
  • persons entering the Russian Federation for the purpose of specialized treatment

 

In addition, entry into and exit from our country is now allowed for crew members of sea and river vessels located in Russian ports. Such specialists are allowed to use road, air, rail and sea transport for movement. The decision was made in order to ensure the possibility of changing the crews of ships. Restrictions on crossing the Russian border will no longer apply to specialists who are involved in quality control of equipment manufactured by Russian companies under contracts related to the construction of nuclear power plants abroad within the framework of international agreements between Russia and foreign partners. Also, free border crossing is allowed for those who are involved in certification of new aircraft and maintaining the airworthiness of domestically produced winged aircraft operated by Russian companies.

Entry into the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted for foreign citizens of other categories. The order is unlimited and is valid until a special decision.

According to Decree No. 13 of July 07, 2020 of the Chief sanitary doctor of the Russian Federation, the mandatory 14-day quarantine has been canceled for both foreigners and Russian citizens.

To check-in and board an international flight, foreign nationals and stateless persons*** travelling to the airports of the Russian Federation, including passengers in transit via airports in the Russian Federation, must present a medical document (certificate) with a negative Covid-19 result (PCR) in Russian or English; the test must have been taken no earlier than three calendar days (including the date of arrival) prior to arrival in the Russian Federation.
*** Including children and infants of all ages.

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. During the flight, passengers must also fill in the form provided by the flight attendants. Prior to arriving in the Russian Federation, passengers must fill out the questionnaire for those arriving in the Russian Federation to ensure quarantine control at entry points on the state border of the Russian Federation.

Foreign citizens and stateless persons subject to the provisions of paragraph 2 of Decree No. 635-r of the Government of the Russian Federation of March 16, 2020, entering the Russian Federation from the territories of the states that are members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU — Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic), and, starting from September 1, 2021, from the territories of Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan through the air checkpoints at the state border of the Russian Federation, must, when entering the Russian Federation, present the negative result of a laboratory test for novel coronavirus infection displayed as a QR code in the "Travel without Covid-19" mobile application, taken no earlier than three calendar days prior to arrival in the Russian Federation, except for persons entering the Russian Federation from third states through the territories of these states by transit or with a short stopover, provided they present the negative result of laboratory testing for Covid-19 by polymerase chain reaction, taken no earlier than three calendar days prior to arrival in the Russian Federation, as well as tickets and/or boarding passes for their entire route to the Russian Federation. The "Travel without Covid-19" app is available in Google Play and App Store.

We remind passengers that antibody test results and any other test results besides PCR tests cannot be used to confirm the absence of Covid-19 infection for the purposes specified.

 

** Excerpt from the Government Decree of June 25, 2020. No. 1671-r:

"persons entering the Russian Federation once, who are involved in labor activities as highly qualified specialists included in the list (indicating the checkpoint across the state border of the Russian Federation and the date of entry) sent to the FSB of Russia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia by the federal executive body in the field which is in charge of the organization - the employer or customer of work (services), subject to the presentation by the specified persons of valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, and visas or in a visa-free manner in cases stipulated by international treaties of the Russian Federation, and subject to the presentation of a valid employment contract or civil contract for the performance of work ( provision of services) with the employer or customer of work (services); ".