Russia is open to tourists from 23 countries but all visitors need to bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical certificate for COVID-19 antibodies.
No all visitors need to quarantine. Local governments are allowed to set their own rules regarding quarantine requirements for arrivals. Visitors are advised to check with local authorities for current restrictions.
The Russian government has temporarily suspended flights to the UK through June 16, 2021 and to Tanzania and Turkey until June 1, 2021.
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Russia Reopening – Latest Update
April 23 – Russia to resume flight operations with Egypt and Italy
Despite their political differences, both Egypt and Italy have agreed to reopen to Russian tourists by summer.
The announcement was made after a phone call between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Flights to resort destinations in Sharm al-Sheikh and Hurghada had been canceled after a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai in October 2015, killing 224 people.
Likewise, Russian media reported this week that Italy will be taking Russian tourists after a visit an “Italian ambassador” paid to the Russian government.
In both cases, the official reopening date has not been confirmed yet but local media has mentioned summer as the best time.
April 7 – Russia resumed flights with the 2 first South American countries
Russia resumed flights with Cuba and Venezuela on April 1, and it might soon allow visitors to travel to Cuba for tourism.
Varadero resort in Cuba may be the next Russians getaway destination. The announcement was made at an event hosted by the Federal Tourism Agency of Russia and was attended by a big number of tour operators and other members of the travel industry from Eurasia and other countries.
“The interest is tremendous, they are just waiting to be told which agencies will fly and when to start selling” but still need some logistics work, stated a Russian diplomat.
Starting this week, local news have been reporting shortages of Sputnik V, in important areas of the country such as Leningrad. In order to tackle this issue, the Russian Direct Investment Fund had signed an agreement with the India-based pharmaceutical Virchow Group to produce 200 million doses of Sputnik V, one of the most effective vaccines in 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 coming from the UK remain banned until, at least, March 16, UK citizens and residents can apply for a Russian visa for any purpose. Their trip should 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 country’s vaccination rollout has grown exponentially this month.
January 30 – Russia lifts travel restrictions for several countries
Last December Russian authorities decided to ban UK flights in order to protect its residents from the new strain of COVID-19 found there. The ban has been extended multiple times and it is currently in effect.
On the other hand, citizens and residents from 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 COVID-19 test results.
December 19 – Current COVID-19 situation
Russia is experiencing a severe spike in COVID-19 cases. According to local authorities, medical services have come under a new strain as the death toll is reaching 600 cases per day.
On August 1, Russia resumed direct flights to Tanzania and Turkey. The U.K. Cuba, Serbia, and Japan were allowed to resume their flights from November 1 and Seychelles joined the club a few days later. At the moment, foreign nationals and residents from 15 countries are allowed entry.
Russia has been gradually reopening its borders after more than 7 months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Who can travel to Russia?
Nationals and residents from the following list can enter Russia. (Current at April 23)
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates
What are the entry requirements for Russia?
- Must present proof in English or Russian-language that they have tested negative for the coronavirus in the past 72 hours to be allowed entry.
- If foreigners or returning Russian citizens do not have proper test results, they will be required to submit to a PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival. If the PCR outcome is positive, self-isolation for 14 days will be required.
- Russians returning to their home country from other countries are expected to comply with a 14-day quarantine.
- Russian nationals are required to complete an entry form on the gosuslugi.ru portal and then upload their PCR test results within 72 hours of arrival in Russia.
Is it safe to travel to Russia now?
Only essential travel is recommended by the CDC. Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should definitely reconsider their travel plans to Russia.
Can travelers from other countries travel to Russia, what are the requirements?
The categories listed are meant to help transition to normalcy incrementally as the government monitors any shifts in Covid-19 cases.
Russia is currently allowing specific categories of people to travel if they have proper documentation and follow health and safety protocols:
- Diplomats as well as their family members,
- Intergovernmental committees, commissions, or exclusive delegation members,
- Relatives of a deceased person, if proper documentation is provided to confirm the relationship,
- Foreigners in need of medical treatment,
- Foreigners studying abroad in Russia,
- Foreigners who have jobs that are categorized as “highly qualified specialists” professions,
Covid-19 Situation in Russia
As of April 23, Russia is the 4th most infected country in the world with 4,744,961 positive COVID cases and 107,501 confirmed deaths caused by the virus.
Covid-19 Situation in Russia
COVID-19 related restrictions
People should continue to practice infection control methods even though Moscow does not require residents to wear a mask while walking on the street.
Residents can walk around Moscow without Contact Tracing or a Digital Pass to identify if they have had any close contacts with positive Covid-19 patients.
However, residents are encouraging residents to maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters (6 feet). Visitors could be fined for noncompliance.
Masks and gloves are required on public transportation, inside stores, or inside any public buildings.
Schools, including universities, and many businesses are expected to be opened soon. Tourists can expect movie theaters and concert halls open with limited capacity permits.
For questions or concerns, the Moscow Department of Health hotline posts updates at +7 495 870-45-09.
Tourism in Russia
In early 2020 the Azerbaijan Tourism Board reported that the country’s tourism sector was growing. That year alone, 426,000 tourists from 149 countries had traveled to Russia, accounting for 17 percent growth in tourism from the previous year.
The pandemic plummeted the growth of international tourism. Whether it was to see Moscow or the countryside Russia drew tourists worldwide.
Painted in history but with all of the modern amenities. Tourists come to Russia to be swept away. In Moscow, the Kremlin and the Red Square never disappoint with their unique tours and color architecture.
Saint Petersburg attractions are walkable and concentrated around the Winter Palace. Cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg have convenient public transportation options. The adventure seekers will head out to Mount Elbrus.
Reasonable flights and an array of accommodations are available to fit every budget.
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