Russia Reopening Borders

Russia opening tourism and resumes flights with 8 countries from June 10

Russia is open to tourists from 36 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 from/to the U.K., Tanzania, and Turkey until June 21, 2021 and enforced new restrictions for travelers coming from India.

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 Russia Reopening – Latest Update

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June 10 – Russia to resume flights with 8 countries from June 10, and working on 30 more from August

Effective today, Russia resumes flights with Albania, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mauritius and Morocco according to a statement issued by the Federal COVID-19 Response Center on Monday. 

The country is also working to expand the offer to other 30 countries from August. For now, the Ministry of Health has reported that Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Finland, China, Vietnam, Mongolia and Sri Lanka have a “satisfactory epidemiology situation” so these could be considered for the next reopening. 

Authorities will require all foreign and national citizens arriving in Russia to present a negative test for COVID-19, taken no older than 72 hours before departure.

(Source: Tass – Russian News Agency)

May 25 – Russia resumed flights with Malta, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Portugal on May 25

Russia has been increasing the number of countries they are open to. As of today, travelers from 28 countries can travel to Russia under different conditions.

As part of its reopening to the world, Russia has resumed commercial flights with Malta, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Portugal, starting today, May 25.

The country has also increased the frequency of flights with South Korea, Finland, Japan and even South America.

Among other good news, Russia is setting everything up to resume flights with Bulgaria from June 1. (Source: GardaWorld)

May 10 – Russia to ban flights from multiple countries to contain the spread of the new variants of COVID-19

Due to the high incidence rate of COVID-19 in some countries of concern, Russia has decided to limit flights coming from Turkey until June 1, and banned flights from Tanzania, a country whose authorities have refused to take any actions to contain the spread of the virus.    

Besides, Russian authorities have also extended the suspension of all commercial flights with from/to the UK until June 1 for the same reasons. Only diplomats and persons holding special visas, such as Highly Qualified Specialist visas will be granted entry. 

For its part, travelers arriving from India will have to self-isolate immediately upon arrival until they test negative for the virus, at which point they may exit quarantine. Any violations of an order to self-isolate may result in a fine of 4,000-5,000 rubles.

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.

Who can travel to Russia?

Nationals and residents from the following list can enter Russia. (Current at June 10)

  1. Albania
  2. Austria
  3. Armenia
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Belarus
  6. Croatia
  7. Cuba
  8. Egypt
  9. Ethiopia
  10. Germany
  11. Greece
  12. Hungary
  13. Iceland
  14. Japan
  15. Kazakhstan
  16. Kyrgyzstan
  17. Lebanon
  18. Luxembourg
  19. Maldives
  20. Malta
  21. Mauritius
  22. Mexico
  23. Morocco
  24. Portugal
  25. Saudi Arabia
  26. Serbia
  27. Seychelles
  28. Singapore
  29. South Korea
  30. Sri Lanka
  31. Switzerland
  32. Syria
  33. Tajikistan
  34. United Arab Emirates
  35. Uzbekistan
  36. Venezuela


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 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 y reconsider their travel plans to Russia.

Can travelers from other countries travel to Russia, what are the requirements?

Russia reopening for tourism

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 June 10, Russia is the 6th most infected country in the world with 5,156,250 positive COVID cases and 124,895 confirmed deaths caused by the virus.

COVID-19 related restrictions

Izmailovo Kremlin, Russia

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

St. Basil's Cathedral, 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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