Russia travel restrictions: 6 things to know before travelling for business

travel restrictions in Russia

Find out about current travel restrictions in Russia to manage your business trips: entry conditions, quarantine requirements, lockdown, and QR-code for foreigners.

Regarding travel restrictions in Russia, the Country has been keeping its borders closed for foreigners since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Subsequently, air frontiers have been gradually re-opened for entry from some designated States.

Currently, there are no impediments to move across Russian regions or cities in relation to Covid-19. However, the biggest issue for foreigners willing to travel to Russia is the non-validation of vaccinations or recovery certificates issued outside the Russian territory.

Table of contents

  1. Entry ban in Russia
  2. Exemptions to the entry ban
  3. Mandatory PCR test to enter the Country
  4. Quarantine restrictions in Russia
  5. Lockdown measures
  6. The situation in Moscow
  7. Ask our Experts
 

Is there an entry ban in Russia?

An entry ban is currently in force for foreigners planning to enter Russia. Exceptions are made for citizens and permanent residents of countries with which the Russian Federation has officially resumed flight connections. Currently, there are 79 countries on the list, including all the EU countries (except for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania).

The list of Countries at risk is being revised and updated on an ongoing basis.

According to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation №635-R of March 16, 2020, citizens of these states and those who have a document proving the right of permanent residence in one of these states are allowed to enter the Russian Federation through airport checkpoints from any country on the list (it doesn’t have to be a state of their citizenship or residency) and from the Republic of Belarus.

Are there any exemptions to the entry ban in Russia?

Regardless of their nationality, the entry ban is lifted for the following categories (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Highly Qualified Workers;
  • Foreign citizens entering for business negotiations, participation in investment projects. Their visit has to be approved by the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia;
  • Transit passengers if they do not leave the transit area of an airport.
 

Mandatory PCR negative test result to enter Russia

To board a flight to Russia, any foreigner is required to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, taken no more than two days prior to arrival in Russia. Any other type of test, proof of vaccination or recovery are not accepted from a foreigner who willing to enter Russia.

Quarantine rules in Russia

According to Russia’s consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, quarantine requirements are applied only to labor migrants who arrive in the framework of the Government’s program. They shall self-isolate for 14 days at their place of stay in Russia. All other categories can enter Russia without undergoing self-isolation.

Quarantine shall be mandatory only if developing Covid-19 symptoms.

Lockdown in Russia

As far as lockdown measures in the country are concerned, they vary across subordinate entities of the Federation and are subject to continuous review. It is recommended to always check the websites of local authorities before starting the journey. Any region may decide autonomously which facilities or services are accessible only with the QR code.

The QR code is issued:

  • after vaccination with a vaccine registered in Russia;
  • following the fact of recovery recorded in the local healthcare system;
  • IgG antibodies to COVID-19 have been revealed;
  • documented contraindications to vaccination;
  • negative PCR test result, which is valid for 48 hours.
 

This last option is probably the most rapid and easiest way for a foreigner to get the QR code when visiting Russia for a short period.

Moscow travel restrictions

All facilities and businesses are operating as normal. Masks are required on public transport, in shops, in all indoor places open to the public. The QR code is required to access theatres, museums, or an entertainment event with more than 500 participants.

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