Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- The Government of the Russian Federation banned the entry of foreign nationals, including American citizens, with a few exceptions.
- The ban does not apply to: airplane crew members, permanent residents of the Russian Federation who hold a valid residence permit, or transit passengers. In addition, the Russian government allows entry of foreigners for medical treatment or in order to care for relatives in Russia.
- U.S. citizens who qualify as a “high-qualified specialist” on specific categories of work visas are allowed to enter Russia with the proper visa document. They should coordinate with their employer in Russia in obtaining this type of visa.
- U.S. citizens who hold a tourist visa and have family members in Russia (spouse, children, parents, etc.) are generally NOT allowed to enter under the current rules regarding Covid-19. They should reach out to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington, DC, for their request to be considered.
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- The Russian government requires that all foreign travelers present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result upon arrival, dated no later than three days prior to arrival in Russia. The results can be in English and/or digital. Foreign travelers must also complete the attached form (PDF, 210Kb), print, and present to customs upon arrival in Russia
The Russian Government has extended a grace period on immigration documents, including visas, residence permits, and migration registration until September 15, 2020. Documents that expire during this period are automatically extended until September 15, 2020. For work permits, employers may apply to extend their validity. The Russian Government has not clarified procedures for handling expiring documents beyond September 15, 2020.
- Mandatory temperature screenings and other diagnostic and protective measures are being implemented at international airports and other major transit hubs.