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Travel to Russia in 2021

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Last updated November 26, 2021

Yes, Russia is open to American tourists

Russia has now resumed issuing tourist visas to U.S. citizens.

U.S. citizens are permitted to enter the Russian Federation only from countries with which the Russian Federation has officially resumed flight connections. The Russian government has announced that starting from June 28, 2021, direct flights between New York – Moscow and Washington, D.C. – Moscow would officially resume.

Entry Requirements

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 a form, print, and present to customs upon arrival in Russia.

Some regions may require tourists to show evidence of vaccination. Generally, Russian authorities will only accept evidence of vaccination with one of the vaccines registered in the Russian Federation. The Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not currently registered in the Russian Federation.

PCR Testing for Returning Home

If you need to get tested for your journey home, whether it is required by the airline or for re-entry into the U.S. we will help you schedule that at the most convenient location possible, at the appropriate time. For re-entry to the US you need to have a negative result from a Covid-19 viral test up to 3 days before departure (not counting the day of departure, so for a flight at 1pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after.) Since May 12 2021, the CDC have approved Antigen tests for travel. Antigen tests are quicker (results in 30 minutes, not 24 hours) and cheaper (around 1/3 the price or less) than PCR tests and often more readily available. If you are flying direct back to the US, the only test you’ll need is an Antigen test. If you are transferring in another country on the way back to the US other requirements may apply. We advise to check with the airline in this case.

General COVID-19 measures to be aware of

  • maintain physical distance
  • maintain hand hygiene and disinfection (we will provide a personal bottle of hand sanitiser to you upon arrival)
  • In Moscow, wearing a mask and gloves remains mandatory on public transportation, in stores, or inside any building open to the public. The city government still advises everyone to maintain a 1.5-meter distance from others at all times. These requirements apply to U.S. citizens, and violators can be fined. (we will provide one disposable mask per day of your vacation)

Curfews and Movement Restrictions

There is no curfew in place.

Bars & Restaurants

All restaurants and bars are open.

Sightseeing

Museums are open to the public. 

Shops and Beauty Services

Shops and beauty services are open.

Public Transport

Wearing a mask is required on public transportation throughout the country. In addition, wearing gloves remains mandatory on public transportation in Moscow.

Estimate for the Next Change in Measures

There is no estimate for the next change in measures.

Useful Links

US Embassy in Russia’s Covid-19 Info Page

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