Opening of the Russian borders for internationals - current information

Oct 19, 2020

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According to the Decrees of the Government of the Russian Federation №635-R of March 16, 2020, №1170-R of April 29, 2020, №1511-R of June 6, 2020, №1671-R of June 25, 2020 for the purpose of ensuring state security, protecting public health and non-proliferation of a new coronavirus infection entry to the territory of the Russian Federation is restricted until further notice.

According to the Decrees of the Government of the Russian Federation, lifting restrictions on entry to Russia by air, imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for citizens of:

  • Abkhazia,
  • Belarus,
  • Cuba,
  • Egypt,
  • Japan (from November 1)
  • Kazakhstan,
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Maldives,
  • Serbia,
  • South Korea,
  • South Ossetia,
  • Switzerland,
  • Tanzania,
  • Turkey,
  • UAE,
  • United Kingdom.

The entry restriction is not also applied to the following categories of foreign citizens:

  • car drivers of international motor traffic
  • airplanes, sea and river ships crew members
  • train and locomotive brigades of international railway traffic
  • members of official delegations with diplomatic and service visas
  • persons with diplomatic and service visas, as well as ordinary private visas, issued in emergency cases related to the death of a close relative
  • persons, who permanently live on the territory of the Russian Federation
  • visa-free transit passengers proceeding through airport checkpoints
  • persons who are highly qualified specialists*
  • foreign athletes, coaches and specialists in the field of physical culture on a work, humanitarian visa or if there is an employment contract
  • persons entering the Russian Federation for the purpose of specialized treatment

In addition, entry into and exit from our country is now allowed for crew members of sea and river vessels located in Russian ports. Such specialists are allowed to use road, air, rail and sea transport for movement. The decision was made in order to ensure the possibility of changing the crews of ships. Restrictions on crossing the Russian border will no longer apply to specialists who are involved in quality control of equipment manufactured by Russian companies under contracts related to the construction of nuclear power plants abroad within the framework of international agreements between Russia and foreign partners. Also, free border crossing is allowed for those who are involved in certification of new aircraft and maintaining the airworthiness of domestically produced winged aircraft operated by Russian companies.

Entry into the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted for foreign citizens of other categories. The order is unlimited and is valid until a special decision.

According to Decree No. 13 of July 07, 2020 of the Chief sanitary doctor of the Russian Federation, the mandatory 14-day quarantine has been canceled for both foreigners and Russian citizens.

Excerpt from the Decree:

For foreign citizen:
1.1. When crossing the State border of the Russian Federation, inform officials carrying out sanitary and quarantine control of the absence of COVID-19 disease with the submission of a medical document (in Russian or English) confirming the negative result of a laboratory test of material on COVID-19 by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), selected no earlier than three calendar days before arrival on the territory of the Russian Federation, medical documents confirming the detection of immunoglobulin g (IgG) antibodies (if available).
1.2. In the absence of a medical document confirming a negative result of a laboratory test for COVID-19 by PCR, undergo an examination for a new coronavirus infection by PCR within three calendar days on the territory of the Russian Federation. Payment for research is made in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.

It should be taken into account that the Airline has the right not to allow passengers to enter the airplane without a medical document confirming a negative PCR test result for COVID-19. It is necessary to check with the airline you choose whether it is possible to enter the airplane without a certificate of the COVID-19 test or not.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed a Decree, lifting restrictions on foreigners' visa-free Russia entry for short-term business trips. Visa-free Russia entry for short-term business trips is now allowed to foreigners. This applies to holders of diplomatic or service passports from countries with which Russia has visa-free entry agreements.

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* Excerpt from the Government Decree of June 25, 2020. No. 1671-r:

"persons entering the Russian Federation once, who are involved in labor activities as highly qualified specialists included in the list (indicating the checkpoint across the state border of the Russian Federation and the date of entry) sent to the FSB of Russia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia by the federal executive body in the field which is in charge of the organization - the employer or customer of work (services), subject to the presentation by the specified persons of valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, and visas or in a visa-free manner in cases stipulated by international treaties of the Russian Federation, and subject to the presentation of a valid employment contract or civil contract for the performance of work ( provision of services) with the employer or customer of work (services)".

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Forecasts for further opening of the Russian borders

All in all, the opening of borders with EU countries and the gradual resumption of direct transport connection may occur before the end of 2020, the Izvestia newspaper reports, referring to the Association of Russian Tour Operators (ATOR) and the National Union of the Hospitality Industry (OSIG).

Here are some forecasts of opening of borders between Russia and a few countries listed below:


There are no direct flights between the countries in September and October 2020. The nearest dates of direct flights between Moscow and Munich are planned at the first half of November.


There are forecasts for the opening of borders between countries at the end of October.


The opening of borders is expected to be in November.


The opening of borders will be discussed between countries on October 18.


The first flights from Moscow to Shanghai are planned to be launched from the end of October.


The opening of borders is planned for the beginning of October.

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Sources (Russian): MID.ruKoronavirustoday, Rambler, FDnews,