Restrictions for entry of foreign citizens and persons without citizenship into the Russian Federation

24 Aug
2020

As amended by Order No.1291-р issued by the Government of the Russian Federation on May 18, 2021 "On Amending Instruments Enacted by the Government of the Russian Federation"

In accordance with the Order No. 635-r issued by the Government of the Russian Federation on March 16, 2020 "On Temporarily Restricting the Entry of Foreign Nationals and Stateless Persons into the Russian Federation and Temporarily Suspending the Issuance of Visas and Invitations", the entry of foreign nationals and stateless persons, including those arriving from the territory of the Republic of Belarus, and citizens of the Republic of Belarus into the Russian Federation has been temporarily restricted.

1. The entry of foreign nationals and stateless persons, including those arriving from the territory of the Republic of Belarus, and citizens of the Republic of Belarus into the Russian Federation has been temporarily restricted.

2. The provisions of paragraph 1 do not apply to:

  • persons who are accredited or appointed employees of diplomatic missions or consular offices of foreign states in the Russian Federation, international organizations or their representative offices, other official missions of foreign states located in the Russian Federation, officials of the Standing Committee of the Common State, and family members of such persons (spouses, parents, children, adoptive parents, adopted children), deputies or officials of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia, members of official delegations, employees of the Intergovernmental Courier Communications, or persons holding diplomatic or service passports;
  • persons having diplomatic or service visas;
  • persons who are drivers of motor trucks moving along international routes, buses moving along international routes (which transport persons referred to in this paragraph and are not allowed to transport any cargoes), crew members of aircraft, sea or river vessels, crews of trains or locomotives moving along international railway routes or such personnel as determined in international railway transport treaties to which the Russian Federation is a party;
  • persons who are maintenance personnel of the leased part of the Saimaa channel as defined in the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland on the lease by the Finnish Republic of the Russian part of the Saimaa Canal and the adjacent territory and on the implementation of navigation through the Saimaa Canal signed in Lappeenranta on May 27, 2010;
  • persons entering the Russian Federation upon their extradition whose details have been submitted by the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia to the Federal Security Service of Russia;
  • persons traveling to the Russian Federation by road, air, rail or sea transport for the purpose of changing the crews of sea or river vessels located in the ports of the Russian Federation provided that they have valid seafarer's identity documents and their names are recorded in the crew list or an extract from the crew list;
  • persons traveling to the Russian Federation by road, air, rail or sea transport for the purpose of changing aircraft crews provided that they have an aircraft crew member ID and a flight task or a general aircraft declaration for the intended flight;
  • citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia entering the Russian Federation from the Republic of Abkhazia;
  • citizens of the Republic of South Ossetia entering the Russian Federation from the Republic of South Ossetia;
  • citizens of the Republic of Belarus and persons holding a permanent residence permit or other document confirming the right to permanently reside in the Republic of Belarus entering the Russian Federation from the Republic of Belarus or foreign states listed in Appendix 1 (UK, Tanzania, Turkey, Switzerland, Egypt, Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Korea, Cuba, Serbia, Japan, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Vietnam, India, Qatar, Finland, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Greece, Singapore, Venezuela, Germany, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka) through air border control posts of the Russian Federation or traveling to the Russian Federation by rail passenger transport;
  • citizens of the Republic of Belarus who are employees of Belarusian companies involved in maintaining continuous production processes at industrial facilities in the Russian Federation relating to nuclear energy, construction, oil and gas production or mineral processing seconded to industrial facilities in the Russian Federation to work on a rotational basis whose names are recorded in the lists sent to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs by the federal executive authority having jurisdiction over the entity being the customer of such work or by Rosatom State Atomiс Energy Corporation;
  • citizens of foreign states listed in Appendix 1 (UK, Tanzania, Turkey, Switzerland, Egypt, Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Korea, Cuba, Serbia, Japan, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Vietnam, India, Qatar, Finland, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Greece, Singapore, Venezuela, Germany, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka) entering the Russian Federation from such states or from the Republic of Belarus through air border control posts of the Russian Federation;
  • citizens holding a permanent residence permit or other document confirming the right to permanently reside in the relevant foreign state listed in Appendix 1 (UK, Tanzania, Turkey, Switzerland, Egypt, Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Korea, Cuba, Serbia, Japan, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Vietnam, India, Qatar, Finland, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Greece, Singapore, Venezuela, Germany, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka) entering the Russian Federation from such states listed in the above appendix or from the Republic of Belarus through air border control posts of the Russian Federation;
  • citizens of the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union entering the Russian Federation from the Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus or Kyrgyz Republic through the air border control posts of the Russian Federation as listed in Appendix 2 subject to the submission of negative COVID-19 test results displayed in the “Travel without COVID-19” mobile application;
  • persons entering the Russian Federation in connection with the death of a close relative (spouse, parents, children, siblings, grandfathers, grandmothers, grandchildren, adoptive parents, adopted children) for funerals subject to the submission of a copy of the death report or certificate and document confirming the degree of relationship;
  • persons having ordinary private visas issued pursuant to the decision of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • persons who are family members (spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandfathers, grandmothers, grandchildren, adoptive parents, adopted children), guardians or custodians of citizens of the Russian Federation subject to the submission of a copy of a document confirming the degree of relationship or evidencing guardianship (custodianship);
  • persons entering the Russian Federation sick close relatives requiring care (spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandfathers, grandmothers, grandchildren, adoptive parents, adopted children) subject to the submission of documents (copies of documents) issued by a healthcare organization confirming their health condition and a copy of a document confirming the degree of relationship;
  • persons permanently residing in the Russian Federation or transiting through air border control posts of the Russian Federation without crossing them;
  • persons who have migrated from the Republic of Latvia to the Russian Federation in accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and Government of the Republic of Latvia on the regulation of the resettlement process and protection of migrants’ rights dated June 2, 1993 or minor members of their families who are traveling together with the migrants and whose names are specified in the migrant ID evidencing migration from the Republic of Latvia to the Russian Federation;
  • persons who are members of the Government Program for Assisting the Voluntary Resettlement to the Russian Federation of Compatriots Living Abroad as approved by Decree No.637 issued by the President of the Russian Federation of June 22, 2006 "On Measures to Assist the Voluntary Resettlement of Compatriots Living Abroad to the Russian Federation" and their family members named in the member’s certificate confirming such member’s participation in the Government Program for Assisting the Voluntary Resettlement to the Russian Federation of Compatriots Living Abroad subject to the submission of such certificate or a copy thereof which copy must be certified as true in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation (for family members of a member of such Government Program);
  • persons who have received a permission to move to the Russian Federation in accordance with the Agreement between the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan on the regulation of the resettlement process and protection of migrants’ rights executed in Ashgabat on December 23, 1993 and their families named in such permission subject to submission of the permission authorizing their movement to the Russian Federation issued in accordance with the said Agreement;
  • persons entering the Russian Federation for treatment purposes and their accompanying persons (accompanying persons are allowed for minor patients or patients who are in serious or critical condition or who have other medical indications specified by the hosting healthcare organization), whose details have been sent by the relevant healthcare organization in line with the algorithm for submitting applications authorizing the entry of foreign nationals into the Russian Federation, including for receiving medical services, as approved by the operational headquarters responsible for preventing the import and spread of COVID-19 within the Russian Federation via the federal state information system "Single Portal of Government and Municipal Services (Functions)" to the relevant departmental segment of the Russian Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media in the state system designed to maintain migration and registration records, make, issue and monitor the circulation of ID documents for subsequent submission to the departmental segment of the Russian Federal Security Service in such state system;
  • persons intending to enter the Russian Federation for studying at institutions of higher or vocational education whose names have been recorded in the lists made by such educational organizations in line with the algorithm for handling foreign students arriving in the Russian Federation for studying at such educational organizations as approved by the operational headquarters responsible for preventing the import and spread of COVID-19 within the Russian Federation and sent by such educational organizations in consultation with their founders via the federal state information system "Single Portal of Government and Municipal Services (Functions)" to the relevant departmental segment of the Russian Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media in the state system designed to maintain migration and registration records, make, issue and monitor the circulation of ID documents for subsequent submission to the departmental segment of the Russian Federal Security Service in such state system;
  • persons intending to enter the Russian Federation for employment purposes whose names have been recorded in the lists made in line with the algorithm for using foreign labor for the benefit of the economy of the Russian Federation as approved by the operational headquarters responsible for preventing the import and spread of COVID-19 within the Russian Federation and sent by the Russian Ministry of Labor via the federal state information system "Single Portal of Government and Municipal Services (Functions)" to the relevant departmental segment of the Russian Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media in the state system designed to maintain migration and registration records, make, issue and monitor the circulation of ID documents for subsequent submission to the departmental segment of the Russian Federal Security Service in such state system;
  • persons permanently residing in Baikonur, Kyzyl-Orda Region of the Republic of Kazakhstan or persons participating in the implementation of government programs of the Russian Federation, presidential programs, Federal Space Program of Russia, interstate or federal target programs, programs of the Union State or international cooperation programs involving space related activities specified in the list sent by the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities via the federal state information system "Single Portal of Government and Municipal Services (Functions)" to the departmental segment of the Russian Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media in the state system designed to maintain migration and registration records, make, issue and monitor the circulation of ID documents for subsequent submission to the departmental segment of the Russian Federal Security Service in such state system;
  • persons involved in the adjustment and maintenance of equipment manufactured in foreign countries and specified in the list sent to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs by the federal executive authority having jurisdiction over the entity being the customer who ordered such foreign equipment or by Rosatom State Atomiс Energy Corporation;
  • persons entering the Russian Federation to be employed as highly qualified specialists and members of their families (spouses, parents, children, adoptive parents, adopted children) named in the list (specifying also the relevant state border control post of the Russian Federation and date of entry) sent to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia by the federal executive authority having jurisdiction over the entity being the employer or customer ordering the relevant work (services) or by Rosatom State Atomiс Energy Corporation;
  • persons entering the Russian Federation to be employed as highly qualified specialists in sports and their family members (spouses, parents, children, adoptive parents, adopted children) and persons participating in sports events hosted by the Russian Federation and their family members (spouses, parents, children, adoptive parents, adopted children) named in the list (specifying also the relevant state border control post of the Russian Federation and date of entry) sent by the Russian Ministry of Sports to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs;
  • persons involved in quality control procedures relating to equipment manufactured by Russian legal entities to be supplied under contracts governing the construction of nuclear facilities abroad or in the implementation of international treaties to which the Russian Federation is a party and specified in the lists sent by Rosatom State Atomiс Energy Corporation to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs;
  • persons involved in the certification of new aircraft or maintenance of the airworthiness of aircraft manufactured in Russia and operated by Russian operators specified in the lists sent by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs;
  • persons entering the Russian Federation on business trips and named in the lists made in line with the algorithm enabling the entry of foreign nationals owning or managing enterprises operating in the Russian Federation into the Russian Federation or foreign nationals for participation in negotiations on the implementation of investment projects approved by the operational headquarters responsible for preventing the import and spread of COVID-19 within the Russian Federation and sent by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs using the interdepartmental e-document management system;
  • persons entering the Russian Federation pursuant to Articles 7(5.1) and (9) of the Federal Law "On Preparing and Holding in the Russian Federation the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, and 2020 UEFA European Football Championship and Amending Certain Legislative Instruments of the Russian Federation" named in the lists sent by the Russian Ministry of Sports via the federal state information system "Single Portal of Government and Municipal Services (Functions)" to the relevant departmental segment of the Russian Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media in the state system designed to maintain migration and registration records, make, issue and monitor the circulation of ID documents for subsequent submission to the departmental segment of the Russian Federal Security Service in such state system;
  • persons entering the Russian Federation pursuant to Article 7(10) of the Federal Law "On Preparing and Holding in the Russian Federation the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, and 2020 UEFA European Football Championship and Amending Certain Legislative Instruments of the Russian Federation";
  • persons who are genetic parents of children born in the Russian Federation by surrogate mothers entering the Russian Federation for the purpose of registering the birth of a child with government authorities whose details have been sent by the Russian Ministry of Health to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

2.1. Due to the economic and transport blockade introduced by Ukraine with respect to certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, invoking the principles of humanity, the provisions of paragraph 1 of this Order shall not apply to citizens of Ukraine or stateless persons permanently residing in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine provided that the Ukrainian national passport or ID identity document referred to in Decree No.74 issued by the President of the Russian Federation on February 18, 2017 “On Recognizing in the Russian Federation of Documents and Registration Plates of Vehicles Issued to Citizens of Ukraine and Stateless Persons Permanently Residing In Certain Areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions of Ukraine", held by the person in question has a record showing that their registered residential address is located in the relevant area of the Donetsk or Lugansk Regions of Ukraine.

Attention passengers intending to leave the Russian Federation and travel in transit to other countries! Before purchasing air tickets, you need to familiarize yourself with information about the restrictive measures put in place to comply with anti-epidemic measures of the countries to, from or through the territory of which you intend to further travel.

Attention all foreign nationals arriving in the Russian Federation

When boarding an aircraft for an international flight to a destination located in the Russian Federation, including when travelling in transit through the Russian Federation, and when crossing the State Border of the Russian Federation, please ensure that you have a medical document on hand (in Russian or English) confirming negative COVID-2019 test result obtained using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method based on samples taken not earlier than three calendar days before the arrival in the Russian Federation.

2.2. Upon arrival in the Russian Federation, please fill out a questionnaire designed for persons arriving in the Russian Federation to comply with applicable sanitary and quarantine control procedures at the state border control posts of the Russian Federation;

2.3. Where it is impossible to submit a medical document in Russian or English, it is allowed to submit it in the official language of jurisdiction of incorporation of the organization that issued such medical document enclosing a Russian translation certified as accurate by a consular officer of the Russian Federation.

2.4. Citizens of the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union who intend to enter the Russian Federation from the Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus or Kyrgyz Republic through the air border posts of the Russian Federation designated by the Government of the Russian Federation shall confirm the availability of negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result using the “Travel without COVID-19” mobile application.

2.5. The officers of the territorial bodies of the Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights (Rospotrebnadzor) are authorized to have foreign nationals and stateless persons randomly tested for COVID-19 tests at airports.

3. Persons arriving from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the Russian Federation (other than crew members of arriving aircraft) shall shelter in place at the place of residence (stay) for fourteen calendar days after the date of arrival.

Form for passenger arriving to the RF

COVID-19 test. Information for passengers

More detailed information is published at the web-site of the Association of Aviation Medicine Physicians available here