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:
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 https://www.mid.ru/ru/useful_information/information/entrance_mode .
The above entry restriction is not applied to the following categories of foreign citizens:
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.
* 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); ".
A Uniform Electronic Visa will be Introduced in Russia as of the Beginning of 2021. The Regulations on the procedure for its arranging were approved by Mikhail Mishustin, Chairman of the Government, on November 07, 2020. Download the document>>
The electronic visa will be arranged at a specially set up site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or using a mobile application. It may be obtained for tourist, business, humanitarian and guest trips. At that, the foreign citizen will not require any invitations, hotel bookings or any other documents confirming the purpose of the trip. It is enough to fill out a form, upload a personal photo and a copy of your international passport, pay a consular fee of USD 40 (free of charge for children under 6 years of age) and wait for a notice.
The electronic visa processing shall take no longer than four days. The visa will be valid for 60 days from the date of its receipt, but the foreign citizen may stay in Russia on the basis thereof for no more than 16 days. These terms may be extended in force majeure circumstances by the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
When crossing the border with Russia, the foreign citizen must show a printed notice of arranging the electronic visa and his/her international passport.
A pilot electronic visa project was launched in 2017 and included a number of restrictions. Foreign citizens with electronic visas could only enter Russia through a number of checkpoints in the Far Eastern Federal District, St. Petersburg and Leningrad and Kaliningrad Regions. And they were not allowed to travel outside those regions. As of now, the electronic visa will be applicable throughout Russia. Foreign citizens will be able to cross the border via the checkpoints in many regions, and travel throughout Russia.
The introduction of uniform electronic visas will promote tourism, enhance the investment attractions of the Russian regions and boost the national economy as a whole.
Earlier, Mikhail Mishustin approved the list of states which citizens will be able to obtain the electronic visa and the list of border checkpoints>> through which it is possible to cross the border on the basis of such document.