Open with restrictions

Russia Travel Restrictions

31.82% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 30.78% last week
Unvaccinated visitors from the United Kingdom need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Russia.

For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from Russia for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.


Russia entry details and exceptions

Russian citizens and those who have residence permit are allowed to enter the country.

Russian nationals arriving by air are required to register in an electronic form prior to arrival in the country.


Outgoing travel to RussiaTravelling from the United Kingdom to Russia

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Unvaccinated visitors from the United Kingdom must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Russia.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Details and exceptions

Russian nationals arriving in the country must be tested with COVID-19 PCR taken within 3 calendar days from the date of arrival. The result must be uploaded in the electronic form.

Fully vaccinated individuals and individuals who recovered from COVID-19 are exempt from test requirement.

Quarantine requirements

Unvaccinated visitors from the United Kingdom will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Russia.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

Travelers entering Russia for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are subject to a 14-day self-isolation upon arrival. All other arrivals are not required to self-isolate if fully vaccinated or if they can show a negative rt-pcr test certificate.

Travelers who do not provide the above documentation will be required to take a PCR test for COVID-19 at their own expense within three days of arriving in Russia.

Documents
Medical Insurance Policy

Permitted arrivals must present a medical insurance policy (VHI) that must be valid throughout Russia and cover a possible case of COVID-19 infection.


Return travelReturning to the United Kingdom from Russia

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from Russia must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departure to the United Kingdom.

Details and exceptions

Travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test (a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as an LFD (lateral flow device) test) taken any time in the 3 days before the departure date. If a traveler is changing flight, the test should be taken in the 3 days of the final departure point to UK.

The test result must be in either English, French or Spanish. Translations will not be accepted.

Travelers could be fined £500 if they are unable to present a pre-departure test.

Travelers from the Common Travel Area (the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Ascension, Falkland Islands and St Helena) and children who are 0-10 years old going to England (0-11 years old for children going to Wales, Scotland and NI) are exempt from the pre-departure testing requirement.

Quarantine requirements

Unvaccinated visitors returning from Russia will need to quarantine for 10 days upon entering the United Kingdom.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

All travelers including vaccinated individuals who are mandated to quarantine in a managed hotel must be administered with day 2 and day 8 test. They will be required to continue their quarantine period regardless of the result of their day 2 test. For travelers who have positive result, quarantine will start from the date after the result of their day 2 test and they no longer need to use the day 8 test.

For travelers who will have a positive result after using the day 8 test, they will need to quarantine further. They will have to finish the quarantine starting from the date after the result of their day 8 test.

Travelers who have both negative result for day 2 and day 8 test will be out of the 10-day quarantine from the day they arrived in the country.

Travelers going to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are advised to check further details regarding their quarantine.

Documents
Mandatory passenger locator form

Submit the form any time in the 48 hours before arriving in the UK. Show the form when checking in your plane, train or ferry to the UK.

Managed quarantine package for Scotland

All travelers arriving directly to Scotland are required to book their Managed Quarantine Package prior to travel.

COVID-19 testing package

All travelers must book and pay for a COVID-19 Testing Package prior to travel to England and Scotland.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for Russia

Masks:Required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

FAQs

  • Unvaccinated visitors from the United Kingdom need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Russia.

  • Fully vaccinated visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Russia.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from the United Kingdom need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Russia.

  • Fully vaccinated travelers coming from the United Kingdom are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result. Unvaccinated travellers coming from the United Kingdom will need a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure.

  • Fully vaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom are not required to quarantine. Unvaccinated travelers from the United Kingdom are required to isolate for 14 days. Please read the details under the "Quarantine Requirements" section.

  • Mask usage in Russia is required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.

  • Restaurants in Russia are open with restrictions. Bars in Russia are open with restrictions.