NOTICE for U.S. Citizen Travelers

STEP: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program Subscribe to get up-to-date safety and security information and help us reach you in an emergency abroad. U.S. Citizens Travelers: Please enroll in  step.state.gov  to receive alerts & ensure you can be located in an emergency. U. S. Citizens in an Emergency: In Case of Emergency: Call 1-888-407-4747 (U.S./Canada); +1-202-501-4444 (overseas); or contact the nearest …

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COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  10/16/2020 Country-Specific Information: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy Moscow advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Russia. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in the Russian Federation have limited capacity to assist U.S. citizens in the event of an emergency. The Russian Federation is one of countries most affected by the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (September 24, 2020)

Location:  Russia Event:  As COVID-19 case numbers continue to rapidly increase in Moscow and Russia, this alert recommends that U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents traveling to or residing in Russia continue to exercise caution to limit exposure to COVID-19. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg continue to operate with …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location: Russia, countrywide Event: The Government of Russia is currently holding a series of regional and local elections. Twenty-eight regions and numerous municipalities will open polls today through Sunday. There will likely be lines outside polling stations or crowds in other public areas. There is also the potential for authorized and/or unauthorized demonstrations preceding and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 27-October 4 #Vote2020

Be an active voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In some states, voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the November 2020 elections are as early as October 5th.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia: COVID-19 Testing Requirement For All Foreigners Traveling to Russia

Event:  The Russian Government recently updated COVID-19 testing requirements for all foreigners traveling to Russia. The Russian government now 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 …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

Location: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg, Khabarovsk, and other cities, Russia Event: The Embassy is aware of social media posts calling for Russian citizens to participate in unsanctioned gatherings tomorrow, August 15 at 14:00 local time, at Pushkin Square in central Moscow, at the SEC Gallery and near Gostiny Dvor in St. Petersburg, near the …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

Location: Khabarovsk ‎and other cities in the Far East and Siberia   Event: The Embassy is aware of media reports of recurring protests in Khabarovsk ‎and other cities in the Far East and Siberia, including:   In Khabarovsk, at Lenin Square and continuing along Muravyeva-Amurskogo and Turgeneva Streets on weekends at noon and on weekdays after work, …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

Location: Moscow and other cities in Russia Event:  The Embassy is aware of reports that protests may take place at Pushkin Square in Moscow at 2:00 pm local time as well as in other cities in Russia today, August 1, 2020.  U.S. citizens should avoid these demonstrations and any other demonstration-related activities.   Actions to Take: …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

The Embassy is aware of reports that protests may take place at Lenin Square in Khabarovsk and Revolution Square in Vladivostok on Saturday,July 18, around 12:00 p.m. local time. Earlier protests in Khabarovsk also included marches from Lenin Square up Muravyeva-Amurskogo Street and Turgeneva Street toward the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral. U.S. citizens should avoid these demonstrations and any …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Russia

The Embassy is aware of reports that protests may take place at Lenin Square in Khabarovsk and Revolution Square in Vladivostok on Saturday,July 18, around 12:00 p.m. local time. Earlier protests in Khabarovsk also included marches from Lenin Square up Muravyeva-Amurskogo Street and Turgeneva Street toward the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral. U.S. citizens should avoid these demonstrations and any …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location: Russia, countrywide Event:   Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in many parts of the country, increasing the possibility of encountering public gatherings.  There is also the potential for authorized and/or unauthorized demonstrations in the days preceding and subsequent to the conclusion of nationwide voting on July 1.  Should there be any demonstrations, a heavy police …

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Demonstration Alert from Embassy Moscow

Location: Moscow, Russia Event: The Embassy is aware of reports of protests taking place in central Moscow, including Lubyanka Square and Prospekt Academician Sakharov.  U.S. citizens should avoid these demonstrations and any other demonstration-related activities.  Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates. Avoid the areas. Avoid crowds. Avoid demonstrations. Notify friends and family of …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Routine Aeroflot Flights to New York (JFK) Aeroflot continues to operate weekly flights to the United States.  Most of these flights route from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) directly to New York (JFK).  Due to the consistency of these flights and the availability of tickets for purchase on Aeroflot’s website , the Embassy …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (June 16, 2020) 

Event:  Extension of Temporary Stay or Permanent Residency of Foreigners in Russia Until September 15, 2020  President Putin signed a decree extending the temporary stay or permanent residency of foreigners and stateless persons in the Russian Federation until September 15.  This decree applies to immigration documents, including visas, residence permits, and migration registration, that have …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (June 15, 2020)

Event:  Reminder of Upcoming Aeroflot flights to New York Aeroflot direct flights from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York (JFK) are scheduled to depart on Tuesday, June 16, and Sunday, June 21, at 14:15. Tickets are still on sale via Aeroflot’s website. Please note that the Embassy is not creating lists of potential passengers, …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (June 8, 2020)  ) 

Aeroflot direct flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York (JFK) are scheduled to depart on Tuesday, June 9, and on Sunday, June 14, at 14:15. Tickets are on sale via Aeroflot’s website. Please note that the Embassy is not creating lists of potential passengers, nor are we involved in the selection or ticketing …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (June 5, 2020) 

Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Reminder of Upcoming Aeroflot flights to New York Aeroflot direct flights from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York (JFK) are scheduled to depart on Sunday, June 7, and Tuesday, June 9, at 14:15.  Tickets are still on sale via Aeroflot’s website . Please note that the Embassy is not creating lists of …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (June 1, 2020)

Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (June 1, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:   Upcoming Aeroflot flights to New York Aeroflot has recently announced that direct flights from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York (JFK) are scheduled to depart on Sunday, June 7, and Tuesday, June 9, at 14:15.  Tickets are on sale via …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (May 28, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:   Upcoming Aeroflot flights to New York and Miami Aeroflot has recently announced a direct flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to Miami International Airport.  This flight is scheduled to depart on Saturday, May 30, at 11:00.  Tickets are on sale via Aeroflot’s …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (May 24, 2020)

Tickets are on sale via Aeroflot’s website for a flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York, JFK. This flight is scheduled to depart on Saturday, May 30 at 14:15. Please note that the Embassy is not creating lists of potential passengers, nor are we involved in the selection or ticketing of passengers for Aeroflot flights. …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (May 18, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:   Upcoming Aeroflot flight to New York Tickets are now on sale on Aeroflot’s website for a flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York, JFK on Saturday, May 23, departing at 14:15. Please note that the Embassy is not creating lists of …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (May 6, 2020)  

Event:  Upcoming Aeroflot flights to Frankfurt (May 8) and New York (May 14) Tickets are now on sale on Aeroflot’s website for a flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to Frankfurt (FRA) on Friday, May 8, departing at 15:30. Onward travel options are available from Frankfurt to the United States.

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Upcoming Aeroflot flight to New York, Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt Aeroflot informed the U.S. Embassy that it is planning a flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York-JFK on Friday, May 8 departing at 14:15. Tickets are not yet available on Aeroflot’s website. We encourage any interested travelers to check …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Upcoming Aeroflot flights to New York, London, and Paris Tickets are now for sale on Aeroflot’s website for a flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York-JFK on Tuesday, April 28 departing at 14:15. Tickets are now for sale on Aeroflot’s website for a flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to London-LHR on …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 20, 2020)

Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 20, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Tickets on sale for Aeroflot flight from Moscow to New York on April 24 and Electronic Pass Requirements for Travel to Moscow Tickets are now for sale on Aeroflot’s website for their flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York-JFK on Friday, April …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 17, 2020)  

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 17, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Electronic Pass Requirements for Travel to Moscow and Reports of Aeroflot Suspending Flight Operations Through July 2020 Important information for U.S. citizen and legal permanent residents traveling to Moscow in order to depart the Russian Federation via commercial flights: The Moscow City government implemented …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 17, 2020)

Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 17, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Tickets on Sale for Aeroflot Flight on April 17 Tickets are now for sale on Aeroflot’s website for their flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York-JFK on Friday, April 17 at 14:15. Please note that the Embassy is not …

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SECOND Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 16, 2020) 

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 16, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Possible Aeroflot Flight on April 17 Aeroflot is seeking permission to operate a flight departing Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York-JFK on Friday, April 17 at 14:15.  As with previous recent flights, Aeroflot requires governmental permission to operate these special flights.  This permission typically …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 16, 2020) 

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 16, 2020) Location: Russia, country-wide Event:  Rumors of Aeroflot Flight to the United States on April 20 The U.S. Embassy is aware of rumors of a possible Aeroflot flight departing Moscow-SVO to New York-JFK on Monday, April 20. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 15, 2020)

Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Departure of Aeroflot Flight SU102 to the United States on April 14, 2020 Yesterday, approximately twenty U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents departed Moscow for New York-JFK via an Aeroflot commercial flight.  These passengers were able to purchase tickets directly through Aeroflot at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow. We have heard …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 14, 2020)

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 14, 2020) Location: Russia, country-wide Event: Moscow Electronic Pass System Takes Effect on April 15 The Moscow City Government is implementing an electronic pass system to regulate vehicular travel within and into the city. The new rules are set to take effect April 15 and apply to all …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 14, 2020) 

Aeroflot has just informed U.S. Mission Russia that the airline will run a commercial flight to New York-JFK airport at 14:15 (2:15 p.m.) today, April 14.  All tickets must be purchased directly from Aeroflot’s website or their ticketing counter.  Please direct all questions to Aeroflot.  The U.S. Embassy is not involved in the selection of …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 13, 2020) 

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 13, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Limited Commercial Flights    We are following reports of limited commercial flights on Aeroflot to Europe and the United States.  These flights are planned to repatriate Russian citizens, but you may be able to buy tickets directly from Aeroflot.  Aeroflot flights …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 10, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Limited Commercial Flights We are following reports of limited commercial flights on Aeroflot to Europe and the United States.  These flights are planned to repatriate Russian citizens, but you may be able to buy tickets directly from Aeroflot.  Aeroflot flights are …

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Ambassador Sullivan’s Video Message (April 9, 2020)

Ambassador Sullivan: “The Mission Russia team has been working day and night to facilitate a charter flight for U.S. citizens & LPRs so they can return to the U.S. I’m pleased that the flight successfully departed Moscow this morning to help these travelers start their journey home.”

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 9, 2020) 

Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 9, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Departure of Special Chartered Flight   This morning 102 U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents departed Russia in route to the United States on a flight chartered by the U.S. gGovernment.    We are aware that there are U.S. citizens who were …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 8, 2020) 

Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 8, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Additional Information on Thursday April 9 Chartered Flight and Departure of Aeroflot Flight   Yesterday a number of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents departed Russia and successfully landed in New York.  We are working hard to confirm who was on the …

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SECOND UPDATE: Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 7, 2020) 

Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 7, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Departure of Aeroflot Flight and Additional Information on Thursday April 9 Chartered Flights  Departure of Aeroflot Flight:  Today’s Aeroflot flight departed Moscow and is currently on the way to New York City.  If you previously registered interest with the U.S. …

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UPDATE: Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 7, 2020) 

Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 7, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Time Change – Aeroflot Flight to New York JFK at 18:00 Today, April 7  Aeroflot has informed U.S. Mission Russia that the airline has changed the departure time for today’s planned flight from 14:15 to 18:00 (6 p.m.).  Ticketing for …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Update: Registering for Special Charter Flights to the United States U.S. Mission Russia continues to work on passenger lists for special chartered flights for U.S. citizens and, if space is available, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).  We anticipate that they will depart Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport on Thursday, April 9, 2020 beginning …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 5, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Update on Possible Charter Flight The Department of State has arranged special chartered flights for U.S. citizens and, if space is available, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).  We anticipate that they will depart Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport on Thursday, April 9, 2020 …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 4, 2020)

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 4, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Update on Possible Charter Flight  The U.S. Mission to Russia team continues to pursue a charter flight for our fellow U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States.  As of this moment, we anticipate a mid-week departure from Moscow. …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 3, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Daily COVID-19 Update for U.S. Citizens in the Russian Federation Cancellation of Flight SU102: The U.S. Mission Russia is aware of the unfortunate and unexpected cancellation of Aeroflot flight 102 today.  To those of you who were boarded on that flight …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 2, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Daily COVID-19 Update for U.S. Citizens in the Russian Federation  Please review the Level 4: Do Not Travel, Global Health Advisory, updated on March 31, linked here .  At present the Department of State is making every effort to assist U.S. citizens …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 1, 2020)  Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Daily COVID-19 Update for U.S. Citizens in the Russian Federation Flight Update: U.S. Mission Russia continues to monitor the availability of international flights departing the Russian Federation.  The Aeroflot website is currently selling tickets for an April 3 flight from Moscow to …

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Health and Travel  Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (March 31, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Daily COVID-19 Update for U.S. Citizens in the Russian Federation The Government of the Russian Federation has severely curtailed or cancelled most international flights in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  While Aeroflot initially indicated it would continue limited flights …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (March 30, 2020) Location:  Russia, country-wide   Event:  Implementation of Citywide Self-Isolation Order in Moscow The mayor of Moscow announced a citywide self-isolation order, effective March 30, meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Visit the website of the Mayor of Moscow and the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.  This order mandates all individuals present …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Daily COVID-19 Update for U.S. Citizens in the Russian Federation Effective March 30, the Government of the Russian Federation announced that it will close all land borders to passenger transport until further notice in order to combat the spread of coronavirus. We are aware that commercial flights out of Russia have …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  Daily COVID-19 Update for U.S. Citizens in the Russian Federation Effective March 30, the Government of the Russian Federation announced that it will close all land borders to passenger transport until further notice in order to combat the spread of coronavirus. We are aware that commercial flights out of Russia have been …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (March 28, 2020) 

Location:  Russia, country-wide   Event:  Daily COVID-19 Update for U.S. Citizens in the Russian Federation Yesterday, Ambassador John Sullivan and Acting Minister Counselor of Consular Affairs Catherine Holt conducted a virtual town hall to discuss the latest COVID-19 news in Russia and answer questions pertinent to U.S. citizens at this time.  You may view a recording …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Russia, country-wide  Event:  International Flights Departing from the Russian Federation Effective March 27, the Government of the Russian Federation implemented a restriction on international flights departing the Russian Federation in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.  We are aware of media reports that limited commercial flights may continue to operate to the …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  Nationwide-Holiday and Potential Cancellation of International Flights Departing from the Russian Federation Effective March 27, 2020 The Government of the Russian Federation has called for a nationwide, non-working paid holiday from March 28 to April 5, 2020 in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Russian officials have announced that …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Russia, country-wide Event:  U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok has temporarily suspended operations until further notice.  U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg has assumed responsibility for U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok’s consular district. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg are providing citizenship and visa services on an emergency basis due to the global COVID-19 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia (March 7, 2020) Location: Moscow, Russia Event: The city government of Moscow has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the City of Moscow government  for additional information …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia (February 28, 2020)

Location: Moscow, Russia – Strastnoy Boulevard to Academician Sakharov Avenue, starting at 13:00. Event:  On Saturday, February 29, there will be an authorized march in memory of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov.  The march is scheduled to take place from 13:00 to 16:00, with several thousand expected participants.  Police and media presence are expected.  U.S. citizens …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

January 31, 2020 Location:  Wuhan, Hankou area, China Event:  Due to the ongoing  outbreak of respiratory illness, first identified in Wuhan, China , the U.S. Government issued a Level 4 Do Not Travel Alert on January 30, 2020.  This alert recommends that U.S. citizens avoid travel to China due to the rapid spread of coronavirus.  The Government of the Russian Federation has taken additional steps to control the spread of …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness, first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.  The United States is closely monitoring the situation, and we are actively working with governments and international partners to combat the spread of the outbreak. There are indications that limited person-to-person spread is occurring.  Preliminary information …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location: Russia Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions Heightened tension in the Middle East may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert in locations frequented …

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Message to U.S. Citizens – 2020 Winter Holiday Hours – U.S. Mission Russia

Event:  Due to the U.S. and Russian Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S. Consulates General in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok will be closed December 24-25, 2019, and January 1-8, 2020.  During this time, passport, notarial, and Consular Report of Birth Abroad services will be unavailable. Actions to Take: If …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location: Moscow, Lubyanka Square Event:  According to media reports, there is an active shooter situation near the Federal Security Services (FSB) headquarters building in Lubyanka square.  Police actions related to this incident are ongoing.  U.S. citizens should avoid Lubyanka Square and the surrounding area.  Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates. Avoid the area. …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

During the holiday season, security measures in Russia may be heightened due to potential threats posed by European-based transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as airports, train stations and other transportation hubs, public transportation, Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location:  Russia, countrywide Event:  According to local media reports, dozens of locations throughout Russia recently received telephonic bomb threats. The targeted facilities included court houses, shopping centers, and airports. In all instances, police sweeps of the area did not detect the presence of explosive devices and the calls were considered hoaxes. Local police authorities must …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location:  Russia, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, security measures in Russia may be heightened due to potential threats posed by European-based transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, festivals and …

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Alert: Demonstration – U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg, Russia, October 26, 2019

Location: Ulitsa Belinskogo 232 to Southern Park “Южный парк” (near the corner of Samotsvetnyy Bul’var and Ulitsa Akademika Shvartsa). Yekaterinburg, Russia. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019 beginning at 2 pm to 4 pm. Several political organizations intend to protest the political and economic policies of the Russian government.

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location: Moscow, Russia – Sakharov Square, starting at 3:00 p.m. Event: On Sunday, September 29, protesters plan to gather for an authorized protest at Sakharov Square. The protest is scheduled to take place from 3 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the number of expected participants numbering up to 20,000. A large police and media presence …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location: Moscow, Russia – Chistye Prudy Metro Station, starting at 14:00, continuing along the Boulevard Ring Road, and ending at Pushkin Square. Event:  On Saturday, August 31, protesters plan to gather for an unauthorized political demonstration near Chistye Prudy Metro Station beginning at 14:00 and continuing to Pushkin Square. A large police and media presence is expected. U.S. citizens should avoid the …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

On Saturday, August 17, protesters plan to gather for an authorized political demonstration at Sakharov Prospect, near the Garden Ring Road, beginning at 11:00.  Single-person pickets are also possible around 14:00 at various locations along the Boulevard Ring Road.  Demonstrations over the past weeks resulted in mass arrests, and there were eyewitness accounts of excessive …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg

Location: Yekaterinburg, Russia – The park near the intersection of 8 March and Bolshakova Streets. Event: On Saturday, August 10, 2019, from 2 pm to 9 pm, a rally will be held by the Team Navalny (команда Навального) in support of independent candidates and the release of participants detained during last week’s rallies in Moscow.  The organizers …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

On Saturday, August 10, protesters plan to gather for an authorized political demonstration at Sakharov Prospect, near the Garden Ring Road, beginning at 1400 hours.  After the rally, some protesters indicated plans to embark on unauthorized demonstration marches throughout Moscow, likely towards the city center.  Previous recent demonstrations resulted in over one thousand arrests, and …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location: Moscow, Russia – Moscow Mayor’s Office, Tverskaya 13 Event:  Protestors plan to gather outside the Moscow Mayor’s office on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 14:00 for an unauthorized demonstration.  Heavy police presence is expected. Given the possible size of the protest and likely sizeable police presence, U.S. citizens should avoid the protest site. Actions to Take: …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location: Moscow, Russia ‑ Downtown Moscow near Chistye Prudy Metro Station Event:  Supporters of a jailed Russian journalist have scheduled a protest for June 12, 2019 at 12:00 noon.  A procession from Chistye Prudy Metro to major streets south and west of the initial marshaling area (Myasnitskaya – Lubyanka – Kuznetskiy Most – Stoleshnikov – Bolshaya Dmitrovka …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg, Russia (June 7, 2019)

Location: Yekaterinburg, Russia ‑ Labor Square by the National Liberation Movement (Национально-освободительное движение) (NOD) Event: A rally will be held on Sunday, June 9 to mark the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Donbass from German forces during World War II.  The NOD is an anti-American organization.  Police presence is expected.  U.S. government personnel are advised …

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Alert: Protest/Vigil Alert – U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg, Russia, May 31, 2019

Location: Yekaterinburg, Russia ‑ in front of U.S. Consulate, Yekaterinburg, Gogolya 15A Event: Over the past week, several individuals have been demonstrating against the U.S. Consulate General  on the public sidewalk in front of the Consulate’s entrance.  The Russian police remain committed to controlling the situation and continually monitor each demonstration. U.S. Government personnel are advised …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location:  Russia, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season security measures in Russia remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Moscow and other cities throughout Russia Event:  The Russian Federation will be hosting the 2018 FIFA world Cup starting today June 14 through July 15th in 11 cities throughout Russia. U.S. citizens should be prepared for: Robust police presence in and around sporting venues, Fan Zones, transportations networks, hotels, vehicle checkpoints, and major tourist sites. Large crowds …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Moscow and Yekaterinburg, and other cities throughout Russia Event:  Various organizations are planning to hold unauthorized protests, throughout Russia on May 5 and May 6, 2018.  According to media reports, the following events are planned: Saturday, May 5th Moscow — An unapproved opposition march is scheduled to take place along Tverskaya Street (from Belorusskaya …

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Demonstration Alert U.S. Embassy Moscow

Location:  Throughout Russia Event:  Various organizations are planning to hold rallies, marches, protests, and parades throughout Russia starting on May 1st through May 9th.  According to media reports, the following events are planned: Tuesday, May 1st (May Day) Moscow – Organized trade unions have five approved rallies scheduled to take place in Moscow from 1100 …

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Message to U.S. Citizens – Closure of U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg

Event: Due to the Russian government’s ordered closure of the U.S. Consulate General, effective March 31, we are no longer able to provide services to U.S. citizens in St. Petersburg.  The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S.  Consulates General in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok remain open. Actions to Take: Residents of St. Petersburg’s consular district …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location: Rallies are planned in up to 90 cities throughout Russia.  The large rallies are expected at the following locations: Moscow – A Moscow rally is planned to begin at 2:00 PM on Tverskaya Street.  This rally has not been approved by the Moscow City Administration. Saint Petersburg – A Saint Petersburg rally is planned …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bomb Threats Reported Throughout Russia

Over the last two days bomb threats have been reported throughout Russia.  Local authorities have responded by ordering evacuations of threatened sites.  Schools, cinemas, shopping centers, government buildings, and transportation hubs have been threatened. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General remind U.S. citizens to remain aware of their surroundings at all times, including local events, …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

June 12, 2017 The U.S. Embassy is receiving reports that the organizers of the anti-corruption rally scheduled for today at 2:00pm in Moscow are moving the location to Tverskaya Street. If this is the case clashes with between protesters and police are possible. Use caution in the area and avoid all demonstrations. Violence during protests …

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Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe: Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe. While …

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