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 in Moscow, regardless of age, self-isolate in their place of …

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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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COVID-19 Information

This information was updated on March 30, 2020. You may view all U.S. Mission Russia Alerts here . Please read the latest  Global Health Alert . The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United …

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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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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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