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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Statement by Ambassador John J. Sullivan on U.S. Citizen Trevor Reed

September 24, 2020 Today I visited U.S. citizen Trevor Reed at Vodnik prison, following my visit to him last month. As the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, the health, welfare, and treatment of U.S. citizens are my top priorities. I remain concerned by the treatment of some of my fellow citizens held by Russian authorities. I …

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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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Statement by Ambassador John J. Sullivan on Conviction of U.S. Citizen Trevor Reed

Today, U. S. citizen Trevor Reed was convicted in a Russian court following a trial in which the prosecution’s case and the evidence presented against Mr. Reed were so preposterous that they provoked laughter in the courtroom. Even the judge laughed. This conviction, and a sentence of nine years, for an alleged crime that so …

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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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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 28, 2020)  

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 website. A direct flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to New York (JFK) …

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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 (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 (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 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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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 (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 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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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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Information Resources for COVID-19, Presidential Proclamation, and its Impact on Travel to the U.S.

Please read the latest Global Health Alert and be advised that the U.S. Department of State currently advises all U.S. citizens to reconsider travel due to risks posed by COVID-19 coronavirus For the most current information regarding COVID-19, the March 11 Presidential proclamation, and its impact on travel to the United States, please visit  www.dhs.gov  and  www.whitehouse.gov . The restrictions …

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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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Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) Offered February 5 at U.S. Embassy Moscow

U.S. Embassy Moscow will be offering the Foreign Service Officer Test on February 5, 2020, from 09:00 – 16:00. Test takers have the option of reserving a seat for the morning test session from 09:00 – 12:00 or the afternoon session from 13:00 – 16:00. Six seats are available for each session. The deadline to …

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Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Risch Travels to Russia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Media Note June 4, 2018   Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel June 3-9 to Russia, Kazakhstan, and the Kyrgyz Republic to participate in a series of meetings with U.S. diplomats and foreign government authorities. While on this trip, …

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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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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Unit New Address

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, moved to a new location. New address : 8 Bolshoy Deviatinsky Pereulok, 121099, Moscow, Russia Please note new Security Regulations: Applicants are not permitted to enter the U.S. Embassy/Consulate while carrying any of the following items: Electronic devices: cellular phones, photo cameras, video cameras, laptop computers, tablets …

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U.S. Mission to Russia Statement

August 21, 2017 Russia’s decision to reduce the United States’ diplomatic presence here calls into question Russia’s seriousness about pursuing better relations.  We will maintain sufficient staff to carry out essential elements of our mission. Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be …

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Fact Sheet

August 21, 2017 As a result of the Russian government’s personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission, all nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations across Russia will be suspended beginning August 23, 2017.  Visa operations will resume on a greatly reduced scale.  Beginning September 1, nonimmigrant visa interviews will be conducted only at the U.S. Embassy in …

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