COVID-19 Information

This information was updated on March 30, 2020.

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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 States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips.  If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.

Travel to the U.S.

  • The U.S. Embassy in Moscow is aware that commercial flights out of Russia have been severely curtailed or cancelled and is continuing to monitor the situation. According to media reports, Aeroflot announced that it will continue to operate flights to New York, Brussels, London, Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Rome, Amsterdam, Geneva and Paris.  The Government of the Russian Federation has made clear its priority to operate limited flights until all Russian citizens abroad are returned home.  The situation remains fluid, and we strongly encourage U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States to make immediate plans to do so by contacting airlines directly, as company websites may not reflect the most up to date ticketing information.
  • U.S. Embassy Moscow is exploring the possibility of chartering flights.  Please note that each traveler will be responsible for the costs related to his or her own chartered airfare.  Further information about these potential flights will be disseminated via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. 
  • 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.
  • Entry bans do not apply to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens.
  • U.S. citizens who have been in the Schengen zone in the last 14 days, please visit www.CDC.gov and www.dhs.gov for more information. Please be advised that self-quarantine regulations also apply to U.S. citizens who transit Schengen zone countries on their return to the United States.

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of March 30, the Government of the Russian Federation has reported 1,836 cumulative cases of coronavirus. Media outlets have reported 9 fatalities.
  • As of March 27, Russia has reported conducting 223,509 tests for the coronavirus, and Russian doctors continue to monitor 145,134 citizens who have traveled overseas or who have been in contact with COVID-positive individuals. Two fatalities have been reported.
  • Two laboratories in Moscow have confirmed that they can test for Coronavirus, using polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
  • Mandatory temperature screenings and other diagnostic and protective measures are being implemented at international airports and other major transit hubs. For a detailed account of efforts underway by the Government of the Russian Federation to address coronavirus, please refer to the link in the Local Resources section.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Effective March 30, the Government of the Russian Federation announced that it will close Russia’s land borders to passenger transport indefinitely in order to combat the spread of coronavirus.
  • Effective March 18, the Government of the Russian Federation banned the entry of all foreign nationals until May 1.  The ban does not apply to diplomats, airplane crew members,  permanent residents of the Russian Federation, or transit passengers.
  • Effective March 13, the Government of the Russian Federation banned entry of Italian citizens into Russia.
  • Effective March 1, the Government of the Russian Federation restricted entry of South Koreans into Russia. South Koreans may only enter the Russian Federation via Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow.
  • Effective February 28, the Government of the Russian Federation banned all entry of Iranian citizens into Russia.
  • Effective February 20, the Government of the Russian Federation banned entry of Chinese nationals into Russia, except for transit purposes.
  • There are no new requirements on entry to Russia or exit from Russia specifically for U.S. citizens.
  • Please refer to the State Department’s Country Specific Information on the Russian Federation for detailed information about entry/exit requirements.

Travel Restrictions:

  • Effective March 30, the City of Moscow government has announced citywide self-isolation order meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. This order mandates all individuals present in Moscow, regardless of age, self-isolate in their place of residence until further notice. According to the published decree, leaving one’s place of residence is permitted only for the following: seeking emergency medical care or other direct threats to life and health; traveling to and from work if required to do so; shopping at the nearest existing store or pharmacy; walking pets at a distance not to exceed 100 meters from one’s residence; taking out household garbage. Authorities require all those outside their residences to observe social distancing of 1.5 meters, with taxis being the only exception. Individuals within Moscow found to be infected with COVID-19 but who display only mild symptoms are to be treated under the supervision of doctors at home and will receive antiviral drugs.
  • The Government of the Russian Federation announced that no new guests will be accepted in Russian hotels from March 28 – June 1.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Moscow is aware that commercial flights out of Russia have been severely curtailed or cancelled and is continuing to monitor the situation. According to media reports, Aeroflot announced that it will continue to operate flights to New York, Brussels, London, Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Rome, Amsterdam, Geneva and Paris.  The Government of the Russian Federation has made clear its priority to operate limited flights until all Russian citizens abroad are returned home.  The situation remains fluid, and we strongly encourage U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States to make immediate plans to do so by contacting airlines directly, as company websites may not reflect the most up to date ticketing information.
  • The U.S. Embassy Moscow is exploring the possibility of chartering flights.  Please note that each traveler will be responsible for the costs related to his or her own chartered airfare.  Further information about these potential flights will be disseminated via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. 
  • Effective March 20, Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow announced that its international terminals E and C will be closed for arrivals and departures from March 20 to April 30.
  • Effective March 20, the Government of the Russian Federation will limit commercial flights to the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. Regular flights between Moscow – New York, Moscow – London, and Moscow – Abu Dhabi will continue, operated via Sheremetyevo International Airport.
  • Effective March 16, air travel between Russia and countries of the European Union, Norway, and Switzerland will be limited to flights between Moscow and capital cities.
  • Effective March 13, the Government of the Russian Federation restricted flight routes between Russia and Italy, France, Germany, and Spain.
  • Effective March 1, the Government of the Russian Federation restricted flight routes between Vladivostok and South Korea. South Korean citizens may only be transported out of Vladivostok to South Korea, and only Russian citizens and citizens of the Eurasian Economic Union member states can be transported from South Korea into Vladivostok.
  • Effective February 28, the Government of the Russian Federation restricted some flight routes between Iran and Russia.

Quarantine Information:

  • From March 28 – April 5, the Government of the Russian Federation has declared a holiday for all Russians in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. In Moscow, and many other cities, all businesses except for grocery stores and pharmacies will be temporarily closed. Restaurants may provide delivery services only. All individuals are strongly encouraged to stay home, except to obtain food, medication or emergency medical services.
  • From March 26 – April 14, individuals who are 65 years and older in Moscow must self-quarantine.
  • Effective March 16, travelers from the United States to Moscow are subject to a fourteen-day self-quarantine. Visit the website of the City of Moscow government for additional information on these new measures.
  • We strongly recommend that all U.S. citizen travelers subject to such quarantine and travelling to Moscow comply with all requested quarantine measures.
  • As of March 16, travelers also arriving to Moscow from China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Effective March 7, the city government of Moscow 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.
  • Quarantines have taken place for Chinese nationals travelling to the Russian Federation prior to the travel ban who displayed signs of illness upon arrival.
  • Quarantines have also been imposed for all confirmed cases of coronavirus in Russia.
  • The Moscow Department of Health maintains a hotline for further information and updates +7 495 870-45-09.

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