COVID-19 Information

This information was updated on July 1, 2020

Please read the latest Global Health AlertThe 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.  At present the Department of State is making every effort to assist U.S. citizens overseas who wish to return to the United States.  As the Covid-19 situation develops, our ability to provide such assistance working with commercial airlines or arranging for evacuation flights may become more limited or even unavailable.  In recent weeks, commercial airlines have significantly reduced flight schedules and countries have closed airports and borders with little advance notice.  If you wish to return to the United States, you should make arrangements to do so now and contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for assistance as needed.  There is no guarantee that the Department of State will be able to continue to provide repatriation assistance and transportation options to the United States may be unavailable in the future.  If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to remain where you are for the foreseeable future.

  • As of July 1, the Government of the Russian Federation has reported 654,405 cumulative cases of coronavirus and 9,536 attributed fatalities.
  • Two laboratories in Moscow have confirmed that they can test for Coronavirus, using polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
  • As of July 1, the European Union (EU) has extended the ban on entry of American citizens to the Schengen zone, which comprises most of the EU. There are a limited number of exceptions; U.S. passengers may continue to transit through the Schengen zone. Please note that American citizens who have traveled to the Schengen zone in the last 14 days, even if just transiting airports, are subject to a 14-day self-quarantine upon return to the U.S. The CDC recommends U.S. citizens self-isolate following any international trip.

Quarantine Information:

  • We strongly recommend that all U.S. citizens subject to quarantine in Russia comply with all requested quarantine measures.
  • The Government of the Russian Federation has announced the end of the federal non-working period, which was implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19, and the government has begun gradually lifting restrictions.  Individual regions, however, set their own rules regarding self-isolation, opening of businesses, and movement of people, based on conditions in each region.  Please check with the local government for current restrictions. 
  • The city of Moscow has announced significant easing of restrictions, removing most limits on people and businesses.  However, despite the official easing of public restrictions and limitations, the threat of COVID-19 infection and spread remains serious and prevalent.  We encourage all U.S. citizens to continue with practices that help protect against and slow the spread of COVID-19.  Wear masks at all times in public places, and anywhere you can’t maintain more than six feet of distance from others.  Wash your hands frequently.  Avoid crowded places and crowded means of transport.  For a more comprehensive lists of practices to keep yourself and others safe, please visit www.cdc.gov.  
  • Individuals in Moscow are no longer required to self-isolate in their place of residence, or to obtain a digital pass to move about the city.  In addition, a host of businesses are allowed to open, including salons, veterinary clinics, theaters, employment agencies, and cemeteries.  Beginning June 16, dentists, museums, sporting events (with limited attendance), and accounting, legal, consulting, and advertising firms may open; restaurants may offer outdoor seating to guests.  As of June 23, restaurants, cafes, gyms, libraries, saunas, swimming pools, day care, playgrounds, social welfare offices, and sports facilities will be allowed to reopen. 
  •  Moscow city authorities require wearing a mask at all times outside of place of residence, including while walking on the street.  Wearing gloves also is mandatory when entering any building and on public transportation.  These requirements remain in place despite easing of other restrictions.  The city government still advises everyone to maintain a 1.5 meter distance from others at all times.  In addition, as of May 12, the city of St. Petersburg requires all individuals to wear a mask and gloves in all public places, including stores, taxis, public transportation, and on the street.  These requirements apply to U.S. citizens and violators can be fined.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Travel to the U.S.

The Government of the Russian Federation has severely curtailed or cancelled most international flights in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  All land borders remain closed to passenger transport until further notice.

On April 9, 102 U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents departed Russia in route to the United States on a flight chartered by the U.S. Government.   

We are aware that there are U.S. citizens who were not able to take advantage of this flight.  While there are no plans currently for additional chartered flights, we continue to monitor various sources of information for updates on the availability of future commercial airline flights.  We will provide updates as we have further information.   

Continued Communication:

Please continue to monitor our website and ensure you are enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  We will continue to issue Health and Travel alerts on a regular basis and email you directly when we have additional information regarding flights.  In case of emergency, please reach out to us via the following points of contact – Emergency Contact ListThe U.S. Mission Russia team is here to support you and are working day and night to facilitate your safe return to the United States.

  • 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 to the United States 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, China, or the United Kingdom 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 these countries on their return to the United States.

Country-Specific Information:

  • 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:

  • The Russian Government has extended a grace period on immigration documents, including visas, residence permits, and migration registration until September 15, 2020. Documents that expire during this period are automatically extended until September 15, 2020. For work permits, employers may apply to extend their validity. The Russian Government has not clarified procedures for handling expiring documents beyond September 15, 2020.
  • As of June 8, the Russian government allows entry of foreigners for medical treatment or in order to care for relatives in Russia.
  • Effective March 18, the Government of the Russian Federation banned the entry of all foreign nationals.  The ban does not apply to diplomats, airplane crew members, permanent residents of the Russian Federation, or transit passengers.  
  • There are no new requirements on 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:

  • The Government of the Russian Federation announced that no new guests will be accepted in Russian hotels from March 28 – June 1.
  • Effective March 27, the Government of the Russian Federation ended all regular commercial airline flights.  Limited charter flights continue to repatriate Russian citizens from abroad.

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