This information was updated on May 22, 2020
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. 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 May 22, the Government of the Russian Federation has reported 326,448 cumulative cases of coronavirus and 3,249 attributed fatalities.
- Two laboratories in Moscow have confirmed that they can test for Coronavirus, using polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
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
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 List. The 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Many restrictions, however, remain, and many businesses except for pharmacies and grocery stores remain closed. All individuals are strongly encouraged to stay home, except to obtain food, medication or emergency medical services. The cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg have extended closures until May 31 and the city of Yekaterinburg through May 18.
- The City of Moscow government previously announced a citywide self-isolation order meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. The City of Moscow has extended this order until the end of May, while allowing manufacturing and construction companies to resume operations. This order mandates 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.
- As of May 12, the Moscow city government requires all individuals to wear a mask and gloves on public transportation and in commercial establishments, including grocery stores and pharmacies. 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 April 15, the Moscow City government implemented an electronic pass system to regulate vehicular travel within and into the city. The rules apply to all movements via car, taxi, motorcycle, bicycle, scooter, or any form of public transit. These rules apply to U.S. citizens and violations may result in fines between 1,000 to 40,000 rubles, according to media reports. All individuals traveling to or from Moscow airports or railway stations must have a digital pass for the trip. This pass can be applied for via the Moscow City government website or text message. Details and instructions on the electronic pass system can be found at the Moscow City government electronic pass website (English)/(Russian). The Embassy encourages all travelers to visit the site and read the requirements in full. Please see the Moscow City government’s website on COVID-19 for additional information. If you live or are visiting a location outside of Moscow, please check with the local government for applicable restrictions and guidelines.
- 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.
- Please follow this link for news updates from the government of the Russian Federation on efforts to address coronavirus.
- For more information about coronavirus and travel to the Russian Federation, please see the information provided at the links below.
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov — Country Specific Information on the Russian Federation
- Russian Federation Travel Advisory