Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (September 24, 2020)

Location:  Russia

Event:  As COVID-19 case numbers continue to rapidly increase in Moscow and Russia, this alert recommends that U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents traveling to or residing in Russia continue to exercise caution to limit exposure to COVID-19.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg continue to operate with only limited staff.  U.S. government employees in Russia are restricted in their travel and activities in light of the continued high infection rates in the country.  Limited services for U.S. citizens are available.  Visa services remain suspended except for emergency or mission-critical services.  The U.S. Consulate General in Vladivostok has temporarily suspended operations.

Additional Actions to Take:  

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • Wear masks and gloves in public buildings and maintain a 2 meter (six feet) distance from others at all times until further notice.  Further, the CDC continues to recommend that all U.S. citizens continue to practice physical distancing in their daily lives.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Russia.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.


U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia
+7 495 728-5000
After Hours Emergency Line:  +7 495 728-5000
Website – S. Embassy Moscow 

U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg
+7 (343) 379-3001
After hours – +7 (917) 569-3549
Website – U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg

U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok
+7 (423) 230-0070
After hours – +7 (914) 791-0067
Website – U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Russia Country Information

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