Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Russia, country-wide

 Event:  Daily COVID-19 Update for U.S. Citizens in the Russian Federation

Effective March 30, the Government of the Russian Federation announced that it will close all land borders to passenger transport until further notice in order to combat the spread of coronavirus.

We are aware that commercial flights out of Russia have been severely curtailed or cancelled and we are 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.

Additionally, we are exploring the possibility of private charter flights should commercial flights be suspended.  Further information about these flights, should they become necessary, will be disseminated through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  Please encourage your friends and family members abroad to register.

If you are unable to arrange a commercial flight home to the U.S. from the Russian Federation and wish to register your interest in a possible charter flight in the future, please follow the steps below.  Please keep in mind that charter flights are generally more expensive than commercial options, and each traveler is responsible for the cost of their ticket.

1) Ensure you are enrolled in STEP and that your information is accurate and up to date; AND

2) Send an email to with the following information for each member of your party:

Full name:
Passport number:
Passport expiration date:
Russian visa expiration date:
Citizenship (only for Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S.):
Date of birth:
Email address:
Phone number:
Current location in Russia:
Earliest time you can arrive in Moscow:
Current medical issues or conditions:

Please also provide information for anyone traveling with you.

As a reminder, the Government of the Russian Federation has called for a nationwide, non-working paid holiday from March 28 to April 5, 2020 in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Please read the Health and Travel Alert to U.S. citizens.  Russian officials have announced that grocery stores, pharmacies, and government offices will remain open during this period, but all other enterprises would close.  U.S. citizens should be aware that public and private institutions throughout the Russian Federation may be closed or may restrict access in accordance with this decree.  This may limit access to goods and services within the country.  As the Russian Government implements enhanced measures to reduce spread of COVID-19, travelers should be prepared for additional, more stringent travel restrictions to go into effect with little or no advance notice.   The U.S. Mission to Russia continues to monitor the situation and will provide information as it becomes available through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg suspended routine citizenship services on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are only processing emergency passports for immediate return to the United States. The U.S. Consulate General in Vladivostok suspended all operations on March 22, and U.S. citizens in that consular district should seek emergency assistance from the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg. Please visit our website in Moscow or Yekaterinburg for information on requesting an appointment for an emergency passport.

U.S. citizens who need urgent assistance, or who have been ordered into quarantine, should contact the U.S. Embassy in Moscow or U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg at the information provided below.

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