Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Location:  Russia, country-wide

Event:  Update: Registering for Special Charter Flights to the United States

U.S. Mission Russia continues to work on passenger lists for special chartered flights for U.S. citizens and, if space is available, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).  We anticipate that they will depart Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport on Thursday, April 9, 2020 beginning at 5:45 am.  Passengers may check two bags, with a max weight of 23 kg each. These details are still subject to change.

Please be advised: if you are not a U.S. citizen, for example a Lawful Permanent Resident or other non-U.S. citizen, you MUST complete this form or contact prior to 08:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8.  This is a very firm deadline.  If you do not contact, you will NOT be eligible for a seat on these flights.  United Kingdom immigration rules require us to register your travel in advance in order for you to transit London Heathrow Airport without a visa. 

Individuals who have already contacted U.S. Mission Russia regarding their interest in these flights should have received an email with further instructions, including a request to report to the U.S. Embassy to complete mandatory procedures for ticketing eligibility.  If you registered your interest prior to April 6, but did not receive this e-mail, please contact  Please pay close attention to these instructions as failure to comply may lead to delays or your inability to travel.

These flights will include a Moscow to London Heathrow leg, and an onward connecting flight to one of five cities in the USA served by British Airways: Chicago O’Hare (ORD), New York City (JFK), Washington Dulles (IAD), Boston (BOS), and Los Angeles (LAX).  Note: Seattle is no longer an available destination, and other destinations may be removed by the airline based on demand.  It is the responsibility of the traveler to arrange any further onward travel after arrival to the United States.  As travelers on this flight will transit through London, they will be subject to United Kingdom border regulations.  They are also subject to Presidential Proclamation 9996, which bars entry to the United States of foreign nationals who are not lawful permanent residents or the immediate family members of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents and have been in the United Kingdom within 14 days prior to their entry to the United States.  Accordingly, foreign nationals who are not Lawful Permanent Residents or immediate family members of U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents will not be able to travel on this flight.  Please see the paragraph above for instructions for all non-U.S. citizens.

U.S. law requires that departure assistance to private U.S. citizens or third country nationals be provided on a reimbursable basis to the maximum extent practicable.  By taking U.S. government coordinated transport, evacuees are obligated to repay the cost of their transportation.  Passengers will be required to sign a promissory note to guarantee reimbursement to the U.S. government prior to the embassy confirming your seat on a flight.

Pets will not be permitted on these flights.  Please see this link for British Airway’s definition of a service animal.  British Airways reserves the right to refuse boarding any animal that does not fit their definition.

We will prioritize potential passengers in the following order:

  1. U.S. citizens at higher risk from COVID-19 along with their immediate household family members. Consistent with current CDC guidance, priority will be given to older adults (65 years and older) and people of any age with significant underlying health conditions that place them at higher risk of severe illness if exposed to COVID-19.
  2. S. citizen minors (under 18) and their U.S. citizen parent(s)/legal guardian(s) or one foreign national parent/legal guardian or escort.
  3. Adult U.S. citizens in need of medical assistance who do not fall into a higher priority group.
  4. All other U.S. citizens, generally on a first come, first served basis.
  5. All Lawful Permanent Residents (who do not qualify for a higher priority), generally on a first come, first served basis.
  6. Other foreign national family members of U.S. citizens.
  7. Eligible non-U.S. citizens who are seriously ill or injured or whose lives are in imminent peril (but who do not qualify for a higher priority).
  8. Other eligible persons.

All travelers must have a valid travel document to enter the United States.

If you have not already indicated your interest in a possible charter flight with us, please immediately proceed to the link below and fill out all the requested information for each member of your traveling party.

Click here to register interest in a potential charter flight.

Continued Communication: Also, please continue to monitor our website and ensure you are enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).   We will issue Health and Travel alerts on a regular basis and email you directly when we have additional information regarding charter flights.  In case of emergency, please reach out to us via the following points of contact – Emergency Contact List.

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