Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (April 5, 2020)

Location:  Russia, country-wide

Event:  Update on Possible Charter Flight

The Department of State has arranged 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.  This schedule is still subject to change.

These flights will include a Moscow to London Heathrow leg, and an onward connecting flight to one of six cities in the USA served by British Airways: Chicago O’Hare (ORD), New York City (JFK), Washington Dulles (IAD), Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX), and Seattle (SEA).  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 will also be 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 day prior to their entry to the United States.  Accordingly, foreign nationals who are not LPRs or immediate family members of U.S. citizens or LPRs will not be able to travel on this flight.

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 a 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.

We are required by U.S. government regulation to 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. U.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 LPRs (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.

Individuals who have contacted U.S. Mission Russia regarding their interest in these flights will begin to receive emails over the next several days with further instructions.  Please pay close attention to these instructions as failure to comply may lead to delays or your inability to travel.

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.

Additional Actions to Take:  

-Consult the  CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

-For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.

-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.