Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia – Renew Your Passport Now (May 12, 2022)

Location:  Throughout Russia

Do you know when your passport expires?  Russian immigration law is very strict and requires U.S. citizens living and traveling in Russia to maintain a valid U.S. passport.  As a reminder, Russian visas in an expired or canceled passport are not valid.  Due to Russian government-imposed staffing restrictions, the U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services is extremely limited and the embassy can only issue limited validity, one-year emergency passports for U.S. citizens with an emergency need.  U.S. citizens needing regular, full-validity, passport renewals need to seek passport assistance at embassies and consulates in neighboring countries, so please plan ahead.  For more information about renewing your passport, please see Embassy Moscow’s website at or our website at

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the Department of State’s Travel Advisory level for Russia is “Level 4: Do Not Travel” and the Department of State continues to advise that U.S. citizens should depart Russia immediately.  Please read the Travel Advisory for Russia (here).

Actions to Take:

  • Check the validity of your passport.
  • Renew your passport now if you have less than 6 months validity.
  • Always carry proper identification, including a valid U.S. passport with a current Russian visa
  • Have a contingency plan that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.


U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs