Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Russia, Moscow (March 6, 2022)
Event: On March 4, Russian President Putin signed into law a bill criminalizing the spread of information Russia authorities deem as “false information” that contradicts the Russian narrative of its military actions in Ukraine. Persons found guilty of violating the law face up to 15 years in prison and additional fines. Also, the Russia government censorship agency blocked access to social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, and restricted access in Russia to international news outlets. The security situation in Russia can change without notice. U.S. citizens living and traveling in Russia should depart immediately.
The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the Department of State’s Travel Advisory level for Russia is at “Level 4: Do Not Travel” due to the unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces in Ukraine, the potential for harassment against U.S. citizens by Russian government security officials, the Embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia, COVID-19 and related entry restrictions, terrorism, limited flights into and out of Russia, and the arbitrary enforcement of local law. Click here for the full text of the Travel Advisory for Russia.
Actions to Take:
- U.S. citizens should depart Russia immediately.
- Avoid large gatherings in public spaces
- Read the full text of the Travel Advisory for Russia.
- Monitor local and international media
- Familiarize yourself with information on what the U.S. government can and cannot do to assist you in a crisis overseas.
- Have a contingency plan in place that does not rely on U.S. government assistance. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
- Ensure travel documents are valid and easily accessible.
- Visit the CDC’s website on Travel and COVID-19.
- U.S. citizens in Russia in need of assistance should contact the Department of State by:
- Calling +1 606 260 4379 (outside the U.S.) or +1 833 741 2777 (from the U.S.); or
- Emailing MoscowACS@state.gov
- Alternatively, U.S. citizens may schedule routine consular services at any U.S. embassy or consulate. To locate the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate please visit this website.