Statement from U.S. Ambassador John J. Sullivan

April 1, 2021

The United States has informed the Government of the Russian Federation that the U.S. Consulate General in Vladivostok will remain in suspended status.  The U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg will remain open. However, it will suspend visa and American citizen services as of April 1, 2021. 

This decision was made in close consultation with the Secretary of State following a lengthy review of the safety and security of the U.S. diplomatic mission and our personnel in the Russian Federation.

We value our deep connection to the Russian people.  Today, our people-to-people relationships are the bedrock of our bilateral relations.  We will continue to work toward bringing our citizens closer, as we seek a relationship built on strong cooperation where we have common interests and common ground.

Our diplomatic relations with Russia date back more than two hundred years.  The U.S. Embassy in Moscow will continue the important work of representing the United States in Russia as we implement President Biden’s foreign policy agenda.  This includes support for U.S. citizens, advocacy for U.S. business interests, and bilateral and multilateral diplomacy ranging from stopping COVID-19 and strengthening global health security, to advocating for universal human rights like freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, to key arms control negotiations that make the world a safer place for all.

As we implement these changes, we understand that there may be concern among U.S. citizens, as well as visa applicants from Russia and other countries, about consular services.  Effective April 1, U.S. Embassy Moscow’s consular district will be expanded to include all of Russia.  The Embassy will provide services to U.S. citizens across the Russian Federation.  The Embassy will also provide visa services as efficiently and expeditiously as possible, given staffing constraints.  

We are committed to our important work protecting the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens and facilitating the legitimate travel of Russian citizens to the United States.

Please check our website for more information.