Health Alert – Extension of Temporary Stay or Permanent Residency of Foreigners in Russia Until June 15, 2021 

Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia (December 18, 2020)

Location: Russia, country-wide

Event:  Extension of Temporary Stay or Permanent Residency of Foreigners in Russia Until June 15, 2021

On December 15, President Putin signed a decree extending the temporary stay or permanent residency of foreigners and stateless persons in the Russian Federation until June 15, 2021. This decree applies to immigration documents, including visas, residence permits, and migration registration, that have expired or will expire between March 15, 2020, and June 15, 2021. The Russian government has not clarified procedures for handling expiring documents beyond June 15, 2021. The official text of the decree may be found here. (Russian only)

The decree contains additional language limiting the extension to March 15, 2021, for citizens of certain countries. However, per the Ministry of Internal Affairs website, the United States is not included in this list of countries. A further explanation of the presidential decree and the list of countries whose citizens’ visas are only extended until March 15, 2021 is available here. (Russian only)

The decree also contains new language that these extensions do not apply to individuals supporting “terrorist/extremist activity or attempts against public order and public security, including those who participate in an unauthorized meeting, rally, demonstration, march, or picketing.” The Russian government has not clearly defined who would be subject to such designations.

Additional Actions to Take:

    • 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.


  • U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

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+7 495 728-5000

Website – U.S. Embassy Moscow

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15 Gogol Street

+7 (343) 379-3001

After hours – +7 (917) 569-3549

Website – U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg

  • U.S. Consular Agency Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Lada Hotel, Suite 210

154 Komsomolskaya Street

+7-4242-42-49-17 (Mondays and Thursdays, 0900-1300)

After hours – +7-914-704-07 62

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 202-501-4444

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