Emergency Financial Assistance

Emergency Transfer of Funds to Russia

The U.S. Embassy and consulates in Russia can assist U.S. citizens who are temporarily destitute in Russia due to robbery or other unforeseen circumstances. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a number of alternatives available. Please contact us for assistance.

The Embassy can help you contact your family, friends, bank, or employer to arrange for transfer of funds:

  • Money can be quickly transferred from the United States for someone in Russia through Western Union. Fees for services vary. Western Union will transfer money to various locations in Russia.
  • A sender in the United States may also deposit money in the recipient’s U.S. bank account; the latter could then withdraw a limited amount at an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) here. ATMs are spreading throughout Russia; however, the availability of ATMs outside large cities may be limited.

In some cases, funds can be wired through the U.S. Department of State.

For information on how a consular officer can help under these circumstances, please seeTRAVEL.STATE.GOV.