According to the Decrees of the Government of the Russian Federation №635-R of March 16, 2020, №1170-R of April 29, 2020, №1511-R of June 6, 2020, №1671-R of June 25, 2020 for the purpose of ensuring state security, protecting public health and non-proliferation of a new coronavirus infection entry to the territory of the Russian Federation is restricted until further notice.
According to the Decrees of the Government of the Russian Federation №1997-R of August 01, 2020, №1915-R of July 24, 2020, lifting restrictions on entry to Russia by air, imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for citizens of Great Britain, Turkey, Switzerland and Tanzania.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed a Decree, lifting restrictions on foreigners' visa-free Russia entry for short-term business trips. Visa-free Russia entry for short-term business trips is now allowed to foreigners. This applies to holders of diplomatic or service passports from countries with which Russia has visa-free entry agreements.
The above entry restriction is not applied to the following categories of foreign citizens:
car drivers of international motor traffic
airplanes, sea and river ships crew members
train and locomotive brigades of international railway traffic
members of official delegations with diplomatic and service visas
persons with diplomatic and service visas, as well as ordinary private visas, issued in emergency cases related to the death of a close relative
persons, who permanently live on the territory of the Russian Federation
visa-free transit passengers proceeding through airport checkpoints
persons who are highly qualified specialists*
foreign athletes, coaches and specialists in the field of physical culture on a work, humanitarian visa or if there is an employment contract
persons entering the Russian Federation for the purpose of specialized treatment
Entry into the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted for foreign citizens of other categories. The order is unlimited and is valid until a special decision.
According to Decree No. 13 of July 07, 2020 of the Chief sanitary doctor of the Russian Federation, the mandatory 14-day quarantine has been canceled for both foreigners and Russian citizens.
Excerpt from the Decree:
For foreign citizen:
1.1. When crossing the State border of the Russian Federation, inform officials carrying out sanitary and quarantine control of the absence of COVID-19 disease with the submission of a medical document (in Russian or English) confirming the negative result of a laboratory test of material on COVID-19 by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), selected no earlier than three calendar days before arrival on the territory of the Russian Federation, medical documents confirming the detection of immunoglobulin g (IgG) antibodies (if available).
1.2. In the absence of a medical document confirming a negative result of a laboratory test for COVID-19 by PCR, undergo an examination for a new coronavirus infection by PCR within three calendar days on the territory of the Russian Federation. Payment for research is made in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.
Excerpt from Government Decree No. 1671-R of June 25, 2020:
"persons entering the Russian Federation once, engaged in labor activity as highly qualified specialists included in the list (with an indication of the checkpoint across the state border of the Russian Federation and date of entry), sent to the FSB of Russia and the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia the Federal Executive authority in the sphere of competence of which the employer or customer of works (services) is located, if provided that the specified persons present valid documents, certifying their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, and a visa or visa-free procedure in cases where provided for by international agreements of the Russian Federation, and upon presentation of a valid employment contract or civil law contract for performance of works (rendering of services) with the employer or customer of works (services)".