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Russia travel restrictions, quarantine and entry requirements in 2023

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The travel advice is Do not travel to Russia. Russia is Open for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Russia. Russia is part of Europe with main city at Moscow. Its Developed country with a population of 147M people. The main currency is Russian Ruble. The languages spoken are Russian.
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๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Travel safety for Russia

Do not travel

Do not travel to Russia due to the security environment and the impacts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Russia. Terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda and Daesh-aligned groups, continue to call for attacks in Russia. Attacks can be indiscriminate and may occur on or around seasonal, festive, or religious events in public places and could include popular tourist sites. Russia has seen a number of terrorist attacks which have caused large casualty numbers, including in Moscow and St Petersburg, and Russia's aviation has also been targeted. Attacks may occur with little or no warning. The security situation could deteriorate further with little warning. Security incidents often occur in the regions of Russia bordering Ukraine, including explosions and large fires. Do not attempt to travel to the Russia-Ukraine border or cross into Ukraine from Russia. Russian authorities may adopt a more negative attitude towards foreigners in Russia and enforce local laws in an arbitrary manner. Avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publicly on political developments. Russia has introduced a 'medium response level' and a 'heightened preparedness' level in several regions. A basic readiness level is in place in the rest of Russia. There may be an increase in security personnel and installations. A range of security measures or restrictions may be introduced with little to no notice. If you're in Russia, leave immediately using the limited commercial options available or private means if it's safe to do so. Review your personal security plans and carefully consider the safest means and route to depart. You're responsible for your own safety and that of your family. Make sure your travel documents are up to date. If, despite our advice, you decide to enter Russia, expect thorough security checks at the border, including questioning and inspections of electronic devices. Our ability to provide consular assistance in Russia is limited. The Australian Government will not be able to evacuate you from Russia. If you have significant concerns for your welfare, or that of another Australian, contact the Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 in Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 outside Australia. If you're in Russia, register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's registration portal for Australian citizens in Russia โ€“ see the 'Safety' section for details on how to register. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Russia due to the security environment and the impacts of the military conflict with Ukraine.

๐Ÿšจ Travel Advice for Russia

Open for travel

For entry into Russia

International travel to Russia is permitted. It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 48 hours, must be provided on arrival. Test certificates must be in English or Russian.
Those arriving without a valid test certificate must undergo a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival and self-isolate until a negative result is confirmed.
Citizens are exempt from this requirement.

Testing on arrival

All travelers are subject to randomized COVID-19 testing on arrival.

Other medical measures

All passengers are subject to health screening on arrival, such as temperature checks and visual assessment. Further health testing may be required for those displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

Additional documents required

All foreign travelers must complete a 'travel form' before arrival. This will be provided on their flight to Russia.
For more details Foreign Travel Advice, United Kingdom

Government measures

In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. In some regions, proof of a recent negative PCR test, recovery, or vaccination with QR codes may still be required to enter some establishments. We recommend keeping up-to-date with official guidelines throughout your trip.

Use of masks

Face masks are recommended but should not replace other safety measures such as social distancing.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating as usual.


Restaurants are mostly open as usual. In some regions, proof of a recent negative PCR test, recovery, or vaccination with QR codes may still be required.


Bars are mostly open as usual. In some regions, proof of a recent negative PCR test, recovery, or vaccination with QR codes may still be required.


Nightclubs are mostly open as usual. In some regions, proof of a recent negative PCR test, recovery, or vaccination with QR codes may still be required.


Shops and services are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

On return

Vaccination required

Travelers are required to present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 with the use of an approved vaccine.
The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure. Certificates must be in English or in Chinese.
Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 and received one dose of vaccination, at least 14 days before departure, are also considered fully vaccinated.
There are exemptions for non-vaccinated citizens and residents.
Full details can be found at

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative rapid antigen test, taken within the previous 24 hours, must be provided on departure.
Test certificates must be in English or Chinese.

Testing on arrival

A nucleic acid test will be administered upon arrival and apart from the transfer from the airport, proof of a negative test result is required to leave the place of residence.

Additional test requirements

Daily rapid antigen testing is required for the first 5 days after arrival. Additionally, travelers must undergo a PCR test on day 2.
Daily antigen results can be reported via the 'Electronic COVID-19 monitoring & surveillance system' (eCMSS). Instructions can be found at

Travel restriction details for Russia

๐Ÿšซ Destination No quarantine
๐Ÿ›ฌ Return Quarantine may be required
๐Ÿ–๏ธ Some Visitors
๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Open shopping
๐ŸšŒ Operational transport
๐Ÿ“… events Allowed

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