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Russian Federation

Russian Federation

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Date of search

7 September 2021

Certificate adoption

Yes, the Russian COVID passport has been in use since late January 2021.

Instrument type

Both vaccination and immunity based

Certificate name

Russian COVID passport


In use

Certificate details

This QR code based document is issued if (i) have been infected and recovered from the disease or (ii) received the second dose. The document contains date of vaccination, name and series of the vaccines, and the doctor’s signature.

Certificate format

Both paper and electronic, QR code based

Entry protocol

For general entry

  • Travelers (other than Russian citizens) have to present a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 3 days before arrival. The certificate can be in Russian or in English, and a notarized translation to Russian is acceptable. This includes travelers transiting as well.
  • Travelers are also required to pass two PCR COVID-19 tests (one within 3 days after arriving and the second within 5 days) and submit the test results via the Public Services Portal.
  • Nationals and residents from Russian Federation, United Arab Emirates, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Northern Macedonia, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam allowed entry to Russia. Besides, only accredited or appointed employees of foreign state diplomatic missions and consular offices in the Russian Federation, international organizations and their representatives, and other official missions of foreign states located in the Russian Federation, as well as their family members, are permitted to travel from these listed countries.
  • Nationals of other nations who are traveling for the following purposes and have no restrictions on their origin country:
    (1) To return back to close family (spouse/parents/children/grandparents/siblings) or to travel with close relatives who are Russian Federation citizens. Proof of connection must be given in writing.
    (2) The organization inviting this category of travelers to work in Russia as high-qualification experts must apply for OK to board confirmation via GOSUSLUGI.RU, and the passenger must carry a printed copy of this confirmation while traveling.
    (3) If medical treatment is needed, documentation of travel is necessary, as well as a special visa if one is required (dependent on nationality). The medical facility must submit an application for OK to board confirmation through GOSUSLUGI.RU, and the traveler must travel with a printed copy of this confirmation.
    (4) To study in Russia, students must have an invitation letter from a Russian university as well as an OK to board confirmation. GOSUSLUGI.RU is where the university must apply for OK to board confirmation.
  • Those coming in Russia for the intention of permanent employment, including holders of the Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa and visitors from the United Kingdom, must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

For russian nationals

  • Russian nationals do not required to do a COVID19 PCR test before leaving the country, regardless of where they are from. COVID19 PCR tests are not required for Russian nationals who have been vaccinated within the previous 12 months or who have recovered from COVID19 within the last 6 months.

Travel bubble

Citizens (or residents) of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, UAE, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Vietnam are allowed to enter if arriving on a direct flight from these countries. Starting May 25th, Russia also resumed flights with Iceland, Malta, Mexico, Portugal, and Saudi Arabia, although the number of flights is very limited.

Citizens of Armenia, Belarus, Kazachstan, and Kyrgyzstan may also arrive on a direct flight. They must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival with a green QR code in the app “Traveling Without COVID-19.

Vaccine authorised to be used in the country

Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona, Covi-Vac

Vaccine accepted for inbound travellers

Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona, Covi-Vac

Border status

Open with some restrictions