Coronavirus update: 1st August 2020
When planning your trip it is important to be informed on the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Below is the latest information regarding the current situation.
Russia closed its borders for all foreign visitors from March 18 till further notice. Here are the few exceptions: foreigners studying in Russia; diplomatic workers and members of their families; relatives of a deceased person, provided that they have documents confirming their relations; transit passengers; foreigners seeking medical treatment; international ship, cargo, train, sea crew members performing their work duties; specialists who carry out adjustment and maintenance of imported equipment; holders of special visas, issued to visit the funeral of a person, permanently residing in Russia; Russian citizens and permanent residents.
Since August, the borders of Russia are open for the citizens of certain countries with which Russia has resumed regular air travel and who meet benchmarks for containing the spread of COVID.
The international flight connection reopened between Russia and several counties from the special list approved by the government. Today the list of such countries includes the UK, Turkey, Switzerland, and Tanzania. Russia also would begin negotiations with other countries on resuming international flights.
About the quarantine upon arrival: On the 13th of July 2020, the Russian government has relaxed requirements for foreigners to quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Russia. This policy, however, applies only to arrivals from countries with which Russia has resumed regular air travel and who meet benchmarks for containing the spread of COVID. In place of the quarantine, travelers must show a negative result for a COVID test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival. For travelers arriving without a test result, they must submit to a test within 72 hours of arrival. Anyone testing positive for COVID must still quarantine. Local jurisdictions set their own rules regarding quarantine requirements for travelers. Check with local authorities for current requirements.
About the canceled international trains
The Russian Federation’s rail connection with other countries has been temporarily suspended until further notice. We will start selling the tickets to international trains as soon as the international rail connection will be reopened.
About the internal Russian Trains
Train services across Russia are currently running as normal, though some changes are being made to the frequency of some trains. Unfortunately, most foreigners cannot come to Russia from abroad because of the border closure from the 18th of March until further notice. If you booked the domestic Russian train tickets with us and need to change your travel plans, you can postpone your trip (reschedule for a later date), or cancel with a full refund (in case the tickets had not been issued). You can change your tickets to a different date/time and use the amount you paid in rubles as a deposit. We appreciate you may not know your new travel date, so feel free to change to any future date and you can edit this again if necessary nearer the time unless the new tickets have been already issued.