Coronavirus travel health

The number of COVID cases continues to increase across the country. This is increasing pressure on hospitals. Moscow and St Petersburg currently have sufficient hospital capacity to provide proper COVID and non-COVID related medical care. However, the situation can change quickly and varies greatly across the country, particularly in smaller cities and rural areas or remote locations. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling.

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Russia on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

See Travelling by air in the Returning to the UK section.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Russia.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

Be prepared for your plans to change

A full list of certified clinics and laboratories certified to perform PCR COVID-19 tests is available online (only in Russian).

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Russia, you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Russia

The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for introduction or relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. Different restrictions may be in force in different regions. You should follow regional advice. Check the latest announcements from local authorities before travelling. These are available in Russian at https://xn--80aesfpebagmfblc0a.xn--p1ai/information/ – click on a specific region on the map for local COVID restrictions.

The latest advice for Moscow is available on the Mayor’s website. For Saint Petersburg, advice can be found on the City Government’s website.

Following widespread reports of military activity in Ukraine, on 24 February the Russian authorities announced restrictions on domestic flights to a number of airports in southern Russia, with disruption to internal flights to and from Moscow and other cities. The restrictions are set to be in place until 2 March 2022. Check the latest information with your airline or travel provider. The Russian aviation authorities have published information about the affected airports (in Russian). See Safety and security

Public places and services

Social distancing of 1.5 metres is to be followed everywhere except in taxis.

QR codes may be required to access venues such as museums, theatres, stadiums, shopping centres or restaurants. QR codes are typically issued to those either vaccinated with a Russian vaccine, recently recovered from COVID-19 or with a recent negative PCR test. Requirements and procedures for obtaining QR codes vary depending on the region. Foreign nationals may not be required to have a QR code if they present a documentary proof of full vaccination by a Russian vaccine.

Accommodation

Many hotels in Russia remain open.

Healthcare in Russia

If you show any symptoms of coronavirus, such as respiratory illness or a temperature, you and your cohabitants may be required to self-isolate even if you haven’t been tested.

From 2 July 2021, all cases of respiratory illness in Moscow will be treated as high probability COVID cases. All patients displaying symptoms of a respiratory illness will have their PCR and rapid antigen tests taken and need to self-isolate until their PCR test is negative.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers. Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Russia.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Russia

We will update this page when the Government of Russia announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Russian national vaccination programme started in December 2020 and is using the Sputnik V, EpiVacCorona, CoviVac and Sputnik Light vaccines. The Government of Russia has stated that British nationals resident in Russia are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. Further information on the vaccination programme is available on the Government Services Portal.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Russia, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.