COVID-19: Entry requirements updated for foreign nationals and Russian citizens

  • Russia
  • 08/10/2020

RUSSIA (Aug. 10, 2020) – COVID-19: Entry requirements updated for foreign nationals and Russian citizens

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Russia updated its entry requirements for foreign nationals and Russian citizens.

As of Aug. 1, the following requirements are in effect:
• Foreign nationals flying to Russia must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate conducted three days before boarding their flights.
• Foreign nationals crossing borders into Russia by land must also present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate conducted within three days of traveling.
• COVID-19 PCR test results not in English or Russian must be translated from the language of the country where the test was conducted, and the Russian consulate must certify the translation.
• All travelers from abroad entering Russia ports of entry must complete the arrival questionnaire. Click here to download.
• Employers that send foreign nationals to Russia for work must verify their foreign employees have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate conducted within three days of arrival. Foreign nationals entering Russia for work must undergo a 14-day quarantine.
• All travelers from abroad entering Russia by air must register on the State Services website before checking in for their flights and complete a paper registration at ports of entry.
• Russian citizens traveling to Russia on regular flights must obtain a COVID-19 PCR test within three days of arriving and report the results on the State Services website.
Background: In late July, Russia clarified its COVID-19 travel requirements for foreign nationals and Russian citizens, including stating that a mandatory 14-day quarantine remains in place for foreign nationals traveling to Russia for work.

BAL Analysis: The entry testing requirements may cause minor delays for foreign nationals entering Russia. Employers sending employees to Russia for work should plan for the mandatory 14-day quarantine and complete COVID-19 testing before entering Russia. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@balglobal.com.

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