Covid-19 Restriction Measures in Moscow and St. Petersburg over Christmas and New Year Holidays
Posted by Andrew Glenister, Last modified by Andrew Glenister on 17 December 2020 11:11 AM

Due to the increase in Covid cases across Russia, the Russian authorities have implemented new safety measures over the Christmas and New Year period.

Moscow and the Moscow region 

The Moscow City Government has now implemented new measures for tourists visiting the city over the Christmas and New Year period.  

The following rules now apply: 

  • 31st December 2020 – 10th January 2021: Any business that provides catering services and entertainment events with the restriction of free attendance can admit citizens into buildings or premises in which these services are provided. To qualify, the citizen needs to have either a negative PCR test result received no earlier than 3 days before the event, or an ELISA obtained not earlier than 5 days before the event takes place. 

This does not apply to events where people have tickets indicating a specific seat during these activities. 

  • 28th December 2020 – 15th January 2021: Entrance to hotels is allowed only upon presenting either a negative PCR test result received no earlier than 3 days prior to the check-in date, or by ELISA, obtained no earlier than 5 days prior to the check-in date.  

St. Petersburg 

Due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, the St Petersburg City Government has now asked tourists to refrain from visiting the city for Christmas and New Year holidays and has introduced further restrictions for social events. 

The following rules now apply: 

  • 30th December 2020 – 10th January 2021: All businesses that operate inside premises will be closed. This includes museums, galleries and exhibitions. 
  • 4th – 29th December 2020: Any business that offers activities/services for visitors under 16 years old will be closed. 
  • From now until 15th January 2021: The maximum number of visitors at any indoor event that takes place is 50 people. 

Other regions 

The Federal Government has delegated responsibility for a gradual, phased relaxation of restrictions to the regional authorities. It is, therefore, possible for different restrictions to apply in different regions. 

For more information about regional restrictions that may affect your travel plans, please contact us directly. 

Kind regards, 

The Real Russia Team 

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