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June 2021 Update - Travel between Russia, the UK and Other Countries
Posted by Alex Locker on 03 June 2021 08:37 AM

Travel Between Russia and the UK

The Government of the Russian Federation has taken the decision not to extend the flight ban between the UK and Russia. Starting from 2nd June, regular flights will resume on a reciprocal basis three times per week.

According to the official information in hand, the Consular Section confirms that the 14-day isolation at the place of residence (temporary stay) upon arrival to Russia from the UK is mandatory. Once the 14-day isolation is lifted, respective information will be published.

All queries concerning COVID entry restrictions to the Russian Federation can be addressed to the Russian competent authority Rospotrebnadzor.

The Russian Visa Application Center is currently still open and can accept new visa applications for any travel.  

Current Russian legislation does not provide any visa extension or visa fee refunds at this time. If the travel situation changes, any travellers, who cannot use a visa within its validity period, will need to apply for a new visa. This is also the case for Russian nationals who have been unable to use their British visa, while there have been no flights between Moscow and London.

Transit flights to Russia for UK citizens and residents

As of 14th April 2021, a new decision has been made by the Russian Government regarding entry to Russia for UK citizens and foreign citizens, who live in the UK with a residence document. Now, instead of direct flight only from London to Moscow, it is possible to take a transit flight to Russia via a third country.

The full list of these countries is determined by the Russian Government and includes:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Germany
  • India
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Maldives
  • Qatar
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania (limited transit options, temporary travel ban from 15th April to 21st June 2021)
  • Turkey (limited transit options, temporary travel ban from 15th April to 21st June 2021)
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

Taking into account that different airlines and transit countries may have their own rules, it is advisable to check the transit flight in advance to avoid problems during check-in.

Entry requirements for Russia 

According to the current requirements, anyone entering Russia from the UK must present a negative Covid-19 test certificate and self-isolate for 14 days after arrival. 

Entry requirements for the UK 

From 15th February onwards, anyone allowed to enter England who has visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK is banned in the last 10 days must: 

  • Quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel 
  • Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before the second day of quarantine and on or after the eigth day.
  • Follow the national lockdown rules 

Providing false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your passenger locator form is a punishable offence. You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years, or both, if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days prior to arrival in the UK. 

If you are a British or Irish national, or third country national with residence rights in the UK and you have been in or passed through a red-list country 10 days before your arrival, you will need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, unless you’re exempt. 

Before you travel to the UK you must: 

  • Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result 3 days before you travel. You must take the test 3 days before your scheduled departure date. For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you must take the test on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. 
  • Book a managed quarantine hotel where you will quarantine. Your quarantine package will include your managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and your travel test package for COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine 
  • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will quarantine when you arrive. You must provide a quarantine package booking reference number to complete your passenger locator form 

The booking portal to book your quarantine hotel package can be found here: https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/  

Please check the red list of travel ban countries before planning your trip. Russia is currently not on the list, therefore, If you are returning to the UK from Russia, you must:

  1. Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result within 3 days before you travel
  2. Book a test package for COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of your quarantine period
  3. Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will quarantine when you arrive
  4. Self-isolate for 10 days
  5. Follow the national lockdown rules

Real Russia can provide PCR test kits through our partner RightAngled. For more information or to order your test kit through us, please visit https://realrussia.co.uk/visas/order-your-pcr-certified-coronavirus-test-kit 

While we are waiting for an update on the direct flights between the UK and Russia to resume, why not take a look at our range of exclusive Trans-Siberian experiences or have our visa experts arrange your visa application? 

Restriction measures in Russia

Restriction measures in Russia have started to relax.

Moscow

The food service industry including night clubs, bars, karaoke clubs and other leisure and entertainment organisations in Moscow, are allowed to work from 11pm to 6am so long as they meet current sanitary requirements.

Museums, theatres, cinemas, and other cultural organisations in Moscow are open to visitors, although venues cannot reach more than 50% total capacity.

St Petersburg

Restrictions in St. Petersburg remain stricter. Catering and other entertainment organisations must close between 11pm and 6am. Food courts in shopping malls are closed. Aquaparks, oceanariums and other entertainment facilities are also closed to the public. Museums, theatres, concert halls are currently operating , although venues cannot reach more than 25% total capacity.

Countries that have opened borders with Russia

Nationals and residents of the following countries can enter Russia assuming they are travelling from their country of citizenship / residency:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania (temporary travel ban from 15th April to 21st June 2021)
  • Turkey (temporary travel ban from 15th April to 21st June 2021)
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United kingdom
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

Real Russia visa services 

Following the UK Government guidelines, our London office will be closed until further notice, however our team will continue to support our clients via email on visas@realrussia.co.uk or via phone on 02071007370. We would like to ask you not to post any documents to our office. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer our fully Managed Visa Service (Service C) in London. However, we can still offer invitation letters (Service A) and our Check & Prepare Service (Service B). Please visit our Russian visa tourist page for more information or contact us directly. 

Real Russia can still assist with visa enquiries although we cannot advise on whether someone is eligible to travel abroad or not. To check the current lockdown rules regarding travel from the UK please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home 

Kind regards, 

The Real Russia Team  

https://realrussia.co.uk/ 


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