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Categories of foreign citizens allowed to enter the Russian Federation


By the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of March 16, 2020 No. 635-r, entry into the territory of the Russian Federation is allowed for foreign citizens of the following categories:


1. Accredited or appointed employees of diplomatic and consular missions of foreign states in the Russian Federation, of international organizations and their representative offices, other official missions of foreign states located on the territory of the Russian Federation, officials of the Standing Committee of the Union State, as well as family members of these persons (spouses, parents, childrens, adopred children, adoptive parents), deputies and official representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia, members of official delegations, employees of Intergovernmental Courier Communications, bearers of diplomatic and service (official) passports

2. Persons who posess diplomatic or service (official) visas

3. Drivers of freight vehicles of international automobile traffic, international transport buses (only for transportation of individuals mentioned in this paragraph, excluding transportation of goods), crew members of air, sea and river vessels, train and locomotive crew members of international railway traffic, personnel determined by international agreements of the Russian Federation in the field of railway transport

4. Support personnel of the rented part of the Saimaa Canal defined in the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Finland Republic on renting by the Finland Republic of the Russian part of the Saimaa Canal and its adjacent territory and on navigation through the Saimaa Canal signed in Lappeenranta on May 27, 2010

5. Persons entering the territory of the Russian Federation for the purpose of extradition, provided that the Federal Penitentiary Service submits information about such persons to the FSB of the Russian Federation

6. Persons traveling to the Russian Federation by road, air, rail or sea transport in order to replace the crews of sea and river vessels located in the ports of the Russian Federation, subject to presentation of valid documents proving the identity of seaman and inclusion in the crew list or an extract from the crew list

7. Persons traveling to the Russian Federation by road, air, rail or sea transport in order to replace aircraft crew members subject to presentation of crew ID's and cabin crew flight orders or general declarations regarding a planned flight  

8. Citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia entering the Russian Federation from the Republic of Abkhazia

9. Citizens of the Republic of South Ossetia entering the Russian Federation from the Republic of South Ossetia

10. Citizens of the Republic of Belarus and persons holding a residence permit or other document confirming the right to permanent residence in the Republic of Belarus, entering the Russian Federation from the territory of the Republic of Belarus or foreign states specified in the Annex I through air checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation, and travelling to the Russian Federation by railway passanger transport

11. Citizens of the Republic of Belarus who are employees of Belarussian companies taking part in work to ensure a continuous production process at industrial facilities in the Russian Federation in the field of nuclear energy, construction, oil and gas production, processing of minerals, sent to industrial facilities in the Russian Federation for working on a rotational basis specified in the lists sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia by the federal executive body supervising the sphere of work of such Russian companies, or the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom"

12. Citizens of foreign states listed in the Annex I entering the Russian Federation from the territory of foreign states specified in the Annex I and from the territory of the Republic of Belarus through air checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation

13. Persons holding a residence permit or other document confirming the right to permanent residence in a foreign state specified in the Annex I and entering the Russian Federation from the territory of foreign states specified in the Annex I and from the Republic of Belarus through air checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation

14. Void

15. Persons entering the Russian Federation for the funerals of a close relative (spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, adoptive parents, adopted children) subject to presentation of a copy of death certificate and documents proving degree of relationship with the deceased relative

16. Persons who possess ordinary private visas issued by the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

17. Persons who are family members (spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, adoptive parents, adopted children), guardians and trustees of citizens of the Russian Federation, subject to presentation of a copy of document confirming degree of relationship or guardianship (custody) orders

18. Persons entering the Russian Federation to visit sick close relatives who are in need of care (spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, adoptive parents, adopted children) subject to presentation of documents (copies) issued by a medical organization, confirming condition of their health, and copies of documents confirming degree of relationship

19. Permanent residents of the Russian Federation as well as foreign citizens travelling thorough the territory of the Russian Federation for the transit purposes through air checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation without crossing the border of the Russian Federation

20. Migrants (resettlers) from the Latvian Republic to the Russian Federation in accordance with the Treaty between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Latvian Republic on Regulating the Process of Migration and Protecting the Rights of the Migrants dated June 2, 1993, as well as their accompanying under-aged family members, indicated in the identification documents of the migrants (resettlers) from the Latvian Republic to the Russian Federation

21. Participants of the State Program for Assisting Voluntary Resettlement to the Russian Federation of Compatriots Living Abroad, approved by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of June 22, 2006 N 637 "On Measures to Assist Voluntary Resettlement of Compatriots to the Russian Federation living abroad ", as well as family members of the participants, indicated in the identification documents of the participants of the Program, subject to presentation of a certificate of participant of the State Program to Assist the Voluntary Resettlement of Compatriots Living Abroad to the Russian Federation or a copy of such a certificate verified according to the laws of the Russian Federation (for  the family members of a participant of the State Program)

22. Persons who received permission to resettle to the Russian Federation according to the Agreement between the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan on Regulation of the Resettlement Process and Protection of the Rights of Migrants signed in Ashkhabad on December 23, 1993, and their family members, whose names were listed in such a permission, subject to presentation of the permission to resettle to the Russian Federation issued in accordance with the mentioned bilateral Agreement

23. Persons entering the Russian Federation for the purpose of medical treatment, as well as accompanying persons (only in case of under-aged patients or patients who have moderate or severe condition of health, and in case of related medical indications), reported by the inviting medical organizations in accordance with the algorithm of processing the applications to enter the Russian Federation for the purpose of medical treatment approved by the Operational Headquarters of the Government of the Russian Federation on preventing importation and spread of COVID-19 on the territory of the Russian Federation, thorough the Federal State Information System “Joint Portal of Public Services” to the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation for further resending to the FSB of the Russian Federation

24. Persons entering the Russian Federation for the purpose of studying at higher or vocational education organizations, indicated in the lists formed by these organizations in accordance with the algorithm of arranging the work with foreign students arriving in the Russian Federation for the purpose of studying at such organizations, approved by the Operational Headquarters of the Government of the Russian Federation on preventing importation and spread of COVID-19 on the territory of the Russian Federation, sent by the mentioned educational organizations by the agreement with the foundation members thorough the Federal State Information System “Joint Portal of Public Services” to the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation for further resending to the FSB of the Russian Federation

25. Persons entering the Russian Federation for the employment purposes, indicated in the lists formed in accordance with the Order of the Government of the Russian Federation of October 6, 2021 # 1694 "On Implementation of pilot project on engagement of citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan in temporary work at Russian entities from the construction economy sector" or indicated in the lists formed in accordance with the algorithm of actions on attracting foreign workforce into the economy of the Russian Federation, sent by the Rostrud thorough the Federal State Information System “Joint Portal of Public Services” to the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation for further resending to the FSB of the Russian Federation

26. Persons permanently residing in Baikonur (Kyzyl-Orda region, Republic of Kazakhstan) or sent to the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan to participate in the implementation of state programs of the Russian Federation, presidential programs, the Federal space program of the Russian Federation, interstate and federal target programs, programs of the Union State and programs international cooperation in the field of space activities specified in the lists sent by the State Corporation for Space Activities "Roscosmos" thorough the Federal State Information System “Joint Portal of Public Services” to the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation for further resending to the FSB of the Russian Federation

27. Persons participating in the adjustment and maintenance of foreign-made equipment specified in the list sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation by the federal executive body supervising the operational sphere of the organization - customer or owner of the foreign-made equipment, or by the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom"

28. Persons, who are involved in labor activities as highly qualified specialists, as well as their family members (spouses, parents, children, adoptive parents, adopted children) included in the list (specifying the checkpoint across the state border of the Russian Federation and the date of entry) sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia by the federal executive body supervising the operational field of the employer organization or customer of work (services), or by the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom"

29. Persons entering the Russian Federation, involved in labor activities as highly qualified specialists in the field of sports, and their family members (spouses, parents, children, adoptive parents, adopted children) as well as persons participating at sports events in the territory of the Russian Federation, and their family members (spouses, parents, children, adoptive parents, adopted children), indicated in the lists (specifying the checkpoint across the state border of the Russian Federation and the date of entry)of the Ministry of Sports of Russia, sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

30. Persons participating in quality control of equipment manufactured by Russian legal entities and supplied in accordance with contracts regulating the construction of nuclear facilities abroad, and within the framework of the implementation of international treaties of the Russian Federation, according to lists sent by the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom" to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

31. Persons participating in the certification works of new aircraft and maintaining the airworthiness of domestically produced aircraft by Russian air transportation companies, indicated in the lists of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

32. Persons entering the Russian Federation for the business purposes stated in the lists formed in accordance with the algorithm of arranging entrance to the Russian Federation of foreign citizens - owners or executive officers of companies operating in the economy of the Russian Federation as well as foreign nationals participating at negotiations on implementation of investment projects approved by the Operational Headquarters of the Government of the Russian Federation on preventing importation and spread of COVID-19 on the territory of the Russian Federation and sent by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

33. Persons entering the Russian Federation in accordance with the Articles 5.1 and 9, Paragraph 7 of the Federal Law "On preparation and hosting in the Russian Federation of the World Cup FIFA 2018, Confederation Cup FIFA 2017, European Championship UEFA 2020" indicated in the lists of the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation, sent thorough the Federal State Information System “Joint Portal of Public Services” to the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation for further resending to the FSB of the Russian Federation

34. Persons entering the Russian Federation in accordance with the Article 10, Paragraph 7 of the Federal Law "On preparation and hosting in the Russian Federation of the World Cup FIFA 2018, Confederation Cup FIFA 2017, European Championship UEFA 2020"

35. Genetic parents of children born in the territory of the Russian Federation to surrogate mothers, entering the Russian Federation for the purpose of the official registration of the birth of a child, information about which has been sent by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

36. Foreign citizens and persons who have permanent residence cards or other documents confirming the right for permanent residence in a foreign country, stated in the Annex I, as well as citizens of the Republic of Belarus, and persons, who have permanent residence cards or other documents confirming the right for permanent residence in the Republic of Belarus, who previously departed from the Russian Federation to the Republic of Abkhazia, entering the territory of the Russian Federation through the Russian-Abkhaz state border, included by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation into the list prepared on the basis of information on these persons presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia, and sent by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation thorough the Federal State Information System “Joint Portal of Public Services” to the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation for further resending to the FSB of the Russian Federation – subject to presentation by these persons of a medical document confirming a negative result of PCR-COVID-test taken not earlier than 3 calendar days prior to the day of arrival in the Russian Federation

37. Persons, who are spouses or under-aged children of foreign citizens and stateless persons, mentioned in the Lines 15 and 17, 18 and 19 of this List, entering the territory of the Russian Federation together with their family members

38. Persons, entering the Russian Federation in the period from March 1, 2022 till September 30, 2022 to participate at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Saint-Petersburg, including the General Assembly of the International Mathematical Union and related meetings

39. Citizens of Ukraine and stateless persons, permanently residing in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, provided that they have registration stamps confirming permanent residenсe in the above mentioned districts in Ukrainian passports or other identification documents, specified in the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation №74 of February 18, 2017 "On recognition in the Russian Federation of the documents and registration plates of vehicles, issued to citizens of Ukraine and stateless persons, permanently residing on the territory of certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine"

40. Citizens of the member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic South Ossetia, arriving at the Russian Federation through air points of entry and departing to countries of their citizenship through air points of entry and other points of entry in case of travelling by other types of transport

41. Foreign citizens and stateless persons, as well as citizens of the Republic of Belarus, entering the Russian Federation from the territory of countries mentioned in Lines 42 and 43 of this List, subject to presentation while entering the Russian Federation negative PCR-COVID-test uploaded to the mobile application «Путешествую без КОВИД-19». The test must be taken not earlier than 3 calendar days prior to the day of arrival in the Russian Federation

42. Foreign citizens and stateless persons, as well as citizens of the Republic of Belarus, entering the Russian Federation  from the territory of the members States of the Eurasian Economic Union through air points of entry listed in the Annex II, with the exception of persons, entering the Russian Federation from third countries through the territories of member States of the Eurasian Economic Union by transit or with a short-time layover, subject to presentation of a medical document confirming a negative result of PCR-COVID-test taken not earlier than 3 calendar days prior to the day of arrival in the Russian Federation, as well as tickets and (or) boarding passes of the whole route of travelling to the Russian Federation – starting from July 25, 2021

43. Foreign citizens and stateless persons, as well as citizens of the Republic of Belarus, entering the Russian Federation from the territory of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan through air points of entry listed in the Annex II, excluding persons entering the territory of the Russian Federation from third countries through the territories of the abovementioned countries by transit or with a short-time layover, subject to presentation of a medical document confirming a negative result of PCR-COVID-test taken on the territory of a third country not earlier than 3 calendar days prior to the day of arrival in the Russian Federation, as well as tickets and (or) boarding passes of the whole route of travelling to the Russian Federation – starting from September 1, 2021


Annex I. List of foreign states whose citizens and persons who have residence permit or other document confirming the right to permanent residence in which may enter the Russian Federation from these states via air checkpoints across the state border Russian Federation:

1. Great Britain

2. Tanzania

3. Turkey

4. Switzerland

5. Egypt

6. Maldives

7. United Arab Emirates

8. Kazakhstan

9. Kyrgyzstan

10. Republic of Korea

11. Cuba

12. Serbia

13. Japan

14. Seychelles

15. Ethiopia

16. Vietnam

17. India

18. Qatar

19. Finland

20. Azerbaijan

21. Armenia

22. Greece

23. Singapur

24. Venezuela

25. Germany

26. Syria

27. Tajikistan 

28. Uzbekistan

29. Sri Lanka

30. Iceland

31. Malta

32. Mexico

33. Portugal

34. Saudi Arabia

35. Austria

36. Hungary

37. Lebanon

38. Luxembourg

39. Mauritius

40. Morocco

41. Croatia

42. Belgium

43. Bulgaria

44. Jordan

45. Ireland

46. Italy

47. Cyprus

48. People's Republic of China

49. Liechtenstein

50. North Macedonia

51. United States of America

52. Albania

53. France

54. Czech Republic

55. Bahrain

56. Dominican Republic

57. Moldova

58. Iraq

59. Spain

60. Kenya

61. Slovakia

62. Andorra

63. Denmark

64. Djibouti

65. Columbia

66. Kuwait

67. New Zealand

68. Peru

69. Republic of South Africa

70. Bahamas

71. Iran

72. Netherlands

73. Norway

74. Oman

75. Slovenia

76. Thailand

77. Tunisia

78. Sweden


Annex II. List of air points of entry to the Russian Federation for foreign citizens and stateless persons, as well as citizens of the Republic of Belarus, subject to providing negative PCR-COVID-test (taken not earlier than 3 calendar days prior to the day of arrival in the Russian Federation) uploaded to the mobile application «Путешествую без КОВИД-19».

- Anapa International Airport (Vityazevo),

- Vladivostok International Airport (Knevichi),

- Grozny Airport (Severny),

- Yekaterinburg International Airport (Koltsovo),

- Zhukovsky Airport (Moscow region),

- Kazan International Airport,

- Khrabrovo Airport (Kaliningrad),

- Krasnodar Airport (Pashkovsky),

- Krasnoyarsk Airport (Yemeljanovo),

- Vnukovo International Airport (Moscow region),

- Domodedovo International Airport (Moscow region ),

- Sheremetjevo International Airport (Moscow region),

- Nizhnekamsk Airport (Begishevo),

- Novosibirsk International Airport (Tolmachevo),

- Rostov-on-Don Airport (Platov),

- Samara International Airport (Kurumoch),

- Pulkovo International Airport (Saint-Petersburg),

- Sochi International Airport,

- Ufa International Airport,

- Chkalovsky Airport.