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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 missions and consular offices of foreign states in the Russian Federation, international organizations and their representations, 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, deputies and official representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia, freight drivers vehicles of international road traffic, crews of air, sea and river vessels, train and locomotive crews of international railway traffic, personnel determined by international agreements of the Russian Federation in the field of railway transport, employees of Intergovernmental Courier Communications, members of official delegations entering the Russian Federation, subject to presentation by the indicated persons of valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, and visas or in a visa-free manner in the cases stipulated by international treaties of the Russian Federation

(as amended by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 04.12.2020 N 3212-r)

2. Persons who have diplomatic, service or ordinary private visas issued in connection with the death of a close relative, as well as ordinary private visas issued by the decision of the Russian Foreign Ministry

3. Citizens of states with which the Russian Federation has international treaties on visa-free travel, if these citizens enter the Russian Federation in connection with the death of a close relative (spouse, parent, children, adoptive parent, adopted child, guardian and trustee), subject to presentation of valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, copies of the death certificate or certificate of death and a document confirming the degree of relationship, or enter the Russian Federation with valid diplomatic or service passports

(as amended by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 31.07.2020 N 1993-r)

4. Persons who are family members (spouses, parents, children, adoptive parents, adopted children), guardians and trustees of citizens of the Russian Federation, subject to presentation of valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, and a visa or in a visa-free manner in cases stipulated by international treaties of the Russian Federation, subject to the presentation of a copy of a document confirming the degree of relationship

(as amended by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 06.06.2020 N 1511-r)

5. Persons permanently residing in the territory of the Russian Federation (with the exception of persons specified in paragraph thirteen of clause 2 of the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of March 27, 2020 N 763-r), as well as transit through air checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation without going beyond them

(as amended by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 29.05.2020 N 1445-r)

6. Persons who are 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 identicifation documents of the participants of the Program, subject to presentation of valid identity documents recognized in the Russian Federation in this capacity, and a certificate of a participant in 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) 

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 29.04.2020 N 1170-r, as amended by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 16.02.2021 N 372-r)

7. Persons participating in the adjustment and maintenance of foreign-made equipment specified in the list sent to the FSB of Russia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia by the federal executive body in whose sphere of jurisdiction is the organization - the customer of the foreign-made equipment, or the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom"

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 29.04.2020 N 1170-r; as amended by the orders of the Government of the Russian Federation of 29.05.2020 N 1445-r, of 12.09.2020 N 2338-r)

8. 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 (indicating the checkpoint across the state border of the Russian Federation and the date of entry) sent to the FSB of Russia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia by the federal executive body in the field of which the organization is located - the employer or customer of work (services), or the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom", subject to presentation by the specified persons of valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, and visas or in a visa-free manner in cases stipulated by international treaties of the Russian Federation, and subject to the presentation of a valid employment contract or civil law contract for the performance of work (provision of services) with the employer or customer of work (services)

(as amended by orders of the Government of the Russian Federation of 25.06.2020 N 1671-r, of 12.09.2020 N 2338-r, of 30.12.2020 N 3675-r and of 06.02.2021 N 258-r)

9. Citizens of the Republic of Belarus who are employees of Belarusian 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 work on a rotational basis specified in the list sent to the FSB of Russia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia by the federal executive body in the sphere of jurisdiction of which the organization is the customer of these works, or the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom", and following through the Russian-Belarusian state border or points passes through the state border of the Russian Federation

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 29.05.2020 N 1445-r)

10. Persons permanently residing in the city of Baikonur, Kyzyl-Orda region of the 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 Russia, interstate and federal target programs, programs of the Union State and programs international cooperation in the field of space activities specified in the list sent to the FSB of Russia by the State Corporation for Space Activities "Roscosmos", subject to presentation of valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation as such, and visas or visa-free cases stipulated by international treaties of the Russian Federation

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 29.05.2020 N 1445-r)

11. Persons entering the Russian Federation for the purpose of medical treatment, subject to presentation of valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, and a visa or in a visa-free procedure in cases stipulated by international treaties of the Russian Federation, reported by the 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.

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 06.06.2020 N 1511-r, as amended by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 23.03.2021 N 737-r)

12. Persons entering the Russian Federation to visit sick close relatives (spouses, parents, children, adoptive parents, adopted children), guardians and trustees in need of care, subject to presentation of valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, and a visa or in a visa-free manner in cases provided for by international treaties of the Russian Federation, as well as documents (copies of documents) issued by a medical organization, confirming their condition, and copies of a document confirming the degree of relationship

13. Citizens of foreign states (listed in the Annex I) entering the Russian Federation from the states of their citizenship through air checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 24.07.2020 N 1915-r)

14. 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 this state through air checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 24.07.2020 N 1915-r)

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

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 01.08.2020 N 1996-r)

16. 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) or persons participating in sports events in the territory of the Russian Federation, and their family members (spouses, parents, children, adoptive parents, adopted children) included in the list (indicating the checkpoint across the state border of the Russian Federation and the date of entry) sent by the Ministry of Sports of Russia to the FSB of Russia, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and the Federal Air Transport Agency, subject to presentation by the indicated persons of valid identity documents recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, as well as ordinary work or ordinary humanitarian visas for the purpose of participation in sports events or in a visa-free manner in cases provided for international treaties of the Russian Federation

(the paragraph was introduced by the orders of the Government of the Russian Federation of 21.08.2020 N 2151-r and of 18.11.2020 № 3013-r)

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

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 12.09.2020 N 2338-r)

18. Persons traveling to the Russian Federation by road, air, rail or sea transport in order to change the crews of sea and river vessels located in the ports of the Russian Federation, subject to presentation of valid identity documents recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, and a visa, or in a visa-free manner in cases stipulated by international treaties of the Russian Federation, in the presence of valid documents proving the identity of the seaman and inclusion in the crew list or an extract from the crew list

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 12.09.2020 N 2338-r)

19. Persons participating in quality control of equipment manufactured by Russian legal entities and supplied in accordance with contracts governing 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 FSB of Russia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 12.09.2020 N 2338-r)

20. Persons participating in the certification of new aircraft and maintaining the airworthiness of domestically produced aircraft by Russian operators according to the lists sent by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia to the FSB of Russia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 12.09.2020 N 2338-r)

21. 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 Republic of Belarus through air checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation, and travelling to the Russian Federation by railway transport

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 20.09.2020 N 2406-r)

(as amended by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 03.02.2021 N 228-r)

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 valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation as such, and permission to resettle to the Russian Federation issued in accordance with the mentioned bilateral Agreement

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 18.11.2020 N 3015-r) 

23. Persons who are genetic parents of children born in the territory of the Russian Federation to surrogate mothers entering the Russian Federation for the purpose of state registration of the birth of a child, information about which has been sent by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation to the Federal Security Service and Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, subject to presentation by the indicated persons of valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, and visas or in a visa-free manner in cases stipulated by international treaties of the Russian Federation

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 16.12.2020 N 3359-r)

24. Persons travelling to the Russian Federation by air for aircraft crew changes subject to presentation of valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, visas or in a visa-free manner in cases stipulated by international treaties of the Russian Federation, as well as subject to presentation of crew ID's and cabin crew flight orders or general declarations regarding a planned flight

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 30.12.2020 N 3675-r)    

25. Citizens of the Member States of the Eurasian Economic Union who travel to the Russian Federation from the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus or the Kyrgyz Republic by air through the following points of entry:

- Anapa International Airport (Vityazevo),

- Vladivostok International Airport (Knevichi),

- Grozny Airport (Severny),

- Yekaterinburg International Airport (Koltsovo),

- Zhukovsky Airport,

- Kazan International Airport,

- Khrabrovo Airport (Kaliningrad),

- Krasnodar Airport (Pashkovsky),

- Krasnoyarsk Airport (Yemeljanovo),

- Vnukovo International Airport,

- Domodedovo International Airport,

- Sheremetjevo International Airport,

- 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,

subject to presentation by the indicated persons of valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation in this capacity, as well as subject to presentation of a medical document proving negative COVID-test results shown in the mobile application "Путешествую без COVID-19" 

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 26.01.2021 N 140-r, as amended by the orders of the Government of the Russian Federation of 26.02.2021 N 485-r and of 31.03.2021 N 792-r)

26. Persons entering the Russian Federation for employment indicated in the lists formed and 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 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

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 16.02.2021 N 372-r)

27. Persons, who are migrants 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 from the Latvian Republic to the Russian Federation, subject to presentation of valid documents proving their identity and recognized by the Russian Federation as such, this identification document and visas

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 16.02.2021 N 372-r)

28. Persons entering the Russian Federation for the purpose of studying at higher or vocational education organizations, listed in the roster formed by these organizations in accordance with the algorithm of arranging the work with regard to 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.

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 16.03.2021 N 639-r)

29. Citizens of Ukraine and stateless persons, permanently residing in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, provided that they have a registration mark about 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 " 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" dated February 18, 2017

(the paragraph was introduced by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 19.03.2020 N 671-r).


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. The 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