COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Fully vaccinated or recovered Russian nationals, whose vaccination or recovery certificate is uploaded on the Gosuslugi government portal, do not have to complete on-arrival PCR testing.
• Negative COVID-19 PCR test results (in English or Russian), from a test conducted no more than three calendar days before entry is required for all foreign nationals. This includes passengers in transit. Those traveling by air must show negative test results when boarding.
- If test results cannot be presented in English or Russian, they can be issued in the official language of the medical institution location, translated, with the translation certified by a Russian consular officer.
- Russian nationals can enter without a negative COVID-19 PCR test, but must undergo a COVID-19 PCR test within three days of entry, and another one within five days of entry. Results must be uploaded into the form available on the Gosuslugi government portal. Affected individuals complete home quarantine until negative test results are available.
• On-arrival COVID-19 test for travelers from India. Travelers quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
• 14-day home quarantine for foreign nationals entering for work purposes by any means of entry, and for those arriving by evacuation flights, regardless of the results of the COVID-19 PCR test.
• A COVID-19 test is now part of the medical exam for Temporary Residence Permits, Permanent Residence Permits, Standard Work Permit (for visa nationals), and Patents.
• Foreign nationals must complete an entry questionnaire before entry.
• Travelers entering from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan must submit negative PCR tests only using the application "Traveling without COVID – 19". Transiting travelers are not obliged to use the application but must still carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate under the general requirements detailed above.
• Russian citizens must register as arrivals on the official State Services website before flight checking and must complete a paper application before entry.
• Employers are required to inform their foreign employees of these requirements and ensure that they comply.
• Russia has started to reopen immigration offices and resume services:
- The Moscow migration departments Pokrovka str., 42 and Sakharovo village accept invitation letter applications for HQS principal applicants, HQS dependents, and “installation works” specialist work visas for nationals and residents of ‘greenlisted’ countries without requiring Federal Security Service approval.
- In other locations, applications for Highly Qualified Specialists (HQS) work permits and invitation letters require additional approval from the Federal Security Service and Ministry of Internal Affairs.
- Multifunctional centers and territorial migration offices throughout the country have reopened. Prior appointment is typically required.
- HQS salary notifications and notifications of signing or terminating labor agreements have resumed.
- Applications for work permits and work permit extensions for applicants in Russia have resumed.
• Issuance of e-visas is suspended until further notice.
• Visa issuance has resumed for:
- Nationals and permanent residents of green-listed countries, from their country of citizenship or permanent residence.
- Private visas for close relatives of Russian citizens.
- Foreign investors who are owners/directors of a Russian company, will participate in an investment in Russia, or will sign an investment agreement/contract in Russia. The host company applies to the relevant regional administration to add the foreign national on a Ministry of Economic Development List, after which a business visa application is reviewed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Federal Security Service. Limited other exceptions apply.
• The following categories of travelers are now permitted entry (among limited others):
- Employment permit holders (including Highly Qualified Specialists) and their family members, carrying approval from the Federal Security Agency and the Ministry of Internal Affairs (additional approval required for HQS seeking multiple entries).
- British nationals, nationals and permanent residents of Abkhazia, Albania (charter flights), Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Maldives, Mainland China, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, the Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Yuzhnaya Osetiya, traveling from any of these countries directly by air and holding a visa or prior entry approval from the Federal Security Service and Ministry of Internal Affairs (entry approval may also be required for travel with stopovers); nationals and permanent residents of Belarus may also enter from these countries by direct flight.
- Nationals of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan entering by direct flight from their country of citizenship or from Armenia, Belarus, or Kyrgyzstan via an approved Russian airport.
- Belarussian nationals and permanent residents, traveling from Belarus by train.
- Nationals of Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine (Donetsk and Lugansk regions only) and Uzbekistan as well as residents of Abkhazia and Yuzhnaya Osetiya who are in transit to their home country.
- Belarussian nationals employed by Belarussian companies, working in shifts on industrial sites (related to nuclear energy, building, or oil and gas), carrying approval from the responsible Ministry or the State corporation for nuclear energy.
- Russian nationals and their close family members.
- Foreign national spouses and children of foreign nationals who are family members of Russian nationals.
- Permanent Residence Permit holders and their family members.
- Participants in the state program for relocation and their family members.
- Those installing or providing technical support for foreign equipment, holding Federal Security Service approval.
- Employees of organizations involved in building crucial energy infrastructure outside Russia under international nuclear power agreements.
- Eligible athletes and similar sports specialists as listed by the Ministry of Sport; foreign trainers and athletes under humanitarian visas carrying a Federal Security Agency entry pass; and their eligible family members.
- Students, holding a university-issued entry pass and Federal Security Agency approval.
• Flights from Tanzania to Russia are suspended.
• Land borders remain closed, with the following exceptions (among limited others):
- Land transit by permanent residents of another country with a valid document confirming such residence status. Permanent residents of Kaliningradskaya region (confirmed by passport stamp), traveling to or from this region by train and residents of Donetsk and Lugansk (Ukraine) regions (confirmed by passport stamp).
• Russian nationals can exit Russia by air without additional requirements. Russian nationals may exit Russia by land or water for work or study, or to visit family members permanently residing abroad.
• Citizens of countries with which Russia has not yet resumed regular air travel, and who still require entry permission from the Federal Security Service of Russia, now can check whether they are granted this permission on the Gosuslugi website.
• Services currently offered include:
- Virtual, with limited face-to-face interaction
- Lease checks
- Check in/out: prior to move-in, the unit has been pre-inspected; latest health or medical certification of all incoming occupants which will state that occupant/s was never a suspected or probable case individual/s and has never been identified as positive COVID-19 case individual(s), if identified, submit result of negative RT-PCR as per DOH standard; mandatory wearing of facemask, body temperature screening and use of foot bath.
• Timelines (normal)
• Market availability; mobility is limited to verify available properties
• Additionally agents can assist with:
- Needs assessment calls.
- Sharing housing market information.
- Sharing sample properties online.
- Conducting lease contract reviews and negotiation.
- Coordinating and assisting in utilities set-up such as internet and cable.
- Providing school information.
- Coordinating temporary housing bookings.
- Providing information on bank accounts opening requirements.
- Providing information on local registration requirements.
• Yes, bookings are being made virtually.
• No face-to-face support.
• Apartments are available.
• Kindergartens are permitted to reopen from 23 June; private kindergartens will open as well.
• It is not yet clear whether international schools will open.
• On June 8, the Mayor of Moscow signed Decree №68-УМ lifting COVID-19 restrictions in three stages:
• The first stage will start on June 9:
- The self-isolation regime is lifted for all Muscovites including people over 65 and citizens suffering from chronic diseases.
- QR passes and “walk schedules” are abolished.
- Hairdressers, beauty salons, photo shops, veterinary clinics and employment agencies can resume work.
- The restrictions on operations for car sharing providers are cancelled.
- Social organizations, film studios, recording studios and research institutes may return to their usual activities.
- Theatres, concert organizations and circuses can hold rehearsals.
- Restrictions on visiting city cemeteries are also lifted.
• As of 16 June:
- Restrictions on the provision of planned care in dental clinics will be lifted.
- Libraries, real estate offices, rental services, advertising, consulting and other agencies that provide services to citizens and businesses will be able to resume work.
- Museums, exhibition halls and zoos will open their doors; it is allowed to attend sports events, but so far provided that the stands will be filled by no more than 10%.
- Outdoor terraces of restaurants and cafes to be opened.
• As of 23 June:
- All cafes and restaurants to be reopened.
- Work of the sports industry can resume at fitness clubs, swimming pools and fitness centers .
- Passenger navigation on the Moscow River will be resumed.
- Restrictions on the operation of kindergartens will also be lifted (note – private kindergartens will reopen, but there is no confirmation yet whether the International schools will open for children aged 4-7).
- Restrictions on the use of elements of public infrastructure will be removed.
• All companies that are resuming operations are obliged to observe sanitary and epidemiological rules as prescribed by Rospotrebnadzor and Government of Moscow.
Public TransportYes. Public transportation is available.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
• Video only
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Air: Limited number of flights (case by case), high rates
• Sea: Limited and infrequent options available to all locations;
Shipping rates are high TBC case by case
• Normal at present
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
• No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative.