Date Updated

03/21/2022

  • COVID-19 Testing Requirements Vaccinated or Recovered Travelers Negative COVID-19 PCR test results (in English or Russian), from a test conducted no more than 48 hours before entry, for all foreign nationals. This includes passengers in transit. Those travelling 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, and the translation certified by a Russian consular officer. Russian nationals are exempt. On-arrival COVID-19 test for: Travelers from all countries, by random sample. Russian nationals must quarantine until they receive a negative test result. Fully vaccinated or recovered Russian nationals, whose vaccination or recovery certificate is uploaded on the Gosuslugi government portal, are exempt from on-arrival testing. Non-vaccinated Travelers Negative COVID-19 PCR test results (in English or Russian), from a test conducted no more than 48 hours before entry, for all foreign nationals. This includes passengers in transit. Those travelling 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, and the translation certified by a Russian consular officer. Russian nationals entering Russia have to complete a COVID-19 PCR test within three days of entry, and upload the test results 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 all countries, by random sample. Travelers must quarantine until they receive a negative test result. Quarantine Requirements 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; Citizens of the Republic of Belarus are exempt from sanitary-quarantine control.
  • 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 centres and territorial migration offices throughout the country have reopened. Prior appointment is typically required. HQS salary notifications and notifications of signing or terminating labour 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; and Foreign investors who are owners/directors of a Russian company; or 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. Travel Restrictions The following categories 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, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, the Maldives, Mainland China (including Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan; not recognized as separate states under Russian law), Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, the Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yuzhnaya Osetiya and Zimbabwe travelling 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, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan entering by direct flight from their country of citizenship; or from any open countries; via an approved Russian airport; Citizens of the Republic of Belarus can enter the Russian Federation, crossing the Russian- Belarus state border without any previously set restrictions - by car, by train and by plane; Nationals of Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine (Donetsk and Lugansk regions only) and Uzbekistan; and residents of Abkhazia and Yuzhnaya Osetiya, in transit to their home country; 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; and Students, holding a university-issued entry pass and Federal Security Agency approval. 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), travelling to or from this region by train; residents of Do netsk and Lugansk (Ukraine) regions (confirmed by passport stamp); and Belarusian nationals. 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.
    - Negotiations

    • 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.
  • Normal operations in accordance with the general infection control rules for the population are recommended
  • Yes. Public transportation is available.
  • Household Goods

    Survey (Video/In-person)
    • Video only

    Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
    • Yes

    Freight Availability/Cost
    • 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

    Road Availability
    • Normal at present

    Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
    • No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative.

Entry Restrictions

Normal

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