Russia: International Flight Updates

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December 2021 – January 2022: International Flights and Visa Updates

Vaccination QR codes are required to visit cafes, stores in St. Petersburg starting from January 2.

Visitors are allowed to food outlets and retail stores in St. Petersburg from January 2 on the basis of coronavirus vaccination or recovery certificates or medical exemption certificates, the city government said in its resolution.

The requirement does not cover works canteens, food outlets in hotels for guests and cafes in railway terminals and airports. QR codes are not be required in Saint Petersburg when visiting stores without merchandise space, gas stations, food stores and stores with essential goods.

On December 29, 2021, a federal law came into force on compulsory fingerprinting and medical examination of labor migrants, along with other categories of foreigners arriving for a period of more than 90 days.

Foreign citizens who arrived in Russia for more than 90 days are required to go through the fingerprinting and photographing in order to receive a certificate.

According to the new rules, labor migrants are required to undergo a medical examination within 30 days to confirm an absence of dangerous infections, including HIV, drug addiction. Here is the entire text of the new law (in Russian)

Fingerprinting and photo registration are carried out once, and medical examination is carried out at each entry into Russia. These requirements do not apply to diplomats, intergovernmental organization workers, citizens of Belarus and foreigners under the age of 6 years.

Russia lifted restrictions on scheduled and non-scheduled flights with the following states: Cuba, Mexico and Qatar starting from December 2021.

Air traffic was restored with Brazil and Argentina on the routes Moscow – Buenos Aires, Moscow – Rio de Janeiro 2 times a week. Flights between Moscow and San Jose are also allowed twice a week to Costa Rica.

Airplanes fly to Bangladesh 2 times a week on the route Moscow – Dhaka; it will be possible to fly to Ulan Bator 3 times a week from Moscow, one flight a week from Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk.

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June 2021

After a more than six-month-long suspension, Russia has lifted the ban on direct flights from the UK. Starting this month, authorities have allowed service to resume between Moscow and London.

As numbers continue to drop in other areas, flights will also resume to seven more countries starting June 10th. Carriers will then once more be able to fly between Russia and Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Lebanon, Luxemburg, Morocco, and Mauritius.

However, the ban on flights to Turkey and Tanzania will remain in place for at least another three weeks.

Russian Entry Restrictions

While Russia continues to gradually reinstate international flight connections, strict entry requirements remain in place. Only citizens and permanent residents, along with their family members, are allowed to enter the Russian Federation, along with those holding highly qualified specialist visas, Belarusian nationals, and airline crew.

Those traveling to watch any of the St Petersburg matches of the UEFA European Football Championship are also allowed in from two weeks before the first game and until the day of the last.

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Russian citizens must upload a COVID-19 PCR test certificate to the Unified Public Services Portal online no later than three days after arrival. Since May 1st, an additional test must be taken five days following the flight, until when travelers are obliged to isolate themselves at home. Foreign nationals have to present a negative PCR result prior to boarding, where the test itself can not have been conducted more than 72 hours before departure.

March 2021

Air India is commencing direct flights to and from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport (Pushkin Airport) starting from April 14 following the air bubble agreement. The air bubble arrangement between two countries will be valid until October 28.

Russia has extended a ban on flights to and from Britain by one month up to April 16 due to a variant of the coronavirus first detected in the UK.

Aeroflot will start scheduled flights from Moscow to Mahe, Seychelles, from April 2, the Russian air carrier told TASS last week.

Earlier this month

Russia’s low-cost airline Pobeda will resume flights to Italy’s Bergamo starting March 26, the company said in its mailout to passengers.

Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot is reducing the frequency of regular flights to 13 foreign destinations from March 28 to April 30 2021, the airline has announced.

Russian civil aviation officials announced that Russian Federation is resuming scheduled commercial flights with Armenia and Azerbaijan, previously suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, starting today.

Russia’s Aeroflot announced its plans to carry out four flights per week to Yerevan starting on February 15, and two flights per week to Baku, starting on February 17.

Currently, tourists are allowed entry to Armenia, but are required to have a PCR test made no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Entry to Azerbaijan, however, is currently closed for tourists. Only diplomats, foreigners with relatives with Azerbaijani citizenship, foreigners with work or residence permit and students are allowed entry, but must have a PCR test made no more than 48 hours prior to departure.

Aeroflot is temporarily making changes to its schedule of international flights. From March 28 to April 30, the frequency of flights from Moscow to Antalya, Belgrade, Bishkek, Delhi, Dubai, Geneva, Cairo, London, Minsk, Nur-Sultan, Seoul, Tokyo, Helsinki will be reduced,” according to the official press – release.

Passengers of canceled flights will be able to rebook tickets for operated flights or refund their money, the airline added.

Earlier, Aeroflot extended the cancelation of almost 90 regular international flights until April 30.

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