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CONSULAR SECTION INFORMS

08.08.2020

Resuming flights between Russia and the UK

 

Since the flights between the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom have resumed from 1 August and due to arising questions from those, who want to travel from London to Moscow, we would like to draw your attention to some points, related to the entry of foreign citizens to the Russian Federation.

As you know, due to the pandemic COVID-19 the Russian Federation amid other countries has imposed restrictions on entering its territory. The decision of the Government of the Russian Federation to lift these restrictions for several countries, including the UK, does not mean automatically that any foreign citizen from any country can enter the Russian Federation using London as a transit point to fly to Moscow. This particularly concerns transit passengers from different countries.

Currently, speaking about the UK, such restrictions have been lifted regarding only British citizens and those, who live in the UK with a residence permit or another official document, confirming their permanent residence in the UK. Other foreign citizens being in the UK on a temporary basis do not have the right either to apply for a Russian visa in the UK or to travel to Russia from London even holding a valid visa, unless he is subject to be exempted from the above mentioned restrictions.

We strongly advise to check beforehand at the Russian Embassy or Consulate in the country of residence, whether a particular person is allowed to enter the Russian Federation flying from London.

In order to be accepted for boarding the plane to Russia, all foreign citizens have to provide a printed medical document (in English or Russian) confirming the negative PCR test for COVID-19, passed not earlier than 3 calendar days before arrival to Russia. They will be also asked to show it upon arrival at the border control. I would like to underline that the document must be printed out. SMS or any other form of confirmation on the mobile phone will not be accepted. Moreover, if this document is in another language, it should be translated into Russian and certified by the respective Russian Consulate.

Those foreign citizens, who are coming to Russia with a visa for permanent work, besides that, will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

You can find all necessary information and respective links on the website of the Russian Embassy in London www.rusemb.org.uk in Visa and Consular Services questions. Please, bear in mind that not complying with these conditions is at your own risk and responsibility.


Lifting the restrictions on entering the Russian Federation for citizens of several countries

https://www.rusemb.org.uk/consnews/109

 

Resuming flights to Russia

https://www.rusemb.org.uk/consnews/111

 

On the medical COVID-19 certificate

https://www.rusemb.org.uk/consnews/110




LATEST EVENTS

12.10.2020 - Organizing a Q&A session on consular issues

We are currently thinking of organizing eventually an online-discussion of practical consular matters with respective consular officers. The exact date and time as well as technical matters of participation in this event will be fixed later.


09.10.2020 - E-visa to Russia from 2021

The e-visa, which is already available for some Russian regions, will be introduced for the whole country from the beginning of 2021.


02.10.2020 - Entry to the Russian Federation on a visa-free basis

We would like to draw your attention on entering the Russian Federation from the UK of third-country nationals having the right to travel to Russia on visa-free basis in accordance with bilateral agreements.


30.09.2020 - On refusal to board the plane to Russia

Due to multiple complaints from foreign nationals, living in the UK, on refusal for boarding the plane to Russia, we would like to draw your attention to the following.


22.09.2020 - On entry into force of the Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation on simplified issuance of visas to the nationals of the two countries

On 30 August 2020 the Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation on simplified issuance of visas to the nationals of the two countries entered into force.


17.09.2020 - To the attention of foreign airlines operating flights to Russia

Russian citizens flying from London or transiting London to Moscow and Saint-Petersburg (eventually other cities) do not need any document of residence in the UK.


13.08.2020 - Entry to Russia for non-UK citizens, living in the UK.

Non-UK citizens have the right to enter the Russian Federation from the UK through air border crossings of the Russian Federation only if they hold a residence permit or another document.


12.08.2020 - Visa-free entry to Russia with diplomatic and service passports.

The visa-free procedure for short-term entry into the territory of the Russian Federation for foreign citizens holding diplomatic and service passports.


03.08.2020 - Resuming flights to Russia

We would like to draw the attention of foreign citizens who are planning to fly to Russia.


30.07.2020 - On the medical COVID-19 certificate

We would like to draw your attention to the comments received from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency regarding the provision of certificates on the absence of COVID-19.



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