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Travel information for Russian citizens visiting the UK is available, in Russian, at http://www.rus.rusemb.org.uk/traveladvice/ In case of emergency Russian nationals can call the Embassy’s specially allocated phone line

+44 (0) 7721 337 434, in addition to other means of communication. This line is open 24/7 and is for emergencies only (no other information provided).

Varied information about Russia for UK citizens can be found at http://www.rusemb.org.uk/russia/

Bringing pets and animals to Russia

Import of pets and animals to Russia and transportation of pets and animals across the borders of the Eurasian Customs Union member countries (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia) are subject to the Regulations of the Commission of the Customs Union №254 of 4 December 2012 and №830 of 18 October 2011. This article contains provisions from the Regulations related to the import of animals in the Russian Federation.


Healthy rabbits, cats, dogs and other fur-bearing animals may be imported from territories that are free from infectious animal diseases such as:

  • Anthrax: for all types of animals, provided that the animal has not left the disease-free territory for a minimum of 20 days
  • Rabies, tuberculosis: for foxes, polar foxes, dogs and cats – provided that the animal has not left the disease-free territory for a minimum of 6 months

Specifically for minks and ferrets:

Healthy minks and ferrets can be imported from territories that are free from infectious animal diseases such as:

  • Mink encephalopathy, Aleutian disease of mink, provided that the animals have not left the disease-free territory for a minimum of 36 months
  • Tularemia, provided that the animals have not left the disease-free territory for a minimum of 12 months
  • Rabies, tuberculosis, provided that the animals have not left the disease-free territory for a minimum of 6 months

Specifically for rabbits:

Clinically healthy rabbits can be imported from territories that are free from infectious animal diseases such as:

  • Rabbit viral hemorrhagic disease, tularemia, pasteurellosis (Pastereulla multocida, Mannheimia haemolytica), provided that the animals have not left the disease-free territory for a minimum of 12 months
  • Myxomatosis, cowpox, vaccinia virus pox, provided that the animals have not left the disease-free territory for a minimum of 6 months


Animals in quarantine are screened and diagnosed for:

Minks: Aleutian disease of mink

Cats: dermatophytosis.

Those animals which have not been vaccinated over the last 12 months are vaccinated not later than 20 days before their transportation from the following diseases:

For all carnivores: rabies. Import, transit or movement of animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies is prohibited.

For foxes and polar foxes: canine distemper virus

For minks and ferrets: canine distemper virus, virus enteritis, pasteurellosis

For nutrias: pasteurellosis

For dogs: canine distemper virus, hepatitis, virus enteritis, parvoviral and adenoviral infections, leptospirosis

For cats: panleukopenia

For rabbits: myxomatosis, pasteurellosis and viral hemorrhagic disease. Vaccination against other infectious diseases may be requested by the relevant authority of the destination Country.


Up to two pet cats or dogs can be imported without import licence or quarantine, provided they have their international passports with a record of clinical examination made not earlier than 5 days before transportation.

There is no need to obtain a special veterinary certificate for animals transported to a third country through the territory of the Russian Federation.

Every animal’s passport should contain records about vaccinations made in full compliance with these Regulations and prove that every successive vaccination was done before the expiration of the previous vaccination.

A physical examination by a veterinarian should be made over a 5-day period before transportation and the passport should contain a record that gives the right to transport the animal in the next 120 days, provided that the latest vaccination is effective throughout.


Comments: 10

15.03.2021 20:02 - Charlotte Knight

Fingers crossed for the lifting of the flight ban soon so we can study and work in Russia as soon as possible

17.08.2019 19:41 - a Kelland

Russian people applying for visa ti visit the U.K. I am sorry and apologize for the behavior of the visa section of the British Embassy.We have a lot of people in the U.K suffering from mental illness in an effort to get rid of these people we send them to jobs outside the U.K mainly to the Visa Section.Please forgive us.

06.02.2019 11:53 - marlene murphy

Just come back from Moscow ,well about 30minby train out,broke my arm on the fith day had to go to emergency,my daughter inlaw translated for me but the doctor was great and it didn't cost anything,go there enjoy the food people just like anywhere in the world ps wont go again if its snowing so hope to go in spring,only because I tend to break joints with ease ha ha

11.08.2018 00:34 - Karen Swift

Do you have a list, in English, of the medicines which need a notarised prescription to take them into Russia please?

13.04.2018 22:58 - Mat

Just got back from Russia. Had a fantastic time. St Petersburg is by far the best city I have ever visited (and I've been to a lot). Great people. great history and the buildings are out of this world. Never once felt intimidated, even roaming the back street bars with my wife. We felt welcome in every bar and restaurant - and the food was brilliant. Would recommend anyone to go and see this clean beautiful city. Just wish the visa application was a bit easier but this will not stop us visiting again.

02.04.2018 19:33 - Stewart Lachlan

I’m sick of hearing the lies said against Russia in our news. Please accept this as a kind of apology from ordinary Brits for our governments stupidity and dishonesty, including the recent underhand moves. Finally after all these years our thanks for being our ally in defeating the Nazis all those years ago. Best regards, Stewart , Liverpool.

17.07.2017 00:46 - Maria Kharikova Rogova

The emergency number is not working, who do I call?

23.04.2017 05:24 - Carol Boychuk

Hi, I notice that there are 2 problems: 1. The question I sent to you is now on the page before this (travel advice) when I asked about my grandfather. I don't have facebook, so cannot see the replies back. Could you please email me the 2 comments. 2. Please remove my 1st email from that page. It looks really silly being posted there & I am embarrassed to have it on there. It was to an email between your office & myself, not to be posted. Thank you. Carol Boychuk

24.02.2017 02:14 - Carol Boychuk

Hi, I am not sure where to start with my questions, so I am starting here. My husband (Barry) & myself are Canadians. We are travelling May 30 - June 18/17, to Poland and the Ukraine, as some of our grandparents came from those countries. My question for you is this: My grandfather (Gustav Koberstein-Schwartz) was German, lived in Poland, but was in the Russian army. He played a trumpet in the Russian army band and used to talk of playing before the Czar at the Black Sea. He was born in 1894 in Chelm, (Kamien) Poland, and immigrated to Canada in April 1927. Since we will spend 2 nights at Odessa, which is on the Black Sea, do you think it would be anywhere near where my grandfather would have been stationed? I am sorry, but I do not know any more details about his military service. Or if I should direct this question to a different department or person, please let me know. Thank you for any help you can give me. Carol

06.08.2015 21:07 - Your opinion?

Statement from the website of the British Embassy in Moscow: "In response to allegations by the Russian Embassy in London about the treatment of Russian citizens seeking to enter the UK, the British Embassy would like to assure Russian citizens that there has been no change in our immigration rules and procedures. UK border officers are required to verify that all passengers from any country are entitled to enter the UK. It is not true to say that these checks are directed at Russian visitors or any other nationality. The UK remains committed to providing a quality visa service to Russian visitors in line with global service standards to all visitors to the UK who require visas. This service includes processing standard visa applications in 15 working days and qualifying priority visa applications within 5 working days. In the year 01 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 97% of nearly 110,000 visa applicants from Russia were successful. Of nearly 25,000 applicants who responded to our survey, 77% were very satisfied or satisfied with our service. We have also made a number of improvements to our service, offering priority and premium visa services."