Last updated May 18, 2021

If you're thinking of taking a trip to Russia, it's a one-of-a-kind place to visit. From the colorful towers of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow to the frozen forests of Siberia, Russia is steeped in beauty, history and culture. Stretching over more than 6.6 million square miles, Russia takes up more than one-eighth of the earth's habitable land, and is one of the few countries to be in both Europe and Asia. Whether you're looking forward to exploring the canals of St. Petersburg or the unique world of the Russian Tundra, this vast country is sure to amaze and inspire you.

But before you leave home, make sure you're protected. Here is what you need to know about travel and trip insurance for Russia.

Is travel insurance required for Russia?

Yes, you'll need mandatory travel insurance for Russia. Most visitors need a visa to enter Russia. Obtaining travel insurance for Russian visas is part of the requirement. The processes and requirements to obtain a Russian visa vary by country, so please check with your local government to confirm criteria.

Regardless of your home country, Russian border officials can ask you about your insurance status while in the country. Protect yourself, your health and your investment with travel insurance.

COVID-19 in Russia

Cases of COVID-19 in Russia have been fairly high. Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage can help keep you physically and financially secure.

Be aware that you may need to change or postpone your plans if the COVID pandemic worsens or you no longer feel safe traveling. Be sure to check your country's embassy page frequently in order to determine whether or not you're allowed into Russia's borders.

Consider Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance so that you may recoup some of your costs should you need to cancel, postpone or cut short your original travel plans.

Health & safety

Visitors to Russia can expect to be fairly safe, particularly in large cities where police and tourist police forces. Still, petty theft can be an issue in populous areas and on public transportation. Keep your visa and passport with you at all times in case you're asked for identification. You may be fined if you don't have your identification when questioned by a police officer.

If you're visiting in the winter months, be sure to pack appropriately and stay warm!

Necessary vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination requirements for Russia.

All travelers:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
Many travelers:
  • Hepatitis A

Some travelers:
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B
  • Japanese Encephalitis

Once the COVID-19 vaccines are more widely distributed, vaccination may be required prior to departing your country of origin.

Visas & documentation

Visas for visitors to Russia vary greatly depending on your home country. Be sure to check with your local government or consulate to figure out what you need to visit Russia.

Many visas include a requirement for travel insurance. Even if it's not mandatory, travel medical insurance can be helpful for any visitors to Russia.