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"Do not travel to Russia due to the unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces in Ukraine, the potential for harassment against U.S. citizens by Russian government security officials, the Embassy's limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia, COVID-19 and related entry restrictions, terrorism, limited flights into and out of Russia, and the arbitrary enforcement of local law. U.S. citizens should depart Russia immediately."
Travel Requirements 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
Covid information for your trip
Do you know the Covid situation for your destination? Keep up with country-specific advisories and notifications.
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!
Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for Russia.
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Hepatitis B
For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
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.