Traveling to Russia and visas (update 08.7.2021)
The traveling and visa restrictions between Finland and Russia remained mostly unchanged. Newsletter was updated 08.7.
At the moment, the Russian consulate issues tourist, business and employment visas, including multiple-entry visas. However, there are still restrictions on the issuance of cultural relations visas. Also it is not yet possible to travel to Russia with e-visa.
The Russian government has updated its legislation on visa types and the purpose of travel starting 8.2.2021.
The purpose of travel has been changed as follows:
• Technical service visa type has expired and will no longer be issued by the consulate. The new purpose of the trip can be installation work (монтажные работы), which is a sub-type of employment visa. For this visa, an official invitation must be obtained from the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
• In the future, only general business visas (business / деловая) can be applied with a direct invitation from the company.
• A multiple-entry visa issued to a child for the purpose of travel is issued to a family member only on the basis of an invitation issued by the Ministry of the Interior. Contact us in case you would like to apply for multyentryvisa for underaged travellers.
Please note that visas issued before 8.2.2021 allow normal travel. Please contact us if you want more detailed information. We will be happy to help you.
Traveling from Finland to Russia
Fly to St. Petersburg or Moscow
At the end of January 2020, the Russian government removed entry restrictions on air traffic for Finnish citizens and persons with a permanent residence permit in Finland. Starting from 14.04.2021, arrival to Russia is allowed by both direct and connecting flights.
Please note that it is possible to arrive in Russia by air only from those countries from where air traffic has officially been opened..
A Finnish citizen is allowed to fly to Russia without restrictions, provided he has a valid visa. In addition to a valid visa, a foreign citizen permanently residing in Finland must present at check-in a certificate of the right of permanent residence in Finland, such as a residence permit or an official certificate issued by the local register office (Digi- ja väestötietovirasto).
Restrictions still apply at land borders
When arriving in Russia via land borders, the restrictions still apply. At the moment, all foreign nationals can cross the land border for the following reasons: 1) State cooperation, freight drivers, air, ship and train crews, 2) Family members of a Russian citizen, funeral of a close relative, 3) Holders of a residence permit, 4) Installation and maintenance workers with an entry permit obtained by a Russian customer and issued by the Ministry of Industry. Please note, that from 8.2.2021 no new technical maintenance visas will be issued, the replacement visa type is the installation work “монтажные работы”, which is a sub-type of work visa. 5) Medical reasons, foreign nationals in need of an urgent care. In addition, the holder of a highly qualified worker visa may cross the land border with a special permit. In addition, the persons mentioned in Russian Government Decree 763-р may cross the land border.
Covid test and quarantine
Upon arrival in Russia by plane, a foreign citizen must present to the border authority a certificate of a negative Covid-19 PCR test not exceeding 72 hours old in English or Russian. A test result is also required for passengers continuing to a third country. Kindly note that a certificate of being recovered from corona virus or Antigen test taken before the trip, are not valid for the Russian border authority.
Update 07.05.2010: Upon arrival in Russia via land borders, a foreign citizen must present to the border authority a certificate of a negative Covid-19 PCR test not exceeding 72 hours old in English or Russian.
A Russian citizen is not required to have a negative test result to arrive in Russia, but a traveller must take a covid-19 test within 72 hours of entering the country and they need to fill out the form for arriving citizens on the website https://www.gosuslugi.ru/394604/1
As of 15.4.2021 Covid-19 test is required also for travelers through land borders. As of 07.07.2021 Russian citizens don’t have to take tests or remain in quarantine in case they have a vaccination certificate (valid for 1 year) or certificate of being recovered from coronavirus (valid for 6 months) from gosuslugi.ru service. Vaccination got abroad or certification of being recovered from coronavirus got abroad, are not valid for the Russian border authority.
14-day quarantine is mandatory only for persons coming to work in Russia. For others, the quarantine order has been revoked.
Arrival from Russia to Finland
As of 12.7.2021, a certification of being fully vaccinated or recovered from coronavirus in the last 6 months, are required from those arriving to Finland from Russia via land borders. If the arriving person presents either of the previously mentioned certificates, they have no other health safety obligations upon arrival in Finland.
Others have to present a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test made before arriving in the country, or a certificate of being vaccinated once at least 14 days before arrival. In both of these cases the arriving person also has to take a Covid-19 test 3-5 days after arrival to the country. They also need to avoid being in contact with others and stay at home or in their accommodation until they receive a negative test result.
If a person arriving to Finland does not have a certification of being fully vaccinated or being recovered from coronavirus or being vaccinated once at least 14 days before arriving to the country, or have a negative Covid-test result, they need to take the first Covid-19 test immediately after arrival to Finland and the second one in 3-5 days after the arrival.
The obligation to present a certificate of a Covid-test or to take a test after arrival, does not apply to people arriving in Finland from a country or region where the occurrence of coronavirus or the prevalence of the modified virus does not pose a special risk of spreading the epidemic.
The Finnish government has issued a decree on these countries and territories. These are Australia, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, China, Macao, Malta, Poland, San Marino, Singapore, New Zealand and the Vatican, as well as the municipalities of Omasvuono, Kaivuono, Raisin, Koutokeino, Kaarasjoki, Teno, Uuniemi and South Varangi in Norway. The regulation will be amended as the epidemic situation changes.
The obligation to take Covid.19 test applies to those over the age of 16 years. The law also defines some categories of exceptions that are not covered by the certification and testing requirement.
The right of Russian citizens to leave Russia
The right of Russian citizens to leave Russia is restricted only for land transport, while it is possible to leave the country by air without restrictions.
Across land borders it is possible to leave Russia, e.g. for the following reasons: citizenship of another country, residence permit, move to work or study in another country, visit to a close relative, owning a real-estate abroad or compelling medical reasons.
In addition, employees performing certain job duties may apply for permission from the government to leave the country. The restriction on Russian nationality does not apply to freight drivers or to the traveling of air, train and ship personnel.
For more information
Order of the Russian Government on exceptions regarding entry rules during COVID-19 times
Regulation of the Russian Health Authority on entry rules http://publication.pravo.gov.ru/Document/View/0001202104200067?index=0&rangeSize=1
Gosuslugi.ru - official website https://www.gosuslugi.ru/400705/1
Order of the Russian Government, which came into effect on 8.2.2021 https://rg.ru/2021/01/29/mid-prikaz23235-site-dok.html
Travel information of Finnair on the approval of corona vaccination certificate of the passengers arriving to Finland from 11.5.2021 https://www.finnair.com/fi-fi/tietoa-lennoista/matkustustiedotteet/saapuminen-suomeen-ulkomailta-2166376
Instructions of Aeroflot https://www.aeroflot.ru/xx-en/covid-19?_preferredLanguage=en&_preferredL...
Government instructions 27.1.2021, https://valtioneuvosto.fi/maahantulon-rajoitukset
Notice of the Russian government 25.1.2021, http://government.ru/news/41386/
Traveling of Russian citizens to Finland 17.1.2021 https://finlandabroad.fi/web/rus/aktualno/-/asset_publisher/TV8iYvdcF3tq/content/koronatietosivu-ven-c3-a4j-c3-a4ksi/384951