Russia has lifted entry restrictions for the citizens of Finland, Vietnam, India and Qatar as of 27.1.2021. The citizens of these countries as well as people living with residence permit in these countries are allowed to enter Russia via airport checkpoints. In turn, Russians will be able to fly to any of these countries. You can read the Russian Government release from here http://government.ru/en/docs/41386/.

From Finland, this means flights Helsinki-St.Petersburg and Helsinki-Moscow. In accordance with the national regulations, a certificate of the negative COVID-19 PCR-test result must be presented upon entry. You can read more about the testing and quarantine instructions to enter Finland from this link https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/entry-restrictions, and Finnair instructions from here https://www.finnair.com/it-en/flight-information/travel-updates/travelling-to-finland-2166342. To enter Russia the test certificate cannot be older than 3 calendar days.

Russian visas will be issued again

The Russian government has updated its legislation on visa types and the purpose of travel. As of February 8, 2021, the Russian consulate has started issuing tourist, business and employment visas, including multiple-entry visas. However, there are still restrictions on the issuance of cultural relations visa. It is not possible to travel to Russia with an e-visa at the moment neither.

The purpose of the trip 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, the employee must sign an employment relationship with a Russian client. Also, an official invitation must be obtained from the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Update 23.2.2021: The Russian consulate has stated that invitations issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs or Foreign Affairs for the travel purpose technical maintenance issued before 8.2.2021 can still be used to apply for a new visa called installation employment visa. This new visa can be issued for a maximum of double entry only, even though the technical maintenance invitation already has been issued for the whole year.

• 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. See our instructions later on how to obtain this visa through us.

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.

https://rg.ru/2021/01/29/mid-prikaz23235-site-dok.html Russian Government release, entered into force 8.2.2021.

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. Arrival in Russia is allowed only on direct flights from Helsinki to St. Petersburg and Moscow.

A Finnish citizen is allowed to fly to St. Petersburg and Moscow 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.

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 co-operation, 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. Notice, 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.

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 recovered virus or before the tip taken Antigen test are not valid for the Russian border authority. When traveling across land borders to Russia, a covid test certificate is not required unless a test requirement has been ordered in a specific area. 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. The negative test result must be uploaded to the official website Gosuslugi.ru. 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

Flying to Finland - Covid-19 test required

Finnair requires a certificate (English) of a negative Covid-19 test or a certificate of a coronavirus infection already cured for all arriving Helsinki. Please note that this also applies to Finnish citizens. However, the test result will not be required for children under the age of 12 or for those traveling from Helsinki on an international connecting flight. Finnair accepts a PCR test or LAMP test that is less than 72 hours old, and an Antigen test that is less than 48 hours old. The negative test result must include as follows: name of the person, date of birth, test result, test method, time of sampling, time of sample analysis, time of test result and issuer of the test result.

Via land borders to Finland

Those arriving Finland from Russia via land borders are not required to take a pre-arranged corona test.

The quarantine recommendation applies to all entries

For all entries, a 14-day voluntary quarantine is recommended, which can be shortened by two voluntary corona tests, if desired.