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Visa issuance and border restrictions

In accordance with Decree № 635 of the Government of the Russian Federation of March 16, 2020, (as amended) only certain categories of foreign citizens (please see list below) are currently admissible in Russia and may apply for a visa.  Please note 3-year visas for American citizens are also temporarily unavailable even for persons falling into one of these categories.

All appointments made through the electronic system at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation are cancelled and will remain unavailable until the restrictions are lifted. The Russian Visa Center located at 2425 West Loop S, 3rd floor Ste 340, Houston, TX 77027 is temporarily closed. Exempted categories of individuals may make an appointment to apply for a visa by phone: 713-337-3300, or at:

Visas can be issued only to the following:

  1. Members of official delegations, employees of foreign embassies and consulates, offices of international organizations in Russia and their family members;

  2. Family members (spouses, parents, legal guardians, children) of Russian citizens, or of an ailing or recently deceased person in Russia regardless of citizenship, provided they carry documents confirming both condition and relation;

  3. International truck drivers, crew members of train, sea, river and air vessels;

  4. Permanent residents of the Russian Federation;

  5. Persons taking part in equipment maintenance in Russia;

  6. Highly qualified specialists employed by a Russian company;

  7. Persons seeking medical treatment, provided they have an invitation from a medical organization or the Ministry of Health;

  8. Participants in international sports events taking place in Russia.

COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements for foreign citizens entering Russia:

Foreign citizens and stateless persons entering Russia must at boarding present a medical document confirming negative COVID-19 PCR test result either in Russian or in English, taken within 72 hours prior to boarding. Such documents in other languages may only be accepted provided they are translated into Russian and notarized at a Russian consulate. The 14-day quarantine requirement no longer applies except for those arriving in Russia for employment (i.e. bearers of work visas).

News MFA of Russia