Russia Travel Information
Russian authorities stopped all regular air traffic
to/from Russia on March 27 as a measure to limit the
spread of the covid-19 virus. Transit via Russia is
therefore also not possible. The only flights to Europe
now are any EU coordinated or Russian special flights
from Moscow. For other relevant information about
coronavirus and travel restrictions, see the section on
Health and Entry.
Self-isolation regimen to limit the spread of infection
has now been introduced in large parts of Russia. It is
the individual federation subject that introduces
necessary anti-infection measures such as quarantine
regulations, bans etc. based on local conditions. It is
therefore important to be aware that there may be
variations between the regions. Some regions have also
introduced exit/entry restrictions. For more information
see the website of the Russian government (Russian).
As of March 30, cross-border traffic from Russia has
been temporarily suspended, with the exception of
foreign nationals leaving the country. Individuals with
dual Norwegian/Russian citizenship or Russian
citizenship and residence permits in Norway can also
leave Russia to travel to Norway (single departure). The
latter exception follows from the government decree of
The above also applies to outbound crossings to
Finland for transit to Norway. Further travel plans to
Norway must be documented (flight/ferry ticket for
further travel without stay).
As of April 29, Russian border crossings (along
national borders) are no longer closed for departure for
Russian citizens who also hold another citizenship (eg
Norwegian) or valid residence permit in another country
(eg Norway). These groups thus have the opportunity to
travel out of Russia across national borders to travel
to the country in which they have permanent residence.
However, such departure can only be carried out once.
There are no restrictions on leaving for foreign
nationals without Russian citizenship.
- Countryaah: Moscow is the capital
of Russia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
For trips across the Russian-Norwegian border, see
the Murmansk section.
Questions related to Russian exit restrictions must
be directed to Russian authorities, such as the Russian
Embassy in Oslo, or local police (MVD's local office).
For travelers to Moscow: According
to official statistics , Moscow is
still the epicenter of the covid-19 virus in Russia. One
must be prepared that the number of infected people will
continue to rise rapidly in the coming days and weeks.
Moscow has introduced stringent measures to prevent the
spread of infection, including self-insulation for all
inhabitants. This is currently valid until 13 May, but
it may be further extended depending on the infection
situation. All restaurants, malls and public parks are
temporarily closed. It is also encouraged to refrain
from visiting churches. All schools are also closed. It
is only possible to leave the home in an emergency, and
when purchasing food and pharmacy.
All travelers to Moscow must take into account the
regulations issued by the Moscow mayor on March 5, 2020
on the introduction of a high emergency regime.
According to the regulations, anyone traveling to Moscow
from areas where new cases of new coronavirus infection
have been registered must notify local authorities upon
arrival in Moscow on hotline telephone number +7 (495)
870-45-09, and contact a doctor if they have respiratory
symptoms. Travelers may be asked to provide contact
Those arriving in Moscow from countries with the
spread of the coronavirus infection, including Norway,
shall provide for self-isolation (quarantine) for two
weeks from arrival. An electronic system has been
introduced that requires that you have to search and get
permission to leave the home for specific purposes.
Those who violate the quarantine provisions are fined
(information in Russian). For more information on the
measures taken by the city authorities, see the website
of the Moscow authorities (Russian).
For travelers to/from Murmansk county:
On March 12, 2020, the Government of Russia
decided to temporarily halt passage to Russia
by foreign (non-Russian) nationals across the
Norwegian-Russian border (Storskog/ Borisoglebsk).
The Norwegian border is also closed to foreigners
without a residence permit, but for the time being it is
possible for Norwegian citizens and persons with legal
residence to cross the border to Norway, provided that
Norwegian quarantine regulations are followed. On April
29, the Russian government changed the restrictions on
leaving Russian citizens with dual (Norwegian/Russian)
citizenship, as well as Russian nationals with residence
permits in another country (eg Norway). Please note that
14 days of compulsory quarantine in Murmansk have now
been introduced for all travelers to the county from
other parts of Russia.
Persons who wish to travel to Norway via Storskog and
do not drive their own car, should contact the Norwegian
Consulate General in Murmansk ([email protected], tel.
+7 8152 400 300) for assistance in organizing transport
to the border . From April 15 and until then, the border
is open for passage every day in the period from 10.00
to 13.00 Norwegian time (11.00 to 14.00 Russian time).
NOTE: You must arrange for transport from Storskog
border station on the Norwegian side; It is currently
not possible to book a taxi. Domestic flights from
Kirkenes are reduced and can be canceled at short
notice. Quarantine regulations can make it difficult to
book hotel rooms in Murmansk and Kirkenes.
For travelers to St. Petersburg: All
travelers to St. Petersburg must take into account the
restrictions imposed by an elevated emergency regime
that runs until May 12. The authorities are asking
everyone (with a few exceptions) to stay home.
Restaurants, malls and public parks are closed. The same
goes for shops and malls other than grocery stores,
pharmacies and others selling essential goods. It is
also encouraged to refrain from visiting churches. The
authorities recommend everyone to use a mouthwash/mask
when staying in a public place (on the street, in the
store/pharmacy, on public transport, in taxis, etc.).
Russian authorities are urging anyone arriving in St.
Petersburg from countries where coronavirus infection
cases - including Norway - have been identified to call
112 and provide whereabouts and contact information, as
well as go on a 14-day quarantine (self-isolation) upon
arrival. City authorities advise against people not
living in St. Petersburg to visit the city.
It is recommended to contact the Russian Embassy in
Oslo for further information on travel to the country.
More information about the coronavirus, spread and
security measures can be found in the following sources:
- Directorate of Health: New coronavirus
- no: Information on travel advice and coronavirus
- World Health Organization WHO (English):
Coronavirus disease (covid-19) outbreak
Russian health conditions are usually good, and food
is usually cooked hygienically. It is not recommended to
drink tap water. No special vaccines are required for
short stays in Russia.
Russia has a rapidly growing number of people
infected with HIV.
The Russian public health system has highly trained
personnel, but the lack of equipment and medicines means
that the standard is consistently lower than in Norway.
There are international medical centers, dental clinics
and specialty hospitals in the larger cities that
provide high-quality assistance for a fee. The National
Insurance Scheme does not cover health services for
tourist stays and it is therefore necessary to purchase
comprehensive travel insurance when traveling to Russia.
For official health professional travel advice, refer
to the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Visa: The traveler has an
independent responsibility to read and comply with the
entry regulations (visa regulations). use the correct
application procedure, provide correct and accurate
information and comply with visa requirements including
validity. Always check that the correct visa has been
issued (visa type, personal information, duration)
It is recommended to obtain information from the
Russian Embassy in Oslo's website.
Russia has a visa requirement for Norwegian citizens.
A visa cannot be obtained at a border crossing and must
be obtained before entering the country. If you are in
transit, you do not need a transit visa unless you
change airport. For travel from Russia to Belarus and
vice versa, a visa is required. Flights from Belarus
always land on the domestic terminal in Moscow, and a
visa is required for terminal change. The visa
application must state which places you have planned to
From October 2019, an electronic visa has
been introduced for travel to St. Petersburg
and Leningrad Oblast (county) as well as
Kaliningrad and the country's easternmost part, for
short-stay stays and on special conditions. E-visa is
applied through electronic application portal. It is
recommended to carefully read the application procedure
and e-visa terms and conditions.
Please note that the name must be spelled exactly as
shown in the electronic line at the bottom of the
passport page with personal data without the use of æ,
ø, å, ä, ö, ¨¹ etc. Note approved boundary place
of entry and exit and for topical mode of transport
(air/car; not for arrival by train). The departure
time must not be exceeded. Entry from or exit to
other parts of Russia by e-visa is not
possible. Violation of the terms of e-visa may result in
rejection at the border and expulsion for a period of
Any questions should be directed to the Russian
Embassy or the Russian Visa Center in Oslo.
Stays beyond the period of validity of the
visa are considered violations of Russian
immigration law and can be punishable by a fine and
entry ban. Persons residing in Russia must arrange to
leave the country before the expiry of the visa and no
later than the last day of validity of the visa. After
the visa expiration date, people without a valid stay
can be denied a hotel. See more details about assistance
with expired validity on the website of the Norwegian
Embassy in Moscow. Validity is counted from midnight
arrival day at. 00:00 to midnight on the last day of the
visa's validity period, at 24:00.
From 19 March, foreign citizens can renew their visas
or temporary/ permanent residence permits in Russia.
This applies for whatever purpose and upon renewal of a
valid or already expired visa. He or she should contact
the Ministry of the Interior's Local Migration Office
(MVD) at the nearest police station at the place of
residence to submit a simple written request for an
More information on visas and other useful
information can be found on the website of the Russian
Embassy in Oslo.
Foreign nationals must register no later than seven
days after arrival in Russia. Hotel or tourist
organizations will assist with registration. If you live
privately, you can for example. register the visa at the
police passport department (pasportnyj chair/OVIR/§°§£§ª§²).
It is also possible to register by mail.
People with dual citizenship (Norwegian/Russian)
should be aware that Russia does not recognize dual
citizenship. Norwegian citizens who enter Russia on a
Russian passport are considered Russian citizens in
Russia, and the Norwegian embassy cannot normally assist
the Russian authorities in such situations.
People who are traveling in Russia with
Russian passports, must also go out with
Russian passport (foreign passport), cf.
"Travel document, passport," below.
Import and export: When entering, it
is allowed to pass on a green zone with up to USD 10,000
(or other currency) in cash without having to fill out
customs declaration papers. There is no upper limit for
the import of foreign currency, but larger sums and
valuable items such as electrical articles, jewelry,
instruments and antiques must be cleared (pass on red
zone). The clearance at entry is crucial for any export
of currency/valuables again upon departure.
When leaving, cash must be cleared between USD 3000
and USD 10,000. The maximum amount for legal export is
USD 10,000 (or other currency) unless otherwise stated
upon entry. Customs clearance documents shall be
available at all border crossings. For more details see
When importing cash, banknotes of recent date should
be included, and the exchange of money must only be done
at official exchange offices. However, it is recommended
to bring as little cash as possible as most places are
easily accessible at ATMs where credit cards can be used
in the usual way.
There are strict restrictions on the export of
Russian antiques, icons, medals, art and other objects
of historical or cultural value. Therefore, receipts
must be kept for all purchases of this type of item in
Russia. Export certificates and approval from the
Ministry of Culture must be obtained before the goods
can be taken out of the country, but export certificates
will not be issued for items older than 1917.
Travel document, passport: Persons
who have refugee status in Norway will be issued a
travel certificate (green passport). This is valid for
all countries except the refugee's home country.
Persons with a residence permit pursuant to section
38 of the Immigration Regulations (strong human reasons)
may be issued with an immigrant passport.
Persons who are not Norwegian citizens, but who have
a residence permit and have been issued a travel
certificate or foreign national passport, can in case of
emergency (loss of passport) be issued a passport letter
at the embassy for one return trip to Norway.
The embassy issues manual emergency passports in
cases where Norwegians are stolen or have lost their
ordinary passports. Emergency passports are only issued
to Norwegian citizens. It is not possible to issue
emergency passports to a dual citizenship person who has
entered Russia with their Russian passport.
Press visa: Norwegian journalists
need both press visa and accreditation in order to work
as a journalist in Russia. It is important to be out in
time if you want to travel to Russia as a journalist.
Press visas must be applied to the Russian Embassy in
Oslo or the Russian Consulate General in Kirkenes.
Accreditation must be applied for from the Russian
Foreign Ministry (MID).
For the complete overview, read about press visas and
accreditation on the website of the Norwegian Embassy in
In Russia, with the exception of areas covered by the
Travel Council, it is mainly safe to travel but extra
vigilance is recommended. Official travel advice from
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been provided for
trips to the North Caucasus.
Note: Crimea (including Sevastopol) is part of
Ukraine under international law. Accordingly, travel
advice for Crimea is listed under Ukraine. You can see
the travel advice here.
Note: In recent years, and now in 2019, a number of
cities in Russia, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, and
Murmansk, have on several occasions been hit by a large
number of bomb threats aimed at shopping malls, railway
stations, schools and others. public buildings. This has
led to evacuation of buildings and temporary closure of
relevant areas. So far, these bomb threats have turned
out to be false. Norwegian citizens staying or traveling
in Russia are generally encouraged to be vigilant,
especially in public places, and follow the advice of
Norwegian citizens staying in or traveling in Russia
are encouraged to be careful about the visa rules and
always carry their passports. It is important to observe
the validity of the visa and check the duration before
departure. It is recommended to have a copy of your
passport and visa somewhere in your luggage other than
where the passport is stored.
From time to time, Russia is affected by terrorist
acts or acts of loss of human lives, mainly in the North
Caucasus and major cities. The terrorist attacks have
previously been aimed primarily at Russian police,
soldiers and government officials, but arbitrary terror
has also been the cause of dozens of civilian victims,
including foreign nationals. The most exposed public
transport stations and transport systems, the railway
stations and the subway, the subways.
The North Caucasus constitutes a particularly poor
and uncertain area, where kidnappings, hostages, suicide
bombers, road bombs and other violent incidents have
occurred. Foreigners have also been affected. The
embassy has little opportunity to provide consular
assistance in the North Caucasus. Only strictly
necessary trips to the region should be made.
In recent years, there has been an increase in
racially and extremist motivated violence, including in
connection with demonstrations by rights activists.
Russia, like many other countries, has its share of
crime, and one should always be vigilant against
pickpockets and scammers. Particularly vulnerable places
are areas where many people are crowded together, such
as on the subway, in the subways, at train stations,
airports, markets, tourist attractions, hotels and
restaurants. Foreigners have been found to be
particularly vulnerable in and around nightclubs and on
their way home after drinking new alcohol. It should be
noted that in certain situations, the violence threshold
can be significantly lower than what you are used to.
Homosexuality is not prohibited in Russia, but
homophobic attitudes are prevalent in Russian society.
Traditional and nationalist attitudes can manifest
themselves in aggression or violence against people of
non-Russian appearance or non-heterosexual lifestyle. In
general, conflicts, etc., should be avoided where there
is a danger that such conflicts may arise.
Prohibition of "propaganda against minors for
nontraditional sexual relations" came into force on July
1, 2013. For foreign nationals, violations result in
fines of up to 100,000 rubles (about NOK 14,000),
possible administrative detention for up to 15 days, and
expulsion from the Russian Federation.
Russian police check the identification papers of
both Russians and foreigners on the street, and one
should therefore always carry the passport to avoid any
unpleasantness. If people are suspected of pretending to
be police or seeking financial gain, one should insist
on seeing identification, taking note of it, and
possibly claiming to be taken to the nearest police
station. Corruption is a problem in Russia, which can
include both police and other government officials. In
case of doubt, contact the embassy.
Financial fraud is common in various forms of
publicity dissemination, especially over the Internet
(see Warning against Internet Fraud).
Russia has a well-developed train network which it is
mostly safe to use. However, one should not leave the
passenger compartment unattended, and care should be
taken especially when traveling by night train.
Russian flights comply with ICAO's international
technical safety requirements for aviation (see ICAO).
Domestic routes, especially in distant areas, may have
varying security standards. The level of service is
consistently at par with Western companies.
The Russian road network is of varying quality.
International driver's licenses are required (as issued
by NAF in Norway), and together with car insurance this
is sufficient to drive a car in Russia for shorter
periods. Russia became a member of the "green card
system" in January 2009, but Norwegians unfamiliar with
Russian traffic conditions should obtain the necessary
information about this in advance. The Russians have
high death rates in traffic and a restless driving style
seen with Norwegian eyes. The driver limit is 0.0, but
it appears that drivers are driving in the affected
condition. Car robberies have also been reported along
the country's roads. Pedestrians are not always taken
Floods occur from time to time in Russia, mainly in
Siberia, and earthquakes in the North Caucasus and
Russia's Pacific region. At regular intervals there are
also large forest and peat fires.
Norway is represented in Russia with embassy in
Moscow, consulates in St. Petersburg and Murmansk and
honorary consulate in Arkhangelsk.
Norwegian citizens who are staying for a shorter or
longer period in Russia are encouraged to register on
Emergency telephones: Common emergency
Fire 101, police 102, ambulance 103 (from landline or
In an emergency, contact the Norwegian Embassy in
Moscow or the Consulates General of St. Petersburg and
Murmansk. Outside the working hours of the consulates
and the embassy, travelers can contact the UD's
operational center on
tel.: +47 23 95 00 00 or by e-mail: [email protected]
Russia spans eleven time zones. Time difference
between Norway and central Russian time (Moscow, St.
Petersburg) is in summer + 1 hour and in winter + 2
hours (UTC + 3)
The Russian ruble is the only current currency. It is
not necessary to bring large amounts of hard currency.
ATMs are very common in the larger cities, and most
shops and restaurants accept credit cards. When
traveling to smaller places one should bring Russian
Area code +7, Moscow +7 495 and +7 499. The mobile
network in Russia is of the GSM type and well-developed.
There is coverage in all central areas.
Russia uses 220 volts with the same type of sockets
as in Norway.
Banking, public offices and shops are usually open
from 10am to 7pm. Many shops also have 24-hour service
and Sundays. In less central areas, breaks in the middle
of the day are common.
National Holidays: 1st-5th. January
(New Year), January 7 (Russian Orthodox Christmas),
February 23 ("Fatherland's Day of Defense"), March 8
(Women's Day), May 1 (Workers' Day), May 9 (Victory
Day), 12. June (Russian National Day/ Independence Day)
and November 4 ("Day of Peace and Reconciliation"). If
the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the day off
is often moved to the nearest regular weekday.
Green card (car insurance): As of
January 1, 2009, Russia, as the 45th country in a row,
is a member of the green card system. This means that
vehicles from the other 44 countries, including the
Norwegian registered, with a valid green card issued in
the country of registration can cross over the Russian
border and drive in Russia without having to take out
Russian border insurance.
Russian is an official language, and only a minority,
mainly younger people in the larger cities, speak
English. It is an advantage to know the Cyrillic
alphabet. Russians dress relatively formally, and it is
common to dress up when going out to concerts,
It is prohibited to photograph military installations
or areas of strategic importance, including airports,
and some public buildings.
The Russian border limit is set to 0.0. There are
severe penalties for the use and possession of drugs.
The conditions in the prisons are different from those
found in Norway.
Below is a list of the Embassy of Norway in Moscow
and consulates in Russia:
Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow
Address: Ulitsa Povarskaja 7, 115127 Moscow
Nearest Subway Stop: Arbatskaya (light blue line)
Phone: +7 499 951 1000
Fax: +7 499 951 1001
Email: [email protected]
Website: https: //www.norway.no/ru/russia/
Office hours: 09.00-17.00 (16.00 Friday). Daylight
saving time: 09.00-16.00
Consulate General of St. Petersburg
Address: Ligovsky prospectus 13-15 (3rd floor), 191014
Phone: +7 812 612 41 00/+47 23 95 90 00
Fax: + 7 812 612 41 01
E-mail: cons.gen.stpetersburg @ mfa.no
Website: Consulate General of St. Petersburg
Office Hours: 09.00-17.00 (16.00 Friday). Daylight
saving time: 09.00-16.00
Consulate General of Murmansk
Address: Proezd Kapitana Tarana 25 (6th floor), 183025
Phone: +7 815 240 0300
Fax: +7 815 240 0301
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Consulate General of Murmansk
Office Hours: 09.00-16.00
Royal Norwegian Honorary Consulate,
Address: Ul. Pomorskaja, 16, 163000 Arkhangelsk, Russia
Honorary Consul in Arkhangelsk is Andrej Shaljov
Phone: +7 8182 65 10 43
E-mail: [email protected]