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Russia eases covid restrictions for tourists starting July 15, 2022

Submitted by Visit Plus on Mon, 07/04/2022 - 17:33

Russia is easing covid restrictions on Russian borders from July 15, 2022. This means that both air and land borders of Russia will be open to both foreigners and Russians.

For example, earlier Estonia and Finland opened their land borders for Russians. But Russians could not leave Russia for these countries for tourism purposes. Russian citizens needed valid reasons to leave Russia across land borders (to Estonia and Finland) Tourist trips were banned.
These restrictions are removed from July 15, 2022.

Foreigners will also be able to come to Russia if they have a visa. To enter Russia, foreigners will need a PCR test. (This requirement does not apply to citizens of Belarus.)

It is possible that Russians will be able to travel more from July 15, 2022. But it is not yet clear whether this will happen in reality. To travel abroad, Russians need a passport and a visa. Passports have already expired for many Russians. Getting a Schengen visa can also be a problem. Another problem is that bank cards issued by Russian banks will not work abroad. Russians also cannot yet travel to China and Azerbaijan.

Barriers to the entry of foreign tourists into Russia remain. This, for example, is the requirement for a PCR test (for those who are not vaccinated with a vaccine approved in Russia). According to representatives of the Russian tourism business, this obstacle should be removed.
There are still difficulties with obtaining a Russian visa. Representatives of the tourism business offer to issue visas via the Internet, online (or even make entry visa-free).

Perhaps there will be some other changes and restrictions, the situation is unpredictable.


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