How to Travel to/from Russia During Coronavirus — #LoveIsNotTourism

Author: Aleksey Stepanenko (on 28 Aug 2020)
Coronavirus has made the borders closed. We publish regular updates on the current coronavirus travel restrictions in Russia every time we get a new piece of news. However, some people simply want to know how to get to their friends and loved ones during this period, so that's why we made this page where we will publish the success stories we hear about that actually worked. Note, this is not a legal advice and we disclaim any responsibility legal or otherwise that may arise from anyone using the information on this page. Also, check out the #LoveIsNotTourism hashtag on Twitter and LoveIsNotTourism.Com website that lists the latest updates for countries all around the world and if they are open to let the visitors from Russia to see their partners.

Route 1: UK - Russia

The border between UK and Russia is opened from the 1st of August. It means that UK citizens can travel to Russia and Russians can travel to UK. Both countries have their visa centers opened. We heard a report of somebody trying to drive to Russia from UK by car but they were not let both at the Belarussian and at the Estonian-Russian border. So we recommend taking a flight instead. 

Route 2: Turkey - Russia

Turkey and Russia opened their borders from the 1st of August. So it can be a possible meeting spot as it is easy to get to from Russia and Turkey is opened to most destinations abroad as well.


Route 3: Russia > UK > EU

As Russians can enter UK, then can come in, stay on a mandatory 14-day quarantine there, and then get to any EU country that allows entry from the UK. Most of EU countries have limitations based on the last place the person was at, not the nationality. Which means that a Russian person can travel to EU through UK as they won't pose any danger to anybody after they self-quarantine.


Route 4: Medical Reasons

Russia said that it is opened for visits for urgent medical reasons. So provided you have a Russian visa and a medical condition that could need an urgent treatment, you could make an appointment with a doctor in Russia or a western medical center. This doctor would then need to make a paper on their official letterhead where they explain why the treatment is urgent with a specific date (in Russian), and the Russian border authorities might let you in. Please, note, we do not have any real reports or success stories on this route, so if you have any news, please, let us know in the comments below or privately.


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