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Can I visit Moscow, Russia in 2024?
5 min read
Updated on Feb 15, 2024

Exploring Russia in 2024 requires thoughtful consideration and planning, but is not impossible. Amid a backdrop of historic landmarks and cultural richness, travelers must carefully navigate current global dynamics for a smooth trip and get the right visa.

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This guide provides essential information on Russian visa requirements for tourism and business, how to visit the country, travel safety, as well as the logistical aspects – ensuring you're well-prepared for your journey.

Also read our travel reporter’s handy Moscow Airport Guide for expert insights on what to expect upon arrival.

Russia travel advice: Is it possible to visit Russia right now?

In short, yes, it is possible to visit Russia in 2024. In fact, the country has recently implemented a new visa process, making it efficient and quick to complete and be on your way.

Whether you’re planning to visit the beautiful cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, or another destination for tourism, or attend business meetings in the country, we’ve got you covered.

Russia Visa requirements and process

Stepping into Russia is easier than you might think. For business or pleasure, the first step is understanding your visa requirements.

Russia eVisa

The Russia eVisa (electronic visa) is available for travelers from over 50 countries, including places like Europe, Korea, Mexico, and India, aimed at tourism and certain business trips. It’s simple to apply online, and the visa will be linked electronically to your passport, no embassy visits needed.

This Single Entry visa allows a stay of up to 16 days Per Entry and must be used within 60 days from when it’s issued.

Learn more about the Russia eVisa

Russia Tourist Visa

The Russia Tourist Visa is required for travelers without eVisa eligibility or visa-free access, obtainable at Russian embassies or consulates. If you’re looking for support, we offer a simplified process in which we guide you through the process.

It's designed for tourism, business, or visiting family and friends. Options include a single-entry visa for a 30-day visit (90 days for U.S. citizens) or a Single Entry visa allowing several visits within 90 days, each up to 14 days.

Learn more about the Russia Tourist Visa

Russia Business Visa

The Russian Tourist Visa enables you to visit the country for business negotiations, seminars, conferences, and meetings with Russian partners. Like the tourist visa, this application requires visiting a Russian Embassy or Consulate. We’re here to guide you through the process.

This visa comes in single-entry (up to a 90-day stay), double-entry (two visits, up to 90 days each), and multiple-entry versions (valid for 1 year, with stays of 90 days every 180 days).

Learn more about the Russia Business Visa

Russian Tourist or Business Invitation Letter

The Russia Tourist Invitation Letter or Business Invitation Letter is necessary for all nationalities applying for a Russian Tourist or Business Visa.

Please note that the invitation letter is not a visa but an additional requirement in the application process. Basically, it acts as a double-check and proof of why you’re visiting the country.

An invitation letter is not required for visa-free travelers or those applying for a Russian eVisa.

If you’re unsure which visa you need, use our handy Visa Checker Tool and apply instantly for the right document.

Current travel conditions in Russia

In 2024, Russia welcomes visitors and business travelers, albeit with a few considerations:

  • Safety considerations: Due to the current political situation, it’s wise to consider some precautions:
  1. Keep your travel plans under constant review and book flexible tickets.

  2. Ensure your travel documents are up-to-date and you have the appropriate visa.

  3. Keep an eye on local media.

  4. Stay alert to security warnings and follow the advice of local authorities.

  5. Keep your home country’s embassy and insurance contact details on hand in case of emergencies.

  • Political climate: Stay informed about the latest advisories from your home country and Russia and adjust your travel plans accordingly.

  • Travel insurance: Don't forget to secure comprehensive travel insurance, covering both health and trip cancellations. Some insurance companies may not cover trips to Russia due to negative travel advice, so remember this when comparing coverage options.

  • COVID-19: There are currently no COVID-19 restrictions or requirements to enter the country.

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How to get to Russia: Transport options by air and road

Many countries, such as the United Kingdom and EU countries, currently don’t offer direct flights to and from Russia. Commercial flight options are limited and can sell out quickly. Here’s some guidance on how to get to Russia.

Traveling to Russia by air

Currently, the only options to fly to Russia are via the Middle East, Serbia, and Turkey. The following airlines may offer a route, but make sure to book ahead as spaces are limited:

  • Air Serbia

  • Turkish Airlines

  • Pegasus Airlines

  • Belavia

Don’t forget to check out our expert travel reporter’s recent experience of traveling to Moscow Airport to plan your trip.

Traveling to Russia by road

Land borders can get pretty packed, so brace yourself for a lengthy wait when entering or exiting Russia. You might also face some questions at the border about the reasons for traveling. In times of unrest, it's wise to keep an eye on local media for any updates before you head out.

Also, note that some European countries have put a stop or restrictions on vehicles with Russian registration from entering. The list includes Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Norway. Planning to drive in from Russia? Make sure you check if you're good to go.

Regarding bus travel: a few companies offer international trips, but the situation's always evolving.

For bus schedules, ticket info, and availability, take a look at:

  • Ecolines – for trips from/to Riga (Latvia), Tallinn (Estonia), Vilnius (Lithuania), and other European cities

  • Baltic Shuttle – for a ride to/from St. Petersburg to Tallinn (Estonia)

  • Lux Express – if you're heading to/from St. Petersburg to/from Riga (Latvia) or Tallinn (Estonia)

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What to expect when arriving in Russia

Packed your bags, got your passport and visa ready, and booked your flights. Now what?

Our travel reporter Ra’eesah is here to give you all the information you need to visit Russia and what you can expect upon arrival and departure from Moscow in 2024.

Read our tried-and-tested guide about Moscow Airport: What to expect on arrival and departure in Russia, with info about entry regulations, navigating the airport and the immigration process, and transport from/to the airport.

Contact us if you need help planning your trip to Russia

Have questions or need assistance with your travel documents? Our team is just a click away via online chat or email at [email protected].

Let us take the hassle out of your travel preparations so you can focus on packing your bags for a stress-free trip.

  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This site does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: http://www.gov.ru
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