New Countries In Safe List

Russia slowly but steadily opens borders: citizens and residents of 42 countries are now entitled to obtain tourist visas to travel to Russia after recent addition of 7 countries. These are:

  • Abkhazia

  • Armenia (visa only for residents, citizens are visa free)

  • Austria

  • Azerbaijan (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • Croatia

  • Cuba (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • Egypt

  • Ethiopia

  • Finland

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • India

  • Japan

  • Kazakhstan (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • Korea (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • Kyrgyzstan (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • Lebanon

  • Luxembourg

  • Maldives (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • Malta

  • Mauritius (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • Mexico

  • Morocco

  • Portugal

  • Qatar (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Serbia (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • Seychelles (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • Singapore

  • Sri Lanka

  • Switzerland

  • Syria

  • Tajikistan (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • Tanzania

  • Turkey

  • United Arab Emirates (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • United Kingdom

  • Uzbekistan (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • Venezuela (visa only for residents, citizens visa free)

  • Vietnam

The safe list is updated once in 2-3 weeks, new countries are added as the pandemic situation is improving. If your country is not yet in the list, it will be added sooner rather than later.


Starting from August 24th tourist visas will also be issued for 6 month unlike current limit of 30 days. It is not yet clear whether multiple entries will be allowed or only single/double as now.

Citizens of the following 50 countries travel visa free to Russia:

  • Andorra, Antigua and Barbados, Argentina, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brasil, Brunei, Cabo Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Jamaica, Laos, Macao, Macedonia, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nauru, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu.

Aircraft crews (both private and commercial) are allowed to enter and stay in Russia if they are from visa free countries as listed above or if they have valid Russian visa.


If you are a citizen of any of 60 visa free country, you may fly to Russia freely as crew without any limitations.

If you are a resident in one of 42 countries listed above, you may travel to Russia as tourist, applying for a tourist visa in the Russian Consulate in your country of residence or any other county from the list. Being a certified travel operator, we are happy to provide necessary paperwork support.


If the crew wishes to obtain business ("crew") visas, we are here to assist.

A so-called "Crew visa on arrival" is an option at 4 airports - Moscow UUEE, Moscow UUWW, Moscow UUDD and Saint-Petersburg ULLI. Maximum duration of stay is 10 days.

Recently introduced e-visas for citizens of 52 countries valid for 16 days remain suspended although they might be resumed if vaccination tourism will be allowed already in July 2021.

Russia continues to be open for business, cargo, ferry, delivery and tech stop flights. If the route consists of 1 - 2 - 3 tech stops, no visa is required.


If you are planning a flight across Russia and nearby countries, check our Fuel page with massive list of 300 airports serving Jet A-1 and 235 airports with Avgas 100LL, including many airports of entry on the European side and Pacific Coast.

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