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Covid Restrictions: 27/07 Update

We continue to keep you updated with the latest changes in the rules and laws in Russia related to the pandemic


In June, Moscow faced a high rise in detected cases of covid. In this regard, restrictions were introduced, some of which significantly influenced tourists. Once the situation stabilized, the strictest restrictions were lifted. Thus:

  • From July 19, when visiting restaurants, it is not required to present a QR code
  • Also, from July 19, the restriction on the opening hours of restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, karaoke, bowling and disco clubs and other entertainment establishments have been lifted.
  • Concert, sports, entertainment events can be attended by no more than 500 people at a time. If the organizers allow to attend events using a QR code that confirms protection against COVID-19, there can be as many spectators as they want.



Meanwhile, a number of bans still remain valid in St. Petersburg:

  • The activities of restaurants are temporarily suspended from 2:00 to 6:00, and food courts in shopping centers are completely closed.
  • It is forbidden to hold any mass events of more than 75 people. However, this limitation does not affect theaters and sporting events hosted by the Sports Committee. Nevertheless, some restrictions also apply to the latter.


More and more regions are introducing a mandatory requirement for a certificate of vaccination or a negative PCR test. In particular, these are regions / cities popular among foreign tourists:

  • Solovki
  • Astrakhan (From August 8 here, when visiting restaurants, cafes, and cultural institutions, you will need to present a QR code)
  • Buryatia
  • Vladimir region 
  • Irkutsk region (Baikal)
  • Kamchatka
  • Karelia
  • Krasnodar Territory (Sochi)
  • Murmansk

The general situation with the incidence of covid-19 now is very different depending on the region: somewhere the main wave is already behind (Moscow), somewhere the growth is just beginning. Vaccination rates are consistently high – more than 600 thousand doses per day over the past week. In total, 34 million people (23% of the population) are vaccinated with at least one component in the country.

Check the rest of the covid rules on our New Normal Page.

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