Russia reopens to international students from epidemiologically safe countries

According to the Order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 16 March 2021 No. 639, international students, postgraduates and preparatory course participants are permitted to return to Russia to continue their studies. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation developed the relevant entry procedure for such students.

It should be borne in mind that Russia lifts entry restrictions only for epidemiologically safe countries. At the moment, international students from Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Greece, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, South Ossetia, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam are able to enter.

The list of countries, open for international students to enter Russia, is being regularly updated by Rospotrebnadzor. Universities are expected to inform students through their university websites, as well as official social media accounts.

Before arriving in Russia, international students are required to notify their university via e-mail at least ten days in advance of their date of entry to Russia. After that, information about the entry will be provided by e-mail.

Students must present a medical document written in Russian or English that confirms that they have received a negative COVID-19 test no more than three days prior to arriving in Russia. After the arrival, students are required to isolate and take another COVID test within 72 hours. During the period of isolation, training takes place online. International students are not allowed to take face-to-face classes without a second COVID test.

In case of COVID-19 symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, congestion or runny nose, etc.) during the period of isolation in Russia, students are required to inform the University immediately. Emergency medical care should be sought immediately as well.

For additional information in the Russian language, please follow the link.

In case of any questions, contact the Situation Center of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation by phone +7 (495) 198-00-00 or by e-mail