(Updated as of 3:00 p.m. July 6, 2022)
We are providing the information below to assist U.S. Citizens planning to depart Russia given the uncertainty surrounding circumstances there following recent Russian military actions in Ukraine. It will be updated twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday unless events warrant additional notifications.
U.S. citizens should depart Russia immediately via one of the limited commercial options still available. U.S. Citizens wishing to depart Russia have several options listed below. The situation on Russian borders is constantly evolving, and this page will be updated regularly to reflect these changes.
UPDATE: When considering departure options, please note that The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently downgraded the air safety rating for Russia, restricting any expansion of service or partnerships as a result of Russia’s Federal Agency for Air Transport not complying with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards. For more information on this matter, click here.
Per U.S. Embassy Moscow’s February 28, 2022, Message to U.S. Citizens, those seeking to depart Russia should consider taking the following steps to facilitate their travel.
o Gulf Air
Fly Dubai reports that it has increased flights from St. Petersburg, and Mineralnye Vody in addition to Moscow, in response to demand, and to compensate for flight cancelations from Rostov and Krasnodar. Flights from Mineralnye Vody to Dubai operate Wednesdays and Saturdays and offer direct flight options for U.S. citizens in Southern Russia. Fly Dubai also offers flights four days a week from Yekaterinburg to Dubai, as well as twice-weekly flights from Novosibirsk on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Etihad and Emirates airlines likewise have both confirmed that they have not reduced flight routes with Russia at this time.
Major Russian carriers such as Aeroflot and S7 have ceased most international flights. On March 16, Aeroflot announced that it will resume flights to Azerbaijan starting March 21. Sochi (AER), Rostov (ROV) and Ufa (UFA) flights remain temporarily cancelled until mid-April. There are also flights available on multiple carriers to Armenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and other countries in the region, including flights departing from Yekaterinburg.
Travelers may also depart via some of Russia’s land borders. More information is below.
Use of Credit/Debit Cards & Access to Foreign Currency: As a result of sanctions imposed on Russian banks in response to the Russian military actions in Ukraine, major credit card firms Mastercard, Visa and American Express announced a suspension of services in Russia. Reports indicate that as of March 10, Mastercard and Visa cards are no longer usable at a wide range of local businesses. Travelers may consider using local credit cards, cash, or other forms of payment, or request that family/friends outside of Russia purchase their ticket. U.S. citizens should take this into account when making their plans.
The Bank of Russia has announced that its ban on non-residents from “unfriendly countries” transferring money abroad using any cross-border transfer method, including wire and electronic transfers, has been extended through September 31, 2022.
On March 9, the Central Bank of Russia announced that owners of foreign currency accounts, including those in U.S. dollars, would be allowed to withdraw no more than a cumulative $10,000 in foreign currency during a six-month period from March 9 until September 9, 2022. Depositors are permitted to continue using USD or other foreign currency accounts, top them up with foreign currency and withdraw any amounts in rubles in excess of $10,000. During the calendar year, individuals may transfer no more than 10,000 US dollars or an equivalent amount in another currency from their accounts with Russian banks to their foreign accounts or to another individual abroad.
We encourage U.S. citizens to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency. U.S. Citizens in Russia can email email@example.com for assistance.
Click here for additional updates from the U.S. Embassy in Russia.
Departing Russia by air:
U.S. citizens wishing to depart Russia by land should be prepared to comply with country-specific entry requirements. Direct flights are currently operating from Moscow and other major Russian cities to Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Thailand, India, and other destinations. European and North American airspace remains closed. Please consult airlines and travel websites for schedules and availability.
Departing Russia by land:
U.S. citizens wishing to depart Russia by land should be prepared to comply with country-specific entry requirements, which may differ from the entry requirements for travelers arriving by plane. See the webpage of the U.S. Embassy in the country you wish to enter for COVID requirements. For a list of embassies, click here.
Departing Russia by sea:
Some ferries from Russia to other countries may be operating.
Visa Requirements for Families with American and Russian Citizen Family Members
The following information may be of use to those families with both American and Russian citizen family members that are considering departure options:
No Visa Required for Russian Citizens
Azerbaijan: Russians do not need a visa to enter Azerbaijan and can stay for up to 90 days.
Bahrain: Russians can get visas on arrival.
Georgia: Russian citizens do not need a visa to enter Georgia.
Kazakhstan: Russian citizens can enter Kazakhstan without a visa by air for up to 90 days, but not more than 90 days within a 180-day period. Additionally, to enter overland Russian citizens need permission from the Inter Departmental Commission (IDC).
Mongolia: Mongolia does not require a visa for temporary (30 day) stays of Russian nationals, just a passport with at least six months validity.
Qatar: Russian citizens can enter Qatar visa free for an initial 30 day stay and the possibility to extend 30 additional days.
Serbia: Russians do not need visas to enter Serbia and can stay for up to 30 days.
UAE: UAE does visas on arrival for Russian tourists, with authorization for a 30 day stay, extendable to 90 with application.
Visa Required for Russian Citizens
Estonia: The Estonian MFA announced on March 10 that they will no longer issue visas to Russian citizens (or citizens of Belarus) unless they have an Estonian family member or a compelling humanitarian need.
Finland: Russian citizens require a visa to enter Finland. In extreme circumstances the Finnish Border Patrol will consider parole entry if the person is transiting Finland or has other extraordinary circumstances.
Latvia: Visas are required for Russians to enter Latvia. They are currently not being issued except for humanitarian reasons.
Lithuania: Russian citizens need a visa to enter Lithuania. The Lithuanian Migration Department reports that Lithuania has stopped issuing most visas to Russian nationals in light of Russia’s war against Ukraine. Exceptions include humanitarian visas. Lithuania still issues residence permits to Russian citizens but is subjecting all such applications to heightened scrutiny.
The following link provides information on countries to which Russian citizens can travel without requiring a visa. Please note that this website is not affiliated with the United States Department of State, which cannot vouch for the accuracy of its data, and is provided purely for informational purposes.
SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON ENTERING NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES FROM RUSSIA:
To reach the U.S. Embassy in Baku, call +994 12 488-3300, or email the American Citizens Services unit at BakuACS@state.gov
Click here to see all Messages and Alerts for U.S. Visitors to Azerbaijan.
Starting June 15, 2022, Azerbaijan’s national air carrier, AZAL (Azerbaijan Airlines) announced it will gradually resume flights from Baku to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Astrakhan, Mineralnye Vody and Kazan. Azerbaijan Airlines will start operating daily flights to Moscow's Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports from June 15. Flights of the carrier from Baku to St. Petersburg will operate twice a week - on Thursdays and Sundays. The low-cost airline Buta Airways will also will start operating flights beginning June 15th to Astrakhan (Thursdays and Sundays), Mineralnye Vody (Tuesdays and Sundays) and Kazan (Wednesdays and Saturdays). Information on the rules of entry to Azerbaijan can be found at https://www.azal.az/en/information/covid-azerbaijan and https://www.butaairways.az/en/covid/azerbaijan.
Do not travel to Belarus due to the arbitrary enforcement of laws, the risk of detention, the Russian military attack on neighboring Ukraine, the buildup of Russian military in Belarus along the border with Ukraine, COVID-19, and related entry restrictions. U.S. citizens in Belarus should depart immediately via commercial or private means. Read the travel advisory for Belarus here .
To reach the U.S. Embassy in Estonia, call 372-668-8128, or email ACSTallinn@state.gov.
Click here to read all Messages and Alerts for U.S. Visitors to Estonia.
To reach the U.S. Embassy in Finland, call +358-9-616-250, or email HelsinkiACS@state.gov
Click here to read all Messages and Alerts for U.S. Visitors to Finland.
o Niirala border crossing point is open for passenger traffic from 9:00−20:00 Finnish time.
o Nuijamaa and Vaalimaa border crossing points are open for passenger traffic from 7:00−21:30 Finnish time.
o Imatra border crossing point is closed for passenger traffic.
o Raja-Jooseppi and Salla border crossing points are open for passenger traffic Monday−Friday 8:00−18:00 and Saturday−Sunday 9:00−17:00 Finnish time.
o Vartius border crossing point is open for passenger traffic from 8:00−19:00 Finnish time.
To reach the U.S. Embassy in Georgia, call +(995 32) 227-70-00, or email the American Citizens Services unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to see all Messages and Alerts for U.S. Visitors to Georgia.
The Georgian land border with Russia is CLOSED due to flooding as of June 27. Georgian authorities have not provided an estimate for when the border will reopen. When open, this border is typically open to U.S. citizens 24/7 and the limited hours posted on the website do not apply to private travelers.
To reach the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, call +7 (7172) 70-21-00, or email the American Citizens Services unit at Contact Consul.
Click here to see all Messages and Alerts for U.S. Visitors to Kazakhstan.
To reach the U.S. Embassy in Latvia, call +371 6710 7000, or email email@example.com.
Click here to read all Messages and Alerts for U.S. Visitors to Latvia.
To reach the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania, call +370 5 266 5600, or email VilniusACs@state.gov
Click here to read all Messages and Alerts for U.S. Visitors to Lithuania.
There are currently no restrictions on individuals (who are in possession of required visas/entry docs, etc.) entering Lithuania from Kaliningrad.
To reach the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, call +976-7007-6001, or email the American Citizens Services unit at UlaanbaatarACS@state.gov.
Click here to see all Messages and Alerts for U.S. Visitors to Mongolia.