Coronavirus (COVID19) travel information and advice
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30th September - From 4:00 on Monday 4th October, the current traffic light system in the UK will be replaced by a single red list of countries and territories. Testing requirements will be reduced for eligible fully vaccinated travellers, who will no longer need to take a PDT when travelling to England. Russia is currently on the UK Amber list and is therefore set to move to the Non-Red list on this date.
To be considered ‘fully vaccinated’, passengers will need to have a minimum of two doses of either one or a combination of the following approved vaccines:
- Oxford/ AstraZeneca
- Pfizer BioNTech
Please note: Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is currently not on the approved list.
England will welcome fully vaccinated travellers from a host of new countries – who will be treated like returning fully vaccinated UK travellers.
Passengers who aren’t considered ‘fully vaccinated’ with an authorised vaccine (Oxford/ AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen) and certificates under England’s international travel rules, will still have to take a pre-departure test, a Day 2 and Day 8 PCR test, and self-isolate for 10 days upon their return from a non-red list country. Test to Release will remain for unvaccinated passengers who want to shorten their isolation period.
All passengers will still need to fill in a passenger locator form ahead of travel.
From the end of October, a plan is in place for fully vaccinated passengers and those with an approved vaccine from non-red countries to replace their Day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing the cost of tests on arrival into England.
Travellers should continue to check FCDO travel advice before booking travel.
4th September - the Russian authorities no longer require travellers arriving from the UK to observe a 14 day quarantine period.
28th July - As of 4am on 2nd August, fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and the US will not have to quarantine when arriving in England, Scotland and Wales from an Amber list country. Travellers must have received two jabs with vaccines authorised by either the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to qualify, with the travel regulations being reviewed on a country by country basis. The UK traffic list is also set to be reviewed on 5th August.
For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-travel-update-government-waives-quarantine-for-arrivals-fully-vaccinated-from-europe-and-usa-while-also-confirming-international-cruise-restart
Countries that can enter Russia
Russia has now relaxed its coronavirus entry requirements to give citizens from a list of countries, including the United Kingdom, more options to cross its borders.
Citizens from countries with which Russia has resumed regular air traffic can enter Russia via a flight from either their own country of citizenship or any of the other countries. Although direct flights between Russia and the UK are suspended until at least 1st June 2021, this will mean British citizens can enter Russia via a connecting flight from one of the designated third countries.
The full list of these countries is determined by the Russian Government and includes:
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Slovak Republic
- Sri Lanka
- Tanzania (limited transit options, temporary travel ban from 15th April to 17th August 2021 inclusive)
- United Arab Emirates
- United States
The Russian Visa Application Centre in London is still accepting all types of Russian visa however applicants need to be aware that flights may be postponed depending on the current coronavirus situation and lockdown regulations in the UK.
Please note: Visa extensions and compensation for visa fees cannot be granted at this time in accordance with current legislation.
Quarantine rules for UK arrivals
All British and Irish citizens and UK residents who have not been fully vaccinated with approved vaccines and arrive in England after being in a high-risk Covid country must now stay in quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days. Non-UK travellers who have been in these countries 10 days prior to travelling are banned from entry. The "red list" of 33 countries can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transport-measures-to-protect-the-uk-from-variant-strains-of-covid-19
All incoming passengers must complete a passenger locator form in advance, including their departure country and UK address. Passengers have to pre-book and pay £1,750 to spend 10 days in government-sanctioned hotels. The additional rate for one extra adult or a child aged over 12 is £650, and for a child aged five to 12 it is £325.The cost covers the hotel stay, transport and testing. Accommodation must be booked in advance through an online booking system.
Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Birmingham and Farnborough Airport are currently designated as airports where people requiring hotel quarantine can enter the UK.
Passengers must take two coronavirus tests, one on day two and the other on the eigth day of quarantine, testing positive will require passengers to self-isolate for a further 10 days.
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Test and release scheme
Russia is not designated as a high-risk Covid country list. Under the "test to release" scheme, travellers from countries not on the red list requires two tests during the quarantine process. Travellers will be required to get a test on days two and eight of their 10-day quarantine period, testing positive will require passengers to self-isolate for a further 10 days. You can take a test no earlier than the 2nd day after arrival in England. Travellers also have to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before travelling to be allowed entry. All incoming passengers must complete a passenger locator form in advance, including their departure country and UK address.
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LAST REVIEWED: 30th September 2021
LAST UPDATED: 30th September 2021