Arrival in Russia by Foreign Citizens and Measures to Prevent COVID-19 at HSE University

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1. Before Arrival in Russia

1. International students from all countries are allowed to enter Russia regardless of the epidemiological situation in their home countries. 

If you require a study visa to study in Russia, you should request a visa invitation from your programme manager. The invitations are issued by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs. Processing time is 40-45 days. Please read more here:

If you are a 1st year international student admitted under the Russian governmental scholarship (quota for education), please contact to check the status of your visa telex number. 

2. When planning your trip, it is recommended to purchase tickets for direct flights to Russia from the country of your citizenship or permanent residence.

3. To cross the border, information about your arrival must be listed by the HSE University on the Public Services Portal of the Russian Federation. 

To be included in the entry lists, please send an email to your programme manager at least 14 days prior to your entry into the Russian Federation. We kindly ask that you inform the HSE University of the following:

Subject: Entry of an International Student into the Russian Federation

Content of the email: "I am sending a copy of my identity document to be included in the lists of foreign nationals entering the Russian Federation, formed by the Higher School of Economics, and sent to the authorized executive bodies of the Russian Federation for migration control."

Please specify: 

- estimated date of entry into the Russian Federation (according to the ticket);
- border crossing point of the Russian Federation (name of the airport of arrival or land border crossing point).

Attach to the email: 

- a scanned copy of a valid passport (the one to be used to enter Russia).
- a scanned copy of a study visa (for visa countries only)

Ask you programme manager to use the following instructions (in Russian only) and check the entry of your information in the lists for crossing the Russian border on the Public Services Portal. If your entry is not found two days before your trip, contact the HSE Visa and Registration Centre at

4. Prior to your arrival in Russia, you have to purchase a medical insurance that covers both medical examinations and PCR tests for COVID-19. A list of medical insurance programmes and instructions on how to purchase them online are available at the link

After purchasing your medical insurance, send a scanned copy to your programme manager.

If you already have a valid medical insurance from a third-party company not included in the list of recommended insurance companies (see the link above), please check that yourmedical insurance covers the following: medical exams, HIV, Hepatitis B and COVID-19 tests. If your medical insurance does not include these options, you will have to take the tests and medical exams on a fee-paid basis.

5. Within 2 days (48 hours) before your arrival to Russia, take a PCR test for COVID-19. You will need to present the test results when crossing the Russian border.

Please note that international students from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, as well as international students entering Russia from these countries must install the mobile application "Travel without COVID-19" (Google PlayApp Store) and upload the results of their PCR tests taken within 2 days (48 hours) before entering Russia (this requirement does not apply to international students who are making a connection or a short stopover in these countries). 

6. If you plan to live in the HSE University dormitory, please request accommodation referral: 3 days prior to your arrival in Russia inform the Deputy Head of the Dormitory Office Ms. Lubov Barminova at about the date of your arrival to issue your accommodation referral.  

For alternative housing options please contact HSE Student Housing Office

Detailed information on accommodation in Moscow can be found here.

7. If you were vaccinated against COVID-19 in your country, or have an official medical exemption from vaccination, please inform the university of your status. Detailed instructions can be found here.


2. Border Crossing

1. Only persons who have filled out an 'Application form for those who are on flights to the Russian Federation for border crossing' are allowed to go through border control. The application must be printed out in advance, filled out and shown to the employees of Rospotrebnadzor at health control.

2. When entering the Russian Federation, do not forget to present your original test results (certificates) in Russian or English. You may be asked to show the results of a negative test for COVID-19 when leaving your country and at border control in Russia.

3. Please remember to specify "Education" as the purpose of your visit on your migration card when entering the Russian Federation. 

If you are crossing the Russian border from Belarus, please note the special procedure.


3. Upon Arrival in Russia

Upon arrival in the Russian Federation, international students must take a second PCR test within 72 hours after their entry into the country. Prior to this, they must remain in self-isolation at their place of residence. 

International students can reduce the self-isolation period by taking a second PCR test for COVID-19 at the airport of their arrival in Russia. The results of the express test will be ready in about two hours. Please note that the express test is not covered by medical insurance.

PCR express-test centers: Sheremetyevo (SVO)Domodedovo (DME)Vnukovo (VKO), airports.

After receiving the result of the second PCR test, please send scanned copies of both certificates with negative PCR test results to your programme manager.

If you develop any symptoms or feel unwell during the period of self-isolation, you must immediately seek medical help by calling ‘103’ or ‘112’.