Entry into the Russian Federation and anti-COVID-19 Measures at HSE University

1. Prior to travelling to Russia:

1) Eentry into the Russian Federation is allowed for international students from all countries regardless of the epidemiological situation;

2) If you require a student visa to pursue studies in Russia, please request a visa invitation.

  • If you are a first-year student, your visa invitation will be made available via your personal account in 45 days from the date of confirmation that your documents have been uploaded.  Please refer to the guidelines to check that the information stated in your invitation is correct.
  • If you are a student in senior years of studies, you should request a visa invitation from the coordinator/manager of your degree programme, by sending them an application and a copy of your passport’s bio-page.

Invitations are prepared within 40-45 days. More information about this process can be found on the website of the HSE Visa and Registration Centre.

If you are a first-year student and are studying under a quote, you can confirm your visa invitation’s status by writing at inter@hse.ru.  

3) When planning your trip to Russia, we recommend purchasing a direct flight from the country of your citizenship/permanent residence;

4) No earlier than two calendar days (48 hours) prior to your arrival in the Russian Federation, take a PCR test for COVID-19 so that you can present your results at the border.

5) Figure out where you will live beforehand

If you plan to reside at an HSE University dormitory, you must acquire an accommodation referral.

  • If you are a first-year student, you may receive an accommodation referral via your personal account. To receive it, you should specify the date of your arrival to the Russian Federation in your personal account. Three days prior to your arrival, this document will appear in your personal account.
  • If you are a student in the senior years of study, you will need to contact Lyubov Barminova, at lubovb@hse.ru and request an accommodation referral. Please send her your full name, faculty, year of study and date of arrival in Russia.

If you do not plan to stay in a dormitory, the Student Housing Centre can help you select an alternative option for your accommodation.

HSE University staff members can give you consultation regarding issues you may face while trying to find accommodation, as well as provide support to students living in rented accommodation, should any situation occur. More information may be found herе.

More detailed information on accommodation in Moscow can be found here.

2. Crossing the Border

1) Persons who have filled in the arrival application for incoming flights to Russia may pass through passport control at the border crossing. This form must be printed out and presented to Rospotrebnadzor staff prior to crossing the border.  

2) Upon entering Russian, present the original of your PCR test results (certificate) in Russian or English. A negative COVID-19 test result may also be requested when departing from your own country.

3) When your migration card is issued, check the accuracy of the information stated therein, e.g., the purpose of your visit should be “Studies”. Please refer to the guidelines for checking your migration card below.

Guidelines for checking migration card 

What to do if you have lost your migration card

If you plan to enter Russia via the Republic of Belarus, please refer to the guidelines below.

Guidelines on crossing the border into Russia from the Republic of Belarus  

3. Upon Arrival in Russia

Upon Arrival in Russia, you must acquire a medical insurance policy. A list of medical insurance programmes can found at https://www.hse.ru/medical/ins. After acquiring your policy, send a scanned copy to the manager of your degree programme.