Russian citizens and those who have a residence permit are allowed to enter the country.
Russia welcomes travelers included in the list of permitted countries published in their Tourism website.
Permitted travelers arriving by air are required to register and fill out the electronic form prior to arrival in the country.
Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Russia.
Visitors from South Africa are not required to quarantine after entering Russia.
Travelers who do not provide the above documentation and those who show symptoms upon arrival will be required to take a PCR test for COVID-19 at their own expense within three days of arriving in Russia and may be subject to quarantine.
Travelers entering Russia for permanent work purposes including Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) visa holders are subject to a 14-day self-isolation upon arrival.
Travellers returning from Russia must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.
Visitors returning from Russia are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.
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