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COVID-19 vaccination in Russia – explore the country as a tourist and get vaccinated

Did you know, you can combine your sightseeing in Russia with a vaccination against COVID-19. Now it’s possible to get a Sputnik-V vaccine even for foreigners who arrive to Russia as tourists. Go Russia has made arrangements with clinics in Moscow and St. Petersburg and we can assist you with your medical consultation while on a tour.

Update 01/03/2020: currently the Russian authorities are not allowing vaccination for tourists. 

You can do vaccination while on any of our tours in Russia, however your period of stay must be at least 3 weeks, as two doses are required and the second must be taken 21 days after the first one.

You will be issued an official certificate in English. This might be very useful for international travel as many countries started accepting vaccination certificates to simplify entry from overseas. You will not need any PCR or similar tests, no more hassle with arranging tests and spending more money.

We have compiled the most important information for you regarding the vaccination process, the vaccine itself and any questions you might have about the procedure.

Vaccine GamCovidVac (Sputnik V)

Russian COVID-19 vaccine “Sputnik V” has passed all required testing phases. 92% efficacy of Sputnik V vaccine has already been confirmed by data analysis in the final stage of clinical trials. The effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing severe cases of coronavirus infection is 100%. On 2 February 2021 the medical journal The Lancet published the results of a phase three trial in Moscow that confirmed that the Sputnik V vaccine is safe and 91.6% effective in preventing COVID-19.

The Russian vaccine is currently being supplied to various countries all over the world and there are talks about its certification in the European Union.

Please see some publications:

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00191-4/fulltext

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55900622\

The procedure of COVID-19 vaccination

Age restrictions – from 18 years old.

The vaccination has 2 stages:

  • 1st injection: component 1
  • 2nd injection: component 2 in 3 weeks (21 days)

It’s obligatory to have a doctor’s consultation before each stage of vaccination. After vaccination, patients need to be under specialist supervision in the clinic for 30 minutes.

No special preparation for the COVID-19 vaccination is required but there are some contraindications. 

Go Russia will arrange a guide (interpreter) and a transport if required. We will also set up an appointment with a clinic for your medical consultation.

Costs

  • The cost of vaccination is about £80 for each dose.
  • Apart from the vaccine, you need to calculate the cost of your additional accommodation either in Moscow or St. Petersburg. Depending on your budget, we can recommend hotels in both cities.
  • You must also book a sightseeing programme or a package tour to be compliant with visa regulations. You can extend any of our tours or just arrive earlier.

Contraindications to vaccination

  • Age under 18
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Acute infectious and non-infectious diseases, exacerbation of chronic diseases
  • Vaccination with any other vaccine (including influenza) less than a month before the date of vaccination against COVID-19.

FAQ about Sputnik-V vaccination in Russia

It’s allowed to get the second vaccine in 22-23 days but not earlier.
Immunity begins to develop after the first injection but maximum protection will appear approximately in 2 weeks after the second injection.
Minimum in 1 month. But the injection of the vaccine before or during pregnancy is not a reason for its interruption.
The vaccine manufacturer proclaims a period of 1.5 to 2 years.
42 days or more after the first vaccination step you can take a specific antibody test. This analysis shows the presence of immunity developed by the vaccine not the disease.
One month later (after the second stage).
Vaccination against Covid does not replace the need to wear a mask and / or other personal protection equipment and maintain social distance.
No. According to the Russian Ministry of Health both doses of the vaccine must be injected in one clinic.
We can arrange your stay in Russia during a month. We can provide such services as visas, transfers, accommodation, sightseeing tours, English speaking guides not only for excursions but for visiting a clinic, booking doctor’s appointments. While you’re waiting for the second vaccination you can explore Russia. Please review our City Breaks or Trans-Siberian tours.
No, you just need a standard tourist visa. Please note that vaccination can’t be a reason for your entrance to Russia. Your primary purpose must be sightseeing. And when you enter Russia as a tourist, you can «combine business with pleasure» as private clinics provide vaccinations for foreigners as well.

Booking

If you are interested in booking our “Sputnik-V vaccine package”, please contact us indicating your travel period, budget, preferred accommodation type and we will come back to you with an offer.

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