Russia – Discover the Unknown

Russia lifts remaining Covid restrictions and opens all border control points

Russia scraps almost all remaining covid-related restrictions from 15 July 2022 as the number of COVID cases across the country is currently decreasing.

Practically it means more travel options to enter the country. From 15 July 2022 all foreign nationals can enter the country through all border check points, including by air, sea or land.

Required documents for travel

All travellers must be in possession of a valid visa unless exempt and a passport. Russian consulates process tourist and business visas as usual.

A negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before their arrival in Russia is still required.

How to get to Russia

By air

Currently there is limited international air connection (most convenient flight options are via Turkey, Gulf States, Armenia, Azerbaijan or Serbia) with Russia. Ticket prices tend to be very high and we recommend booking flight tickets well in advance.

By road

You can now travel to Russia from Helsinki by bus. It takes 8 hours to get from Helsinki to St. Petersburg. This is the cheapest option to get to Russia now.

Bus schedule:

  • Departure from Helsinki 08:30, arrival in St. Petersburg 16:25
  • Departure from Helsinki 16:15, arrival in St. Petersburg 23:25
  • Departure from Helsinki 23:50, arrival in St. Petersburg 07:45 +1

Bus prices are from £50 one-way. Go Russia can assist you to book a bus ticket from Finland to Russia and return. Please contact us to purchase bus tickets.

By rail

You can enter Russia from Mongolia by train. Train 305 departs Ulan Bator to Irkutsk on Saturdays and Sundays at 15:22 and arrives in Irkutsk next day at 15:15 local time. Prices start from £125 per ticket. You can book train tickets from Mongolia to Russia online on our website –

Please note, currently there is no train connection between Finland and Russia.

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