Russia Is Open to US, EU Tourists & Getting a Visa Is Easier Than You Think

Russia has dropped their COVID restrictions and restored international travel with the United States and dozens of other countries. You can start the visa process today.

Mask requirements are either non-existent or not enforced. 

Originally appeared at: Russia Insider

As the United States and many other Western nations continue to spiral towards social, political and spiritual bankruptcy, many readers have reached out to ask about whether it's possible to flee to Russia. 

The short answer: Yes. 

The longer answer: Yes, and it's not as difficult (or expensive) as you may think.

Who can get a Russian visa?

Russia hasn't completely reopened, so the first step to coming is making sure travel and visa services have been restored with your home country. 

Aside from Americans, citizens of the following nations are currently allowed to enter Russia:

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Turkey, the Swiss Confederation, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Maldives, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Cuba, the Republic of Serbia, Japan, the Republic of Seychelles Islands, Ethiopia, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Republic of India, State of Qatar, Republic of Finland, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Armenia, Hellenic Republic, Republic of Singapore, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Federal Republic of Germany, Syrian Arab Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka , Republic of Iceland, Republic of Malta, United Mexican States, Portuguese Republic,Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Austria, Hungary, Lebanese Republic, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Republic of Mauritius, Kingdom of Morocco, Republic of Croatia, Kingdom of Belgium, Republic of Bulgaria, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ireland, Italian Republic, Republic of Cyprus, People's Republic of China, Principality of Liechtenstein, Republic of North Macedonia. 

You should double-check the Russian government's official list (#13 for air travel), which may have added (or maybe even removed) countries since this article was published. 

Where can I apply for a visa?

There are numerous agencies that can do all the heavy lifting for you. We highly recommend Encore Travel. We know of numerous Americans who have worked with this company and they all have glowing reviews. We recommend applying for a 3-year multi-entry visa. 

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