How to travel to Russia now ?

How to travel to Russia now ?

Trucks loading a passenger airplane in front of Domodiedovo airport in Moscow in Russia

Unless you have been living in a cave the past couple of years, you are most probably aware of the current world situation especially between Russia, Ukraine and the entire Western World. In this post I won’t talk about whether it is “moral” or not to travel to Russia right now nor won’t express my political views because *reminder : this is a travel blog*

However you are likely to have ended up here looking for informations to actually travel to Russia in 2024.

Good news for you, us, me included : Yes, it is possible to travel to Russia now and I am going to explain you all (sort of) about it !

This guide contains everything you need to know about visas for westerners, land border crossings, flying to Russia, how to book your tickets and more.

Disclaimer : I am a regular tourist & french (EU) passport holder, not a travel agent nor embassy staff. This post is for informative purposes only.

Last updated : 10/04/2024

People in front of Saint Basil church on the Red Square of Moscow in the evening in Russia and a sign wondering how to travel to Russia right now
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Getting a visa to Russia

If you don’t need a visa to visit Russia good for you ! It also mean that your country is probably not on the “unfriendly countries list“, a list published by the Russian government of countries *I quote* “hostile towards the Russian Federation”. It contains 49 countries to this day including all western countries. However it does not stop the Russian embassies and consulats in those countries to issue tourist (and other) visas.

Most of these countries’ governments only (strongly) advice against travelling to Russia but do not prohibit it : meaning it is really up to you if you decide to go or not to go.

It is definetly a case by case situation, you should call the russian embassy/consulat in your home/residence country to ask them directly if they issue tourist visas at the moment.

Speaking for France, most of Europe, Switzerland, the UK, USA and Canada they definitely do and actually never stopped.

• Travelling to Russia for less than 2 weeks ? Get an e-visa ! Easy to obtain & cheap !
• The best travel insurance valid for your russian visa application

A map of Russia laid on a table with a vintage camera and a foreign passport on it
RUssia travel insurance

It’s mandatory to have an insurance to travel in Russia and apply for a russian visa (including the e-visa)

I recommend Attollo Assistance (24/7 assistance, medical expenses up to 35 000 €, repatriation)

How to enter Russia

Land borders

Lands borders are mostly open (Azerbaijan will in April 2024 and those with Finland are closed until further notice) for third country nationals except for the Ukrainian border of course.

I’ve crossed the Estonia-Russia border in september 2022, read my detailed guide here.

• The best bus companies to travel from Europe to Russia.

Flying from western countries

There’s no flight between the European Union and Russia now.

Your best shot to reach Moscow or elsewhere in the Federation is flying through Turkey, the South Caucasus, the Middle East (quite a detour though) or … Serbia ! Yes Serbia, right in the middle of Europe !

AirSerbia has daily flights to many Russian cities. You can book directly on their website a flight from Paris to Moscow via Belgrade for example. Serbia’s capital is the best transit place between Russia and Europe, without any massive detour.

Armenia is also a good option in my opinion if you wish to travel to the North Caucasus (or reach Moscow). There are direct flights from Paris to Yerevan, and from there you can easily fly to Krasnodar or Sochi. Check out ArmeniaFly, ArmeniaAirways and FlyOneArmenia.

Georgia can also be a great transit place as EU passport holders have visa free to enter the country. A few foreign airlines flying from Tbilissi to Moscow for example are : Pegasus, Turkish Airlines Qatar Airways, FlyDubai …

• Top 5 airlines to fly from Europe to Russia (Visa/Mastercard)

A booking of a flight ticket from Yerevan in Armenia to Moscow in Russia with Aeroflot airlines

Yerevan – Moscow

A flight booking between Paris in France and Sochi in Russia with AirSerbia

Paris – Sochi via Belgrade

I take Paris as an example because it is easy to reach from any Western country.

Flying from elsewhere

Everywhere else in the world, airlines are operating as usual. For example Emirates still flies to Russia. You can book a flight from Dubai to Moscow directly on their website. You can also find flights from India and most of Asia.

A flight ticket booking from Dubai to Moscow with Emirates

Buying airplanes tickets

The well known booking platforms stopped displaying informations on flights to Russia such as Skyscanner, Kayak, Momondo, Expedia etc. It means you can’t book a flight to anywhere in the Russian Federation through them considering you can’t find them in the first place. However, flights still exist of course.

You can buy an international flight to Russia directly on the airline’s website such as Turkish airlines, AirSerbia etc as said previously.

To know which airlines fly there I recommend to check on and (google translate the page), find the non-russian airlines flying from your departure city into Russia and book directly on these airlines’ websites.

You cannot book a russian airlines flight ticket directly on the airline’s website as they only accept bank card issued in the country now, but you can book them on, a russian booking platform (it’s legit, I know people who booked international and national flights to/within Russia with their foreign Visa/Mastercard), the payment goes through a partner based in Dubai, UAE.

The interface of the russian booking platform for flight, bus and train tickets online
The translated page of

Some airlines such as Pegasus might not display flights to Russia because of your IP address location, for some reason. Use a VPN.

Let me know about your experience buying a plane ticket to Russia in the comments !

Extra things to know

  • Bring enough cash for the duration of your trip. In my experience 50€ banknotes are very easy to exchange anywhere. I think it is best to bring euros or US dollars, which are “popular” and valuable currencies. Don’t change it all at once, the ruble rate is highly unstable these days – Read my guide to learn how to exchange money in Russia.
  • Russian people do not hate us because we are westerners. If you decide to travel to Russia you obviously understand that goverment doesn’t equal people. So do they.
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