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Russia travel restrictions

There are currently travel restrictions imposed in Russia due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the moment, you can only travel to Russia if you are a citizen of UK, Switzerland, South Korea and Turkey. All you need is a tourist visa (for UK and Swiss nationals) and a negative Covid-19 test made not earlier than 48 hours before your arrival to Russia. If you are a national of another country, there are still some ways to travel but they are very limited.

Who can visit Russia right now?

— Diplomats and their family members,
— Members of intergovernmental commissions, committees or special delegations,
— Relatives of a deceased person, provided that they have documents confirming their relations,
— Foreigners seeking medical treatment (can be arranged by MOST Petersburg),
— Foreigners studying in Russia,
— Foreigners who have job offers in professions that fall under the "highly qualified specialists" category.

In the meanwhile, if you need to travel to Russia before the borders open, the only way to do that is if you are studying there or have a relative who needs to be looked after or if you have a medical reason. The latter can be confirmed by a paper from a local doctor. You would still need to get the visa though and you'd need to check if the Russian consulate in your country (or any other country) is open. We also highly recommend you to get your medical travel insurance.

The easiest way to travel to Russia before the borders open is to take one of the two flights a week by Aeroflot (Thursdays and Saturdays — announced 7 days before) from Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London, Paris or Belgrade. There are also occasional flights from New York.

Check actual information.

Conditions for excursions during the coronavirus pandemic in Russia

St. Petersburg is the first city in Russia which has been awarded the WTTC "Safe Travels" stamp — meaning the city has adopted global, standardized health and hygiene protocols. "Safe Travels" guidance from the World Health Organization and government agencies allows travelers and other Travel & Tourism stakeholders to recognize destination authorities and companies around the world that have implemented health and hygiene protocols that are aligned with WTTC's Safe Travels Protocol.

Is it safe to visit museums & heritage sites now?

Following periods of lockdown, heritage sites and museums are only permitted to re-open their doors if they make changes to their procedures to ensure the safety of both their staff and their visitors. The measures these institutions are taking are based on research carried out at different levels, from the international in bodies such as the World Health Organization, to the national by governments and their scientific advisory.

Here are some advices for your trip:

Most museums are now greatly reducing the number of people allowed in to the museum at a time. And spreading the number of visitors evenly throughout the day. To achieve this you can only enter with a timed ticket, the kind of practice we usually see with blockbuster temporary exhibitions.

Anyone entering museums and sites now will not be able to miss the new signs giving visitors guidelines for personal protective measures. Wearing of masks is all but taken for granted. And you are advised that if you feel ill you should stay at home. There are institutions that do take visitors’s temperatures before allowing them in. Anyone’s temperature that is over 37.5° C will not be allowed to enter.

Now more than ever the ‘don’t touch’ message is important. And this does not just apply to the objects on display. A number of museums have hand sanitation stations at regular points throughout the museum.

How we take care about your safety?

We work hard every day so you can visit us in optimal conditions of safety, hygiene and quality.
General measures:

⠀Be healthy and take care of yourself!

REVIEWS

31 July 2019
Rosa Makhaeva

Many thanks to the specialists of Progulki company for their speed, professional competence and well-organized tour in Saint Petersburg for the Chinese students.
I've been the customer of this company for 3 years already and still have never regretted my choice. The managing is always high level, the buses are comfortable, the guides are qualified, the hotels are good.None of our of our requests or issues was left without solving.

I’m sure we will use the services of Progulki many times and recommend them to our friends – people working there know their job well.

Thank you so much!

 

May 21 2019
Tamara P

My trip to St Petersburg was short but amazing not only due to the city itself but as well due to this Agency, Natalia and my brilliant guide Victoria.

I had only a weekend in November 2018 to explore this amazing city and very specific interests in art history and architecture. I did not have time to plan it myself properly, so I just shortly explained to Natalia what I would like to see. In very short period of time Natalia offered me a great two days itinerary that blended my wishes ideally - and for a very good price as well. Besides this, having my first experience of St Petersburg with my guide Victoria, it was an exceptional one. Victoria spoke fluent English and had impressive knowledge of St Petersburg, Russian art and culture. In addition, she was very passionate about both the city and her job. I learned a lot from her. The whole trip was organized perfectly and I enjoyed every minute of it. I am learning Russian now - I think this says a lot what kind of experience I had.

I am sure I will come back to St Petersburg and as well to this Agency that I would recommend to everybody who would like to have a special and genuine experience of St Petersburg.
When they say that they care about their customers' experience and that they have knowledge of the city, Russian art, culture and any other area of interest connected with their service, they are among the rare that are telling the truth! They really do. Besides they are true locals! They have an office in the St Petersburg and people who work in this Agency live there. It is not that their Customer Service is placed in the other part of the world while arranging for you a local experience on the other part of the world.

 

4 May 2018
@mashukv

On April 27, 2018, we ordered a boat trip for a group of 12 French tourists. The trip was a perfect ending to our stay in Saint Petersburg. Tha navigations season had just begun and we were lucky with fine weather. It was a pleasure to see the canals, admire the beautiful streets and historical buildings again. Elena, the guide, made a wonderful excursion, all the tourists were satisfied.

By the way, we were late for the trip for 30 minutes, and I’d like to thank Elena and the boat crew for waiting. We’ll be glad to purchase trips in your company again.

 

13 August 2016
Alex G

Trip to Petergoff. It was very good organized trip. It was started at time. the guide worked good. Good balance between cost and benefit.
 
 
9 June 2016
Ichy B
 
I highly recommend this walk, especially for first timers in Saint Petersburg!

Very good, the streets are clean and I promise that you won't stop taking pictures.

 

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