COVID-19 QR code for foreigners in Russia

BREAKING: The Government of St. Petersburg has increased the maximum occupancy of the stands at sporting events. The city agreed on a 50% occupancy rate of stadiums and arenas. This means that even more people will be able to watch the matches of the KHL Championship and the Major League Hockey Championship live! This also applies to Zenit matches at Gazprom Arena, Zenit volleyball and basketball club matches at Sibur Arena, the Russian Figure Skating Championship, the ASA 113 martial arts tournament, the Final Four of the Russian Volleyball Cup among men's teams. All these events will be held in December with a 50% occupancy of the sites.

BREAKING: The Ginza Group of restaurants in St. Petersburg just confirmed: no QR code checking for foreigners at least till December 27th. All are welcome!

BREAKING: The QR code system for restaurants and bars in St. Petersburg will be implemented from 27th December and not from the 1st as planned earlier. Guests with a PCR test will need to update it every 72 hours. Also, from December 27, hotel guests who have not been vaccinated and have not had coronavirus will be able to eat in hotel restaurants. 

Many foreign tourists and business visitors to Russia are asking questions about COVID-19 prevention rules and requirements in Russia and we're always are trying to provide timeous updates in order to avoid confusion and disinformation. Our manager Irina is always monitoring the relevant TripAdvisor posts and trying to reply as soon as possible.

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PCR testing in St. Petersburg - getting a fresh QR code at the airport Pulkovo

PCR test at Pulkovo airport

We'd like to inform you that our Saint Petersburg International Airport Pulkovo has its own PCR testing facility. It's situated right at the arrivals hall of the airport, on your left, next to the Irish Pub. They'll be able to send the certificate with a QR code via email within 24 hours. They can also provide faster service which will cost triple than the normal price. The "COVID-19" poster will be in front of you once entering the arrivals hall. The testing facility is located on your left.

QR code information about PCR test at Pulkovo airport

Getting a PCR / COVID-19 test in St. Petersburg

We suggest an INVITRO clinic if someone wants to do a PCR test in the city. This is a large network of testing facilities and they will provide you with an international certificate with a QR code at the cost of 1910 RUB the next day after the test was taken. One has to make a fixed appointment via the phone: 8 800 200-36-30. Ask anyone Russian-speaking to help you to do that.

PCR test certificate with QR code in St. Petersburg Russia

Use the PCR test certificate to enter tourist attractions in Russia 

For those who have a fresh PCR test: in order to enter the theatre must be not older than one day. Some places will accept QR codes that are not older than 24 hours and some not older 72 hours. That's applicable to the visitors who don't have any vaccination certificate or can't have any, because of medical conditions or restrictions against vaccination.

Use of Western QR codes and certificates of COVID-19 vaccination in Russia

Some theatres and tourist attractions will accept visitors with their Western or Eastern type vaccination certificate with a QR code. Their staff is instructed accordingly. The ladies at the entrance have their scanners and are able to read English. In order to ensure a trouble-free environment and make sure that things are going smooth there is a supervisor somewhere nearby in most cases.

Western COVID-19 vaccination certificates can be used in Russia

Foreign vaccination certificates with QR codes on smartphones eg. BioNTech, Pfizer, Moderna, Sinopharm, etc. are good enough in Russia and can be used for visits in many cases. The fact that the foreign vaccines are not certified for use in Russian Federation is creating unnecessary confusion about foreign QR codes and vaccination certificates here in Russia. It's advisable to contact the place via the phone before the visit.

Vaccination for foreigners in Russia

Vaccination against COVID-19 is available to foreign citizens and they can only be vaccinated with the Sputnik Lite vaccine. One of the clinics called "Scandinavia" will provide a mandatory consultation with a doctor who will determine whether you can be vaccinated for health reasons. The cost of such a reception is 2900 RUB. The cost of vaccination for foreign citizens is 600 RUB. Also, for those who want to get vaccinated urgently, the service "emergency vaccination against Covid-19" is available and the cost of such a service is higher.

We ask you to take care of your health and the safety of other passengers and our drivers and guides. Please refrain from traveling if you notice the following symptoms: dry cough, difficulty breathing, fever. Send us a message and we will be happy to reschedule all bookings for you.

Book a taxi in St. Petersburg or Airport Pulkovo transfer with us!

Our taxi and transfer service is the best option for getting to or from Saint Petersburg International Pulkovo Airport, all train and bus stations in the city, cruise ports, or any other destination of Russia's Northern Capital and around the Leningrad region. Our driver will meet you at the arrivals hall holding your name sign and will help you to carry your luggage to the car. Our fares are fixed for all our transfers. You'll know in advance how much your trip is going to cost. The English-speaking manager is always a phone call away. Welcome to Russia!

Last updated 26 November 2021

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