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Important information: for foreign citizens who study in Russian universities (on foundation courses, students of 1-6 years, postgraduates)

RACUS organization is happy to announce that according to the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 16 of March 2021 № 639-р you (those who have status “Students”) are allowed to get back to Russia to continue your studies on the following conditions.
We remind you that only foreign citizens from those countries which are recognized by Rospotrebnadzor as the countries with safe epidemiological situation are allowed to enter Russia.
Currently (as of March 21, 2021) foreign students from 25 countries can enter Russia: Abkhasia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Vietnam, Greece, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Tanzania, Turkey, Finland, Switzerland, Ethiopia, South Korea, South Ossetia, Japan.
The list of the countries which residents can enter Russia will be updated by Rospotrebnadzor weekly from March 22, 2021 and it will be published by RACUS organization on our web-site («News» section) and via Facebook.

Please, be informed that according to the Ministry of Education of Russia, foreign students must inform the university by e-mail not less than 10 days before the date of arrival in Russia.
Not earlier than 3 days before the arrival to Russia, the student has to do PCR-test for COVID-19. If the test result is negative, the student has to get in his country a proving document in Russian or in English language. When entering Russia, the student must provide a negative test result for COVID-19 at the border checkpoint, and this test result must be also presented to the university.
Within 72 hours after your arrival to Russia you have to do PCR-test again. Before getting the test result you have to keep self-isolation at the place of accommodation. During the self-isolation the studies will be organized in online format. Without the result of the second PCR-test the students will be not allowed to start the classes in traditional offline format.

After receiving the information from Rospotrebnadzor that the country of your citizenship is included to the list of countries with a favorable epidemiological situation, make sure that your visa is valid for at least 30 days after the date of your arrival to Russia. If your visa is not valid, you need to make a new invitation letter for studies. In order to get it, you should contact RACUS organization by email ( and send the copy of your passport valid at least for 2 years. Within 35 days you will get a new invitation letter for studies that is demanded for making visa in the Embassy of Russia in your country. 10 days before your supposed arrival you should inform your university by email.