Who can enter the territory of the Russian Federation

Who can enter?

At the moment, entry to Russia is possible for all foreign citizens arriving for the purpose of “study”.

Entry requirements

Please notify the university no less than 10 days before entry about the planned date of your arrival in Russia for study. In the event of force majeure circumstances, the notification period may be shorter and such cases are considered on an individual basis.

Information to contact the staff members.

Please wait until you receive an e-mail with information on the coordination of the terms and date of your arrival. Please fill out the registration form following the provided instructions.

Starting from July 10, 2021, citizens of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan can enter the Russian Federation only by presenting your COVID-19 PCR test result uploaded in the “I travel without COVID-19” mobile app. You need to download the app and select the nearest laboratory from the provided list. After you take the PCR test and get the result, you need to upload it to the app in the Tests section by scanning the QR code (the code is issued by the laboratory). When crossing the border, you will need to show this code to the Border Service.
Starting from September 1, 2021, these rules will also apply to citizens of Azerbaijan, Moldova, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Before and after the entry

а) No earlier than 3 calendar days before your arrival in Russia, you will need to take a PCR test for COVID-19 (obtain a document in Russian or English).

b) You will need to arrive and check in at the place of residence (university dormitory or apartment/hotel/other). Please observe the self-isolation regime at the place of your residence. For citizens staying at university dormitories, the observation facility of the SUSU Campus (1st floor, 79a Soni Krivoy Street) shall be used as the place of isolation.

c) Within 72 hours after entry you will need to take a second PCR test.

For those who self-isolated in an apartment, hostel, etc., it is possible to take the test at specialised medical centres. The procedure for taking the test, the cost and type of payment is regulated by medical centres.

Admission to classes

After your self-isolation ends and you have taken the PCR test:

a) Please get a medical insurance certificate at the Immigration Services in Room 150 of the SUSU Main University Building. Estimated cost of the medical insurance certificate varies from 2,000 to 5,500 roubles (depending on the type of medical care). Please also obtain an appointment card to the SUSU Medical Centre.

b) Please have a medical check-up, having provided the SUSU Medical Centre with two negative COVID-19 PCR test results (one obtained before entering the Russian Federation and one in Chelyabinsk). Please get the certificate granting admission to classes.

c) Please get the certificate granting admission to classes at the International Office (Room 150, SUSU Main University Building).

Visa processing


For us to issue an invitation for entry for foreign citizens from visa countries, you must: 


1. Check the validity of your passport. The document must still be valid no less than 1.5 years from the date of your intended entry to the Russian Federation.


2. Submit an application via e-mail at invitationletter[at]susu[dot]ru (Application form), as well as send a copy of your passport. Receive the confirmation of acceptance of your application.


3. Wait until you receive an invitation (no less than 20 business days from the date of the confirmation of your application acceptance) and instructions for entry.



If a student does not notify the university of his/her planned arrival within the prescribed period (no later than 10 days before his/her arrival), the university will not be able to submit the list for entry to the territory of the Russian Federation on time, and the student will not be allowed to enter the territory of the Russian Federation at the border!

During the period of isolation, the training is organized in an online format. For questions regarding the educational process, please contact your school/institute.

When experiencing the first symptoms of an acute respiratory illness (fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough), you must immediately inform the SUSU Medical Centre or call a doctor (call the 24-hour line specified in your certificate of insurance, at night ‑ call an ambulance by the phone numbers: 112 or 030).


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