Arrival to the territory of the Russian Federation for foreign students

Foreign citizens who arrive in the Russian Federation for educational purposes must state “education” as the purpose of their visit at passport control. Otherwise, they might not be allowed to proceed with their studies or move into a dormitory (foreign citizens with a temporary or permanent resident permit in Russia are an exemption to this rule).

Foreign citizens who require a visa to enter the Russian Federation must arrive in Russia over 45 days before the expiration date of their current single-entry student visa.

ATTENTION! According to the Order of the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education “On the Activities of Organizations Under the Jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation” No. 999 dated November 2, 2021, international students can settle into a dormitory and take part in the educational process only after providing two negative PCR test results for COVID-19 confirmed by a medical certificate in Russian and English.

The first PCR test should be performed within 2 days before arriving in Russia, and the second – within 3 days after arrival.

As an international student, you must:

To enter Russia

  1. No later than 10 days before entering Russia, inform the International Students Learning and Support Center at (with a copy to about your planned date and time of arrival. In this email, you should also indicate whether you will need a place in a dormitory;
  2. Await a reply with the rules for entering the country and details on settling into the dorm (if applicable);
  3. Within 2 days before arriving in Russia, take a COVID-19 PCR test;
  4. Provide a negative PCR test in Russian or English at passport control and upon arrival at the dormitory.

Citizens of the following countries can also provide the negative PCR test results (of a test taken within 2 days before arriving to Russia) using the Travelling without COVID-19 app:

  • Armenia;
  • Belarus;
  • Kazakhstan;
  • Kyrgyzstan;
  • Tajikistan;
  • Moldova;
  • Uzbekistan;
  • Turkmenistan.

After arriving to Russia

  1. Within three days after arriving in Russia, take another COVID-19 PCR test. Send the test results of both the first and second test to the university’s medical center (
  2. Within 3 business days from the day of your arrival, submit the following documents to the university’s Migration Services Office (Lomonosova St. 9, room 2139d,, +7 (812) 480-09-17):
    • Passport;
    • Migration card (not applicable for Belarusian citizens);
    • Current registration (for students staying at hotels/hostels/private residences before moving into a dorm).
  3. Obtain a health insurance policy. If you have any questions on the matter, just email us:
  4. Within 90 days after entering the country, international students have to take a mandatory medical exam, give their fingerprints and have their photos taken (not applicable for Belarusian citizens). You can do all this by visiting a branch of the Ministry of Home Affairs located on Krasnogo Tekstilshchika St. 10-12, bldg. B (second entrance, from the courtyard) and submitting your passport (ID). You can find more information about the procedure here (in Russian).

You can contact the International Students Learning and Support Center here:

Where to get tested

HELIX laboratories 

  • 98 centers all over St. Petersburg; 
  • Express tests with results ready in a day;
  • You can order the test certificate in 16 languages; 
  • Sign up for the test here (in Russian).

INVITRO independent laboratories 

  • Sign up for a test here (in Russian);
  • Find the closest center here.

Euromed Clinic Multipurpose Medical Center

  • Sign up for a test here (in English);
  • Address: Suvorovskiy Pr. 60
  • phone: +7 (812) 327-03-01
  • services available 24/7

On campus

1. During class, you should maintain social distance and abide by sanitary regulations. 

2. Students with symptoms of a respiratory infection cannot attend classes. 

3. If you develop symptoms of a respiratory infection while in Russia, you should immediately contact the city’s accident and emergency services by dialling 103 or 112 on your phone. More information about COVID-19.

Medical services

All international citizens need to have a valid health insurance policy during their stay in Russia.

Make sure that your health insurance is valid in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast.

If you don’t have insurance or it has expired, we encourage you to purchase one with any insurance company in St. Petersburg. 

Should you require medical services, you should contact your insurance company directly.

In case you develop symptoms of a viral infection, you should contact the city’s accident and emergency services by dialling 103 or 112 on your phone.

Should you need any help or consultation, don’t hesitate to contact ITMO’s International Students Learning and Support Center: 

address: Lomonosova St. 9, room 2139 b

phone: +7 (812) 607-04-60+7 (812) 572-21-36


In case of an emergency, you can call: +7 (921) 350-30-53

Vaccination in St Petersburg