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Dear Traveller,
The borders are open now. Are you ready to go to Russia?
For many of us, 2020 has been the summer of the staycation, but itís now time to think about broadening our horizons. Weíre delighted to report that from the end of July, the Russian authorities started to lift restrictions on international flights and on 01 August, Britain was one of the first countries to be welcomed back, along with Turkey and Tanzania. From mid-August Switzerland is also on the Russian green list. So, there is no reason to wait now.
Book your 2020 tour to Russia now and get 20% off! Offer expires on 15 September 2020. Just enter the code RUSSIAISOPEN in the booking form or see more details below.
What does that mean in practice?
Firstly, the new regulations apply to arrivals by air, rather than by sea or overland. Certain regularly scheduled flights are now permitted to land. Secondly, requirements vary between airlines, but broadly speaking, it means that so long as you can prove you donít have COVID-19, you wonít need to quarantine for two weeks once you reach Russia. Thirdly, we have to remind you that the borders between Russia and Mongolia or China remain closed. That Trans-Mongolian rail trip you were hoping to do will have to be put on the backburner for a little while longer. Donít worry, you can still ride the classic Trans-Siberian all the way to Vladivostok if you need a train fix.
Testing, testing
As per the rules of the Russian authorities, all travellers departing from the UK are required to have a negative COVID-19 test taken not earlier than three days before arrival in Russia. They must present the printout of the test certificate issued from the accredited test centre before boarding the plane.
The COVID-19 testing must be done through the Embassy of Russian Federation in the UK accredited COVID Ė 19 labs / centres. The good thing is that while applying for a visa you can book a test at the same time. There is a cost to pay for a test, however with our special offer (20% off the tour price, see below for more details) you will easily cover that.
What happens when you arrive?
Once you disembark the plane, youíll need to consent to a simple temperature check. If your temperature is normal and your COVID-19 test paperwork and visa are in order, then youíre good to go. If you stay healthy, thatís about it.
However, if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 while in Russia and/or if you test positive for COVID-19 then you will be required to self-isolate until you have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Of course, thatís not unique to Russia. Itís what youíll find happening in other countries as governments seek to contain and eliminate the virus.
What about my visa?
Visa processing centres are now back in action, so if this is a brand new trip, then the procedures are much the same as before. If you were due to travel to Russia earlier this summer and already had a visa issued for travel commencing after 15th March, then although you will need to reapply, most of the charges involved will be waived. Weíll be happy to fill you in on the small print.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office havenít yet altered the advice for travel to Russia, but with numbers of active cases steadily in decline since mid-May, itís only a matter of time before that changes. Until then, thereís technically nothing to stop you visiting the country, but be aware that most standard insurance policies wonít provide cover if you do.
So what can you expect when you get there?
One of the biggest benefits to being among the first tourists to Russia post-lockdown is that visitor numbers are still low. Picking up last-minute tickets to world-class museums is going to be relatively easy, and what a great experience it will be to see those places without others milling around. So why not take advantage of the lull in tourism and enjoy Russia without the crowds? If you travel with us, you can be sure our tours are limited to small groups Ė thatís just how we like it.
Like many other countries across Europe, the wearing of face masks is now a common sight in Russia. Face masks are now mandatory inside most Russian museums, on public transport and in shops, for instance. Social distancing, too, is the norm now. But donít forget, thatís what we are now used to here in the UK, so if youíre going to need to wear a mask, you may as well make it somewhere exciting.
The long wait is over
Russiaís ready for you Ė and as soon as youíre ready for Russia weíre here to help you see this extraordinary country for yourself.

Celebrate New Year in Russia, join our tour departing 26 Dec 2020
One tour we are especially excited about is our New Year tour, departing December 26th 2020. This twin-centre offering combines Moscow and St Petersburg. You can opt for a fully guided sightseeing programme taking in well-known visitor attractions such as the Hermitage and St Basilís Cathedral. Alternatively, tour these fascinating cities independently for maximum flexibility Ė but rest assured weíll still organise the flights, hotel, internal transfers and visa, leaving the fun stuff to you.

Special Offers Ė save 20% if you book before 15 September 2020
We would lke to encourage you to travel in 2020. And best of all, if you book before September 15th 2020, our current promotion enables you to take advantage of a 20% discount which can be applied to any of our tours to Russia departing in 2020, this is surely a tempting offer. There is still plenty of time to arrange your Russian visa. So, just to make it clear, book before 15 September 2020 any tour to Russia that is departing in 2020, and get 20% off your land-tour price. Just enter the code RUSSIAISOPEN in the booking form.
Full terms and conditions of the offer can be found on our website but we are more than happy to discuss any specific concerns or needs you may have before you book. We look forward to travelling with you again sometime soon.

Our most popular tours
Weíre pleased to announce our most popular tours. City-breaks, Trans-Siberian trips, Russian river cruises, adventure holidays as well as visa-free tours to Russia. Please see below for more details.

Best of Moscow & St. Petersburg Guided Tour (CB-17)
This is our most popular tour and deservedly so. Combining Russia's two greatest cities, you'll experience the best this country can offer. Offering a full sightseeing programme, this eight day tour encompasses Russia's cultural treasures, iconic arc...
From £945 8 days
Winter Romance and New Year Fun in the Russian Capitals (CB-10)
Celebrate New Year 2021 in Russia! This eight-day holiday is a very special city break offering you the chance to join the Russians for their unrivalled New Year celebrations. Combining elegant, romantic St Petersburg with mod...
From £1,295 8 days

Best of Moscow Guided Tour (CB-31)
This is a short 5 days introductory tour to Moscow visiting the major landmarks of the Russian capital included on UNESCO Heritage list Ė Red Square, Leninís Mausoleum, Kremlin, Armoury and former tsarsí residence Kolomensko...
From £725 5 days
Discover the Beauty of the Russian Venice - St. Petersburg (CB-02)
Once the Imperial capital of Russia and now its cultural hub, the elegant city of St Petersburg is an entrancing city-break destination. Nicknamed the Venice of the North, the city is built on ove...
From £695 6 days

Epic Trans-Siberian: St. Petersburg - Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk - Baikal - Vladivostok (TS-16)
Many tours claim to be epic, but spanning eight time zones and over 6000 miles, this one truly is! On this 16 day tour, weíll travel from St Petersburg east to Vlad...
From £1,895 16 days
Highlights of Trans-Siberian: Moscow - Kazan - Yekaterinburg - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk (TS-27)
This 12-day tour offers the chance to cross Russia by train, travelling from Moscow to Irkutsk. On the way, youíll alight to visit some of the countryís most compelling sights, from St Basilís Cathed...
From £1,595 12 days


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