Frequently asked questions:

  1. From which countries are international undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, clinical residency and preparatory course students allowed to enter the territory of the Russian Federation? 
  2. If my country is on the list, what am I supposed to do to enter Russia? 
  3. What should I do to get registered? 
  4. What should I do when I arrive at the hall of residence? 
  5. How is the teaching and learning process currently organised at the University? 
  6. How is medical support for foreign citizens organised? 
  7. When and where can I have a PCR test? 
  8. Can an international student be inoculated against COVID-19? 
  9. How can I get a St Petersburg University graduation diploma? 
  10. How to get a visa invitation for entry?

 

From which countries are international undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, clinical residency and preparatory course students allowed to enter the territory of the Russian Federation?

As of 28 May 2021, entry to Russia is allowed from the following countries:

  • Iceland
  • Japan
  • The Arab Republic of Egypt
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • The Republic of Abkhazia
  • The Republic of Armenia
  • The Republic of Azerbaijan
  • The Republic of Belarus
  • The Republic of Cuba
  • The Republic of Finland
  • The Republic of India
  • The Republic of Kazakhstan
  • The Republic of Korea
  • The Republic of Maldives
  • The Republic of Malta
  • The Republic of Serbia
  • The Republic of Seychelles
  • The Republic of Singapore
  • The Republic of South Ossetia
  • The Republic of Tajikistan
  • The Republic of Turkey
  • The Republic of Uzbekistan
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
  • The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  • The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • The Federal Republic of Germany
  • The Hellenic Republic (Greece)
  • The Kyrgyz Republic
  • The Portuguese Republic
  • The Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • The State of Qatar
  • The Swiss Confederation (Switzerland)
  • The Syrian Arab Republic
  • The United Mexican States
  • The United Republic of Tanzania

 

If my country is on the list, what am I supposed to do to enter Russia? 

In accordance with the Russian Federation Government Order dated March 16, 2020 № 635-р «On the Temporary Restriction of the Entry into the Russian Federation of Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons and the Temporary Suspension of the Issuance of Visas and Invitations», the entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens and stateless persons is temporary restricted from March 18, 2020 due to the threat of the further spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

On March 16, 2021, the Government of the Russian Federation signed the Order № 639-р, which defines a special procedure for the entry of foreign students into the territory of the Russian Federation for study purposes. According to this Order, citizens of foreign countries with a low level of COVID-19 spread, included by Rospotrebnadzor in the corresponding list and approved by the decision of the Operational Headquarters to prevent the import and spread of new coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation, can enter the territory of the Russian Federation for study purposes. The list of these countries is determined by Appendix № 1 to the Russian Federation Government Order dated March 16, 2020 No. 635-р (hereinafter referred to as the List) and is updated based on the decisions of the Operational Headquarters to prevent the import and spread of new coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation.

As of April 06, 2021, foreign students from are the citizens of the following countries are allowed to enter the Russian Federation for study purposes: Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Venezuela, Vietnam, Germany, Greece, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Finland, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, South Korea, South Ossetia, Japan.

Entry to St. Petersburg is recommended for students enrolled in programs that are currently being taught in a blended or in-person format. The schedule can be found on the official SPbU website. Additional questions can be addressed to the Academic department in the field of studies.

Students from countries included in the List, whose educational program is currently being implemented in a blended or in-person format, must notify the University at least 10 days before arriving in Russia through the student’s Personal Account  (the application form «Entry to the Russian Federation» includes a copy of a foreign passport and a questionnaire). On the basis of these documents the student data will be transferred to the departmental segment of the Ministry of Digital Development of Russia of the State System of Migration and Registration. 

It is necessary to wait for the confirmation from SPbU of your inclusion in the relevant lists.

No earlier than 3 days before entering the Russian Federation the student must do a COVID-19 test using the PCR method and, if the result is negative, receive the corresponding document in Russian or English in his country.

Within 72 hours after entering the Russian Federation, foreign students must take another PCR test. Before receiving the test results, the students must follow self-isolation at the place of their residence. Foreign students are not allowed to take classes without the second negative result.

Within 3 days after arrival in the Russian Federation you must inform the employees of the Passport and Visa Department by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about your arrival in order to comply with the deadlines for migration registration at the place of stay.

 

What should I do to get registered?

If you have any questions related to migration registration, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

International students accommodated in the University halls of residence must contact the Passport and Visa Department within 3 (three) working days after their arrival. They must provide the following documents: passport and copies of all marked pages; migration card and its copy; and residential tenancy agreement. 

International students accommodated at a private address must contact their ‘receiving party’, i.e. the owner of the property, within 3 (three) working days after their arrival. They must provide the following documents: passport and copies of all marked pages; and migration card and its copy. A copy of the document they receive must be sent to the Passport and Visa Department by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Citizens of the Republic of Belarus do not need to provide a migration card. 

Please note that ALL international students must notify the Passport and Visa Department of their arrival within 3 (three) calendar days from their date of entry into the Russian Federation.

 

What should I do when I arrive at the hall of residence? 

The  procedure for foreign citizens who arrived at the University halls of residence after crossing the Russian border for the first time, and the procedure for foreign citizens who previously resided in a hall of residence and returned to it after crossing the Russian border are published on the St Petersburg University website.  

Those residing in the isolation facility can move to the room in which they were previously accommodated after receiving a negative PCR test. 

 

How is the teaching and learning process currently organised at the University? 

The teaching and learning process at the University is organised taking into account the need to comply with the Recommendations for the prevention of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in educational institutions of higher education approved by the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation on 29 July 2020 and Order No 7516/1 dated 28 August 2020

At the moment, classes are being delivered in a mixed format, combining traditional classroom classes, distance learning using information and communication technologies or e-learning, and a hybrid form.  All up-to-date information on the format of the classes is posted on the electronic timetable

 

How is medical support for foreign citizens organised? 

Medical support for international students is provided under a voluntary medical insurance policy. Every student must purchase it at any health insurance company.

 

When and where can I have a PCR test? 

Upon arrival in Russia, international students must be tested for COVID-19 using the PCR method within 72 hours. For those students who are accommodated for isolation in Hall of Residence No 13 (66/4 Botanicheskaya Street) and Hall of Residence No 19 (3 Kapitanskaya Street), sampling is collected by the medical staff of St Petersburg University.    

International students who are not accommodated in the University halls of residence must apply by themselves to any laboratory licensed for such testing. 

Until results are obtained, students must comply with the self-isolation regime, regardless of where they reside. 

 

Can an international student be inoculated against COVID-19? 

Currently, inoculation is possible under a compulsory health insurance policy, which can be issued if a foreign citizen has a residence permit. 

 

How can I get a St Petersburg University graduation diploma? 

Academic and professional credentials can be sent outside Russia by courier express mail: either at the expense of the graduate, whose documents are sent; or at the expense of their authorised representative (pursuant to the agreement between a foreign citizen and an authorised person with a courier delivery company, a copy of which is provided to the University). 

To receive a diploma using courier delivery (express mail), a graduate must: conclude an agreement with a specialised company that provides courier delivery; pay for the delivery service; and send an application to the staff of the Academic Office of their field of study. The form of the application is attached below. A copy of the contract with the courier service must be attached to the application. 

 

How to get a visa invitation for entry?

You need to apply for and receive a visa invitation if you are a citizen of a country included in the list of countries in Annex No 1 to Order of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 16 March 2020 No 635-r and you need a visa to enter the territory of the Russian Federation. To have your visa invitation issued, you should contact the Academic Office in your field of study. You must provide a copy of your passport issued by your own country (pages with the surnames, names, date and place of birth, series, number and validity period of the passport). Additionally, please make sure to indicate the place where you are going to obtain your visa (the city and the country). Please note that in order to have your visa issued, your passport must be valid for at least 1.5 years from the date of your intended entry into the Russian Federation. The turnaround time for issuing a visa invitation is at least five weeks from the date of application.