Where to go on holiday: visa-free countries for Russians
It’s not necessary to get a visa beforehand in order to travel abroad. There are countries, for a trip to which you need only a valid passport and a return ticket. This is a great option to get somewhere at the last moment.
And in other countries visa is not necessary at all – Russian tourists get a stamp at the border and pass on. In some states you can get a visa directly at the border. The number of days that you can spend in the country also varies – usually from a month to a year.
We have prepared a list of these countries and told what to do on vacation and what documents to bring.
The article is up to May 6. Depending on the epidemiological situation, entry conditions may vary. Check the information before you travel.
Turkey – up to 60 days
Turkey is the most affordable option for recreation after the Russian resorts, while the level of service is advantageously different. A long beach season, architectural monuments, nightlife, a real hammam – everyone will find a holiday to his liking here. Antalya, Kemer, Side, Alanya will suit for an all-inclusive holiday, and Istanbul and Cappadocia will appeal to lovers of architecture and new experiences.
Of the documents you will need a passport valid for at least six months and return tickets. You will also need a test or certificate of vaccination, with which the HES code is issued. You will be asked to show it at the entrance to museums, shopping malls, and some restaurants.
Balloons fly in Cappadocia almost every day until sunrise. The main condition is windless weather. Photo: unsplash.com
Israel – up to 90 days
The resorts of the Mediterranean, Red Sea and Dead Sea host tourists all year round. Many pilgrims – Christians, Muslims and Jews alike – travel to Israel to visit holy places. The best time for excursions is spring and fall, when there is no sweltering heat. Most tourists try to arrive in time for the big religious holidays – Christmas or Easter. Take this into account, so as not to encounter a large flow of people.
For entry you need a passport with validity of at least six months, insurance for the entire stay, proof of ability to pay, return ticket and hotel reservation. PCR tests prior to departure and upon arrival will be required.
Israel’s western border runs along the Mediterranean coast. The beaches of Tel Aviv are some of the most popular destinations for tourists and locals alike. Photo: unsplash.com
United Arab Emirates – up to 30 days
The UAE is a country of deserts and skyscrapers, where ancient customs and new technologies are combined. The country has excellent service, warm sea all year round and a wide range of entertainment – from nightclubs and shopping centers to excursions to the largest aquarium. Spa holidays here can be easily combined with the exploration of the city. The best time to visit – from October to April.
You will need a passport valid for at least six months. In the major emirates – Abu Dhabi or Dubai – you can get with the “Sputnik”. You must take a PCR test before departure and upon arrival.
Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. The height of the Dubai skyscraper is 828 meters, or 163 floors. Photo: unsplash.com
Georgia – up to 360 days
Georgia is famous for its national cuisine and wine made from local grape varieties. It is worth visiting for its unspoiled nature, Christian shrines and mountain caves. Tourist season lasts from June to August. The velvet season is from September to mid-October. You can go sightseeing in Tbilisi, relax in Batumi, Borjomi or Kvariati, and go skiing in Gudauri.
Note that there are no direct flights from Russia yet, but you can fly to the country with connections and without special documents. Land borders are also open to travelers, but now you cannot cross them without good reason. You need a reason: referral for treatment, relatives in Georgia, a work invitation or a residence permit.
To enter, you need a passport valid for the entire duration of the trip, or a certificate of vaccination. If you are not vaccinated, you need a PCR test no older than 72 hours, and another one must be done within three days of entry.
One of the highest and most beautiful peaks in the Caucasus is Mount Kazbek on the Georgian-Russian border. Photo: unsplash.com
Armenia – up to 180 days
In Armenia, you can see the mountainous landscapes of Ararat, ancient fortresses and monasteries, healing springs with mineral water. In the capital, Yerevan, there are ancient churches, a 16th century Turkish fort and the ruins of a Roman fortress. Armenians of middle and senior age speak Russian, young people do not always speak it, but many know English.
Of the documents you need a passport, certificate of vaccination or PCR test. In contrast to neighboring Georgia, there are direct flights from Russia.
Dominican Republic – up to 30 days
The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean. Most tourists come here for resort recreation – all year round warm sea, palm groves and high level of service. You can go scuba diving and book a tour to the wrecks, surf or just sunbathe on the beach.
To enter need a passport valid for the entire trip, a tourist card, which is filled out on arrival, and return tickets. At entry, you must take a PCR test.
The most beautiful coastal area in the republic is considered to be Bavaro Beach near the city of Punta Cana. Photo: unsplash.com
Serbia – up to 30 days
Serbia has no sea, but it has mountains, a comfortable climate and health resorts that are as good as the Czech Karlovy Vary. The country is popular among those who appreciate the architecture or prefer health tours. In the capital, Belgrade, you can visit the local towers and fortresses. The best time to travel is late spring and early fall.
You will need a passport valid for more than 90 days at the time of return from the country, and a PCR test not older than 48 hours. Return tickets, proof of hotel reservation and proof of ability to pay may be requested.
Azerbaijan – up to 90 days
Baku is an oriental bazaar, jewelry stores and modern shopping malls. There are many historical monuments and modern buildings. Among the latter are the skyscrapers Flame Towers and the Baku Crystal Hall, where the “Eurovision 2012” was held.
To enter the country, you need a passport valid for the entire trip, a certificate of vaccination and PCR-test.
Thailand – up to 30 days
Thailand is a tropical nature and mild climate. The Gulf of Thailand enjoys year-round sunshine, beaches with white sand, all conditions for surfing and diving. And everyone who loves nightlife and parties will like it here.
Among the documents required are a passport valid for at least six months at the time of entry, a migration card to be filled out upon entry, and return tickets. Proof of hotel reservation, a PCR test and two pre-paid tests on arrival will be required.
Summer in Thailand begins the monsoon season. Changes in wind direction can cause changes in the weather – such as prolonged rainfall. Photo: unsplash.com
Resorts with visa-free regime up to 30 days
Montenegro – up to 30 days
The country is washed by the Adriatic Sea. In summer, tourists go to Budva, Becici, Podgorica, Tivat, Ulcinj, Herceg Novi.
Egypt, up to 30 days
The most famous Egyptian resorts are Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh. There is a wide choice of hotels for every budget.
Seychelles – up to 30 days
An island nation in the Indian Ocean offers a relaxed vacation with rare flora and fauna.
Maldives – up to 30 days
The Maldives, a tropical island in the Indian Ocean, has become a standard for a paradisiacal holiday. Crystal clear azure water, white sand and coral reefs await you.
Visa-free resorts up to 90 days
Argentina – up to 90 days
The vibrant and expressive country of South America is known for ski resorts, festivals and even beach vacations.
Cuba – up to 90 days
Land of rum and vintage cars, known as a haven for presidents and revolutionaries. And there are plenty of white sand beaches.
Chile – up to 90 days
Developed South American country attracts picturesque Andes, geysers and thermal springs.
Brazil – up to 90 days
The trip will appeal to tourists who are excited to discover new culture and exoticism of Latin America.
Rio de Janeiro is a huge city on the shores of Guanabara Bay and the hallmark of Brazil. Photo: unsplash.com