Entry to Russia for International Students

By the Order of the Russian Government dated March 16, 2020 No. 635-r (revised on March 16, 2021), international students, postgraduates, and trainees of pre-university departments are allowed to return to Russia to resume their studies. 

Be aware that clearance is granted only to students from countries deemed to have a safe epidemiological environment by the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (the information is current as of August 10, 2021, check for updates): 

1.       Abkhazia

21.   Great Britain

41.   Qatar

2.       Albania

22.   Greece

42.   Republic of Maldives

3.       Armenia

23.   Hungary

43.   Saudi Arabia

4.       Austria

24.   Iceland

44.   Serbia

5.       Azerbaijan

25.   India

45.   Seychelles

6.       Bahrain

26.   Ireland

46.   Singapore

7.       Belarus

27.   Italy

47.   South Korea

8.       Belgium

28.   Japan

48.   South Ossetia

9.       Bulgaria

29.   Jordan

49.   Sri Lanka

10.   China

30.   Kazakhstan

50.   Switzerland 

11.   Croatia

31.   Kyrgyzstan

51.   Syria

12.   Cuba

32.   Lebanon

52.   Tajikistan

13.   Cyprus

33.   Liechtenstein

53.   Tanzania

14.   Czech Republic

34.   Luxembourg

54.   Turkey

15.   Dominican Republic

35.   Malta

55.   United Arab Emirates

16.   Egypt

36.   Mauritius

56.   Uzbekistan

17.   Ethiopia

37.   Mexico

57.   Venezuela

18.   Finland

38.   Moldova

58.   Vietnam

19.   France

39.   Morocco

20.   Germany

40.   Portugal

Before arriving in Russia

1. Notify the MAI International Department 14 days before your arrival; send a copy of your ticket specifying the port of entry and visa.

Contact information:

int@mai.ru – for 1st year and pre-university students 

isec@mai.ru  – for 2nd to 4th year students

When booking your tickets, please be aware that all university offices are open strictly Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM (with a break from 1PM to 2 PM). 

2. Receive a permit to enter Russia from an MAI representative.

3. Prepare the necessary medical documentation*: 

  • chest photofluorograph with no signs of tuberculosis;

  • medical clearance from a dermatologist/venerologist for living in a dormitory (with negative bacterioscopy for STDs and negative blood tests for syphilis and HIV);

  • vaccination certificate with dates of vaccinations against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B, and tuberculosis.

*all medical documentation must be with a notarized translation into Russian language.

4. Get a PCR test for COVID-19 in your country no earlier than 3 days before arriving in Russia. The results certificate must be in English or Russian.

5. Book a hotel room for 1-3 days until you are provided with dormitory accomodation.

After arriving in Russia

1. Get a PCR test for COVID-19 in Moscow. The test can be done at the airport upon arrival or in a laboratory in Moscow.

Medical laboratories that are closest to the University and the dormitory (the information is advisory in nature): 

Medical lab


Approximate cost



Leningradskoye Shosse 9, korp. 1

2300 rubles



Ulitsa Zoi i Aleksandra Kosmodemyanskikh. 4, korp. 1

3000 rubles 


Ulitsa Belomorskaya 22


Ulitsa Festivalnaya 17, korp. 1

2300 rubles



Ulitsa Belomorskaya 18A, korp. 2

2000 rubles



2.  Get vaccinated against COVID-19.

In accordance with recommendations of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia, on-campus studies will be accessible only to students having a certificate of vaccination against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with a vaccine that has passed state registration in the Russian Federation. (link: http://www.garant.ru/hotlaw/federal/1477762/)

List of medical institutions where you can get vaccinated:

Medical center

Cost  (as of July 13, 2021)

Required documents

Website / Address

Luzhniki Olympic Complex

Sputnik Light: 1300 RUB


Luzhniki metro/MCC station

Sectors C and D

Municipal clinic #62 Branch #5

Sputnik Light: 1300 RUB


Aeroport metro

Planetnaya ul., 37

Municipal clinic #3

Sputnik Light: 1300 RUB


Mayakovskaya metro Ermolaevskiy per., 22-26C

Municipal clinic #3 Branch #1

Sputnik Light: 1300 RUB


Tverskaya metro

Bolshaya Bronnaya ul., 3

Municipal clinic #68

Sputnik Light: 1300 RUB


Polyanka metro

Malaya Yakimanka ul., 22-1


Sputnik V

Component I: 1900 RUB

Component II: 1900 RUB


residence registration


Semeyniy Doktor

Sputnik V

Components I and II: 4000  RUB (single payment)

Health insurance;

certificate of enrollment


3. Visit the MAI clinic with your negative PCR test results and vaccination certificate to get a permit for dormitory accommodation.

Address: Ulitsa Konstantina Tsareva 12. 

Working hours: Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM (with a break from 1PM to 2 PM).

4. Visit the MAI International Department to submit the documents for migration registration and arranging a health insurance (the cost is 10 000 rubles).

Required documents: copies of all passport pages (can be scanned at the University), migration card.

Address: Volokolamskoye Shosse 4, Main Administrative Building, Room 112.

Phone number: +7 499 158-43-24, +7 499 158-40-43, +7 499 158-00-27.

Working hours: Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM (with a break from 1PM to 2 PM).

5. Go to the MAI dormitory with the accommodation permit. 

Dormitory address: Ulitsa Festivalnaya 4, bld. 3.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms during self-isolation (high body temperature, sore throat, runny nose, cough), you need to immediately contact the University and call a doctor.

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