Russia

Due to recent military tensions additional security restrictions, including some limitations on movement may remain in place in some regions. Further measures may be implemented at short notice. If you’re in an affected area, follow the advice of local authorities.

The security situation could deteriorate further with little warning. If you’re in Russia, leave immediately using the limited commercial options available or private means if it’s safe to do so. Departure routes from Russia may become disrupted at short notice.

Review your personal security plans and carefully consider the safest means and route to depart. You’re responsible for your own safety and that of your family. Make sure your travel documents are up to date.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Russia. Russia has seen several terrorist attacks, which have caused large casualty numbers, including in Moscow and St Petersburg. Russia’s aviation has also been targeted. Attacks may occur with little or no warning.

Security incidents often occur in the regions of Russia bordering Ukraine, including explosions and large fires. Do not attempt to travel to the Russia-Ukraine border or cross into Ukraine from Russia.

Russian authorities may adopt a more negative attitude towards foreigners in Russia and enforce local laws in an arbitrary manner. Avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publicly on political developments.

Russia has introduced a ‘medium response level’ and a ‘heightened preparedness’ level in several regions. A basic readiness level is in place in the rest of Russia. There may be an increase in security personnel and installations. Security measures or restrictions may be introduced with little to no notice.

If, despite our advice, you decide to enter Russia, expect thorough security checks at the border, including questioning and inspections of electronic devices.

Our ability to provide consular assistance in Russia is limited. The Australian Government will not be able to evacuate you from Russia. If you have significant concerns for your welfare or that of another Australian, contact the Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 in Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 outside Australia.

We continue to advise:

Do not travel to Russia due to the security environment and the impacts of the military conflict with Ukraine.

 

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