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Key Points

  • A Level 4 Travel Advisory is in effect for Russia
  • US citizens should avoid traveling to Russia and leave immediately if they are currently there
  • Commercial flight options are limited
  • Land borders are still open for vehicle travel
  • US citizens should avoid crossing the Ukraine-Russia border
  • Individuals who leave Russia should contact the nearest US embassy or consulate


The US Department of State (DOS) has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Russia. US citizens who are currently in Russia are encouraged to depart the country immediately, and travel to Russia is discouraged.

DOS is advising US citizens to avoid traveling to Russia at this time due to the crisis in Ukraine and the associated risks to US travelers, including the increased risk for harassment of US citizens by Russian government officials and the limited ability of the US Embassy in Moscow to provide assistance to US citizens.

US citizens still have options available for leaving the country through commercial means, but those options are quickly dwindling. Flights to and from Russia are minimal, and many countries have closed their airspaces to Russian aircraft. Land routes are still open for bus and vehicle travel, although US citizens are encouraged to avoid border crossings at the Ukraine-Russia border. Individuals are encouraged to make their own arrangements to leave Russia. Those who choose to stay are advised that the US Embassy has a limited ability to assist US citizens, and conditions in the country may change quickly. US citizens may also have trouble accessing their credit cards and other financial resources if they stay in Russia.

On Feb. 28, 2022, DOS authorized a voluntary departure of non-emergency personnel and their eligible family members from the US Embassy Moscow.

Looking Ahead

US citizens who depart Russia and go to another country besides the United States may contact a local US Embassy or Consulate in that country for assistance.

Written by: Lucy Halse, Content Marketing Associate, Envoy Global
Edited by: Dmitri Pikman, Supervising Attorney, Corporate Immigration Partners
Source: US Department of State

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