Frequently asked questions about the situation in Russia
If you are in Russia and want to know what to do, read the frequently asked questions below. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs colour code for Russia is orange and red. See the travel advisory (in Dutch) for more information.
General questions and contact information
The most important thing is to inform the Dutch embassy that you are in Russia and how you can be reached.
Sign up for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Information Service. Select ‘Aanmelden + registratie bij ambassade’ (sign up and register with embassy). This will help you stay up to date on the latest developments. It also lets the Ministry of Foreign Affairs know you are in the country.
You can also download the Travel App (Reisapp) and add Russia as a favourite. You will then receive a notification whenever the travel advisory changes. Follow@247BZ on Twitter to get the latest travel advice.
The ministry can be reached at any time of the day or night by calling +31 247 247 247.
That is correct. There are currently no flights between Russia and the Netherlands. There are no flights between Russia and many other EU countries either.
Yes, this is possible. Passengers can fly to the Netherlands from Russia via certain other countries, including the United Arab Emirates.
The Russian side of the border is currently closed for EU citizens travelling by train. EU citizens can still cross the Russian-Finnish border by car. The driver/owner must have a green card, which can be obtained at petrol stations near the border.
The Dutch government is not going to evacuate people. Dutch nationals are urgently advised to make their own way out of Russia. Some airlines are still operating and there are alternative routes for leaving Russia, for example via the United Arab Emirates or other countries.
Contact your bank to ask about alternatives. You can still make online payments, for example to buy airline tickets. There are no Dutch banks on the sanctions list.
The government will not be evacuating people. We are providing advice, however, on the best way and time to leave the country. That is why the embassy is asking you to consider whether your stay in Russia is necessary, and if it isn’t, to leave the country soon.
When is my stay in Russia necessary?
This is a decision you have to make personally. The embassy can’t advise you in this regard.
The embassy and the consulate-general are currently fully operational. They follow the travel advisory. If a red travel advisory is given for all of Russia, the embassy and the consulate-general may have to scale down their operations or close completely.
There are no longer any direct flights from Russia to most countries in Europe. You can still reach the EU from Moscow and St Petersburg via countries that have not closed their airspace, such as the United Arab Emirates. The travel distance will be much longer, so expect higher costs and longer travel times. The situation can change suddenly.
The Russian side of the border is closed for EU citizens travelling by train.
It is currently still possible to leave Russia by crossing the border into Finland, Estonia or Latvia in your own car. Check the Russian exit rules and the entry rules of your country of destination carefully before departure.
Take into account that it may get very busy at border crossings if the situation gets worse. Be prepared: make sure you have enough fuel and cash. And remember that not all bank cards and credit cards may be accepted. Don’t forget the green card for your car, and remember that in many European countries driving with studded winter tyres is not allowed.
The entry rules have been coordinated with the European Union. Neither the Sputnik V vaccine nor Russian QR codes are accepted in the EU. Many countries require a PCR test. So check carefully what the entry rules are for the country or countries you wish to travel to or through.
If you are travelling to the Netherlands, check the requirements you must meet on arrival in the Netherlands.
Travelling and travel documents
No, per April 27, 2022, you can not apply for a Schengen visa.
As a result of the decision of the Russian authorities to declare the Dutch consular staff of the embassy in Moscow persona non grata, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has regretfully had to suspend the regular Schengen visa granting.
Yes, you can apply at VFS Global for a visa without an appointment if you are an immediate family member and you live in Russia.
Immediate family members of a Dutch national are:
their registered partner
dependent children under the age of 25
dependent children from a previous marriage under the age of 25**
** Additional documents are required for children from a previous marriage or children born to unmarried parents:
If the Dutch national has full custody of the child: proof of custody (the document must be translated and have an apostille).
If the Dutch national has joint custody of the child: the other parent’s written consent (with their signature) and a photocopy of the other parent’s passport.
What documents should I, as a partner or immediate family member, bring when I apply for a visa?
You should bring the following documents, as applicable in your situation:
Visa application form
Photocopy of partner’s or parent’s passport
Marriage certificate / certificate of registered partnership; the document must be translated and must have an apostille from the competent authorities in Russia.
Birth certificate; the document must be translated [into ... talen toevoegen?] and must have an apostille from the competent authorities in Russia.
Permission from the other parent if you are travelling alone with a child under the age of 18.
Yes. You can still go to the Netherlands. Make an appointment at the embassy via our online appointment system to collect your long-stay visa (MVV).
If you want to move your appointment for a long-stay visa, please send an email to the Dutch embassy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or consulate-general (email@example.com) where you made the appointment. The embassy or consulate-general can discuss the options with you. EU citizens cannot cross the border from Russia into EU countries by train or air.
Yes. You can still go to the Netherlands. Use the online appointment system to make an appointment at the embassy in Moscow to collect your long-stay visa (MVV).
Yes, you can currently apply for a passport at the Dutch embassy in Moscow or the consulate-general in St Petersburg. Please bear in mind that it will take longer than usual for you to receive your new passport. This is because passports currently can’t be sent from the Netherlands to Russia. You can also collect your new passport outside Russia.
You can apply for a (one-way) laissez-passer at the Dutch embassy in Moscow or the consulate-general in St Petersburg. You can then apply for a regular passport at a border municipality in the Netherlands.
Yes, you can collect your passport from any Dutch diplomatic mission or from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. You must indicate where you want to collect your passport when you submit your application. You cannot change this later.