Can Russian Citizens Travel To USA Now? Updated in 2023

The American Embassy in Moscow has ceased providing non-diplomatic visa services as the Russian government has disallowed the employment of foreign nationals in any role within the embassy. Russian citizens can still apply for nonimmigrant visas at any other U.S. embassy or consulate where they can secure an appointment.

Immigrant visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow have been suspended, leading the U.S. Department of State to assign the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw as the processing center for immigrant visas for Russian residents. On February 16, the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent and U.S. Consulate General in Almaty were added as processing posts for Russian IR-5 (parent of a U.S. citizen) immigrant visa applicants. More information can be found here.

At present, boarding foils are not being processed.

Unfortunately, the Russian government’s actions have made it unfeasible for the embassy to continue offering non-diplomatic visa services in Russia. All consular services at the U.S. Consulates in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok remain suspended.

Asylum & Refugee Status Please note that asylum seekers are individuals already in the United States who would face immediate physical danger if they returned to their home country. Refugees are nonresidents who require assistance in leaving the country they have fled to due to safety concerns for themselves or their families in their country of origin. The U.S. Embassy cannot provide assistance in such situations.

The U.S. Embassy in Russia does not handle applications for refugee or asylum status in the United States. We recommend contacting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for more information on seeking refugee or asylum status: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees serves as the primary point of contact for refugees. For more information, please contact: