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Pre-Departure Checklist

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Citizens of Azerbaijan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Armenia, and Uzbekistan do not need a visa to enter Russia.

Detailed information about getting an invitation and visa is available in the section Visa.

  • After the visa invitation appears in your personal account or after you get it by email, you may apply for a student visa at a Russian consulate or visa centre in your home country (single-entry visa, 90-day duration);
  • When you get your visa, don't forget to check if there are any mistakes on the visa and if all the information is correct.



  • Pass the COVID-19 test (using the PCR method) no earlier than 2 days before your trip (a certificate of COVID-19 absence is required at the airport, train station, and HSE dormitory);
  • Get a health insurance that will be valid for the entire period of your stay, or choose an insurance company in Russia where you can get a policy on arrival;
  • Read about the medical examination that should be made upon your arrival; 
  • Get a certificate of vaccination or a copy of the certificate of preventive vaccination.


  • Keep the contacts of your Programme Office and programme manager, as well as the International Office;
  • Keep the contacts of the Embassy/Consulate of your country in Russia.


  • Documents for admission (visit the website for international applicants of the HSE-Nizhny Novgorod to see the list of documents);
  • Certificate of COVID-19 absence (PCR test);
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate issued in English or in Russian (if you are vaccinated);
  • Originals of documents required for the trip (passport, plane/train ticket);
  • Original of medical certificate, HIV test, Hepatitis B,C tests (for students received a full scholarship);
  • Cash to use during your first few days in Russia (US dollars, euros, or rubles).


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