Visa & Travel documents

Before you travel to Moscow, you need to prepare the necessary documents in advance. On the website of the Russian consulate of your country you will be able to find out whether you need a visa and what documents you need to enter Russia.

Find the Russian consulate of your country

Make sure that your passport has at least two blank pages and that it does not expire before January 1, 2022.


You may need a visa to enter Russia.

Visa-free entry is available for passports from the following countries:

Argentina, Armenia, Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macao SAR, Republic of Korea, Cuba, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Laos, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Chile, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, South Africa, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Jamaica, South Ossetia.

If you are not a citizen of one of the above countries, please apply for a visa at least 2 weeks before departure.

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus Russia temporarily suspended issuing visas to foreign citizens. Please, check up for updates!

Visa invitations

ICPC participants and guests can request an official invitation through the simplified procedure and are exempt from paying the visa fee if they are submitting documents for a visa through the departments of Russian Embassies and General Consulates.

To get an official ICPC and Host visa invitation:

  1. open the ICPC Dashboard;
  2. go to your ICPC Profile;
  3. select Passport & Visa;
  4. enter all the necessary information. You will not be able to travel on an ICPC visa (purpose of entry: scientific and technical communications), as it violates the legislation of the Russian Federation, the purpose of the trip must correspond to the purpose of entry.
  5. Once you’ve completed the Passport & Visa section, the electronic version of the Host invitation will be posted on your ICPC Dashboard page for a month.
  6. Your ICPC Dashboard contains the PDF of your ICPC Invitation and Host Invitation. If the consulate requires the original ICPC invitation, please email with the subject “Original ICPC/Host invitation” and attach the PDF of your invitation. Please provide your name and exact postal address (including contact phone number) to which you want the invitation to be sent as well as the location where you will apply for your visa (e.g. the Russian Consulate in Paris).

Note: You may be asked to submit additional documents. Please check the website of the relevant Russian consulate.

The full package of documents should be submitted to the Consular Departments of Russian Embassies, General Consulates or official visa centers. We do not recommend applying for a visa via intermediary organizations or travel agencies.

Airport transfer

ICPC WF 2020 participants and guests will be provided with a free shuttle service from Sheremetyevo International Airport, Vnukovo and Domodedovo to the hotels. When choosing an airport of arrival, please note that the journey from the Sheremetyevo Airport terminals to your hotel may take over 25 minutes – depending on the traffic situation in the city. Travel time from Vnukovo Airport will be at least 40 minutes and from Domodedovo Airport it will take over an hour to get to your hotel.

If you are planning to arrive at one of Moscow’s railway stations, please provide this information when registering on the ICPC Dashboard. A shuttle service will be provided upon request.

We will soon publish more information on how to arrange airport transfers to ICPC hotels. Please check for updates!

Getting from airport to city by public transport

Aeroexpress is the fastest way to get from international airports to the center of Moscow. High-speed trains depart from the railway stations located within walking distance from the arrival halls, and follow non-stop to central stations.

Sheremetyevo Airport — Belorussky Railway Terminal (M Belorusskaya)
Domodedovo Airport — Paveletsky Railway Terminal (M Paveletskaya)
Vnukovo Airport — Kievskiy Railway Terminal (M Kievskaya)

Trains run at intervals of 30 minutes from 05:00 to 00:30. Travel time is about 35-45 minutes. One-way fare is 500 rubles (~ $ 8). The exact schedule can be found on the website.


Elegant hotel on the main street of Moscow. Just a few minutes walk from the central metro stations and the main sights of the capital.
Hotel in the historic city center, walking distance from the Bolshoi Theatrе, the Kremlin and Red Square.
A business hotel on the river next to the heart of Moscow’s international business center – Moscow City.


Here you will soon be able to find helpful information about safety, health, meals, water, security precautions, emergency medical numbers, pharmacy locations etc. Please, check for updates!

Wi-Fi Access

Participants and guests of the ICPC Moscow Finals 2020 will have access to free high-speed Wi-Fi at ICPC hotels and host venues. Instructions for connecting to the ICPC 2020 Wi-Fi will be published in this section soon.

Please, check for updates!

Russia uses 220-volt electricity and a European type power plug with two round contacts. If the plug of your device differs from the European one, you can buy an adapter in an electronics shop.

Shuttle buses

Every day special shuttles will drive you from the hotels to the host venues and back. This section will soon be expanded with information about shuttle buses stops and the transfers schedule.

Please, check for updates!

Cultural program

Here you will be able to find a cultural program for participants and guests of ICPC WF 2020, including visits to the Moscow Kremlin museums and a sightseeing tour.

Please, check for updates!