Russia has been in almost total isolation since the beginning of the war with Ukraine. The suspension of Aeroflot’s international flights as of Tuesday, March 8, will effectively close the country even further. However, there are still some possibilities to travel to Russia, if some travelers still feel a vital need to go there. From Western Europe, there are three choices: Istanbul, Belgrade and Helsinki.

As Turkey did not join the sanctions in Western Europe, the Russian Federation is in a state of isolation…

Russia has been in almost total isolation since the beginning of the war with Ukraine. The suspension of Aeroflot’s international flights as of Tuesday, March 8, will in fact close the country a little more. However, there are still some possibilities to travel to Russia, if some travelers still feel a vital need to go there. From Western Europe, there are three choices: Istanbul, Belgrade and Helsinki.

As Turkey did not join the sanctions in Western Europe, there are still flights from Istanbul to Moscow and also to St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. Here too, the suspension of Aeroflot flights greatly reduces the offer. However, there are still two daily flights of the Turkish low-cost airline Pegasus from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen to the Asian part of the city. From Istanbul New International, Turkish Airlines serves up to three times a day to St. Petersburg and several times a week to Yekaterinburg.

Serbia has traditionally been a faithful ally of Moscow. This is reflected in the continued air links between the two countries. There are 1 to 2 daily flights of Air Serbia between Belgrade and Moscow. As well as two frequencies per week to Saint Petersburg.

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Finally, a third alternative, this time by rail, exists. That of the Allegro train from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg. The journey takes 3h30 with two trains per day. However, this train is only accessible to holders of a Finnish or Russian passport. There is talk of opening these trains to other nationalities…

One must certainly have a good reason to go to Vladimir Putin’s homeland. All Western European chancelleries (including Finland) strongly advise against any travel to Russia at the moment. This situation is likely to continue for a long time as the Russian army continues to pound the Ukraine…