St. Petersburg is one of Russia’s biggest transport hubs. The city is served by Pulkovo International Airport, five rail terminals, and a sea port. It also boasts numerous road links to cities in Russia and Europe.

There is likely to be increased traffic at all transport hubs during the Forum. We therefore advise participants to plan their journey well in advance.


Citizens of other countries can obtain the documents required for a Russian visa on the basis of invitation for foreign visitors (if a visa is required to enter the Russian Federation). 

! Please note, that this is a separate document from a Russia–Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum invitation.

Detailed information will be available on the website in the near future. Please follow updates on the Forum website and email communications.

COVID-19 prevention measures

It is not required to present the results of a PCR test for entry into the Russian Federation or to quarantine after arrival in St. Petersburg.

You only need to fill out a questionnaire upon arriving in Russia. The questionnaire does not have to be completed by citizens of EAEU countries arriving through land borders: Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and Kazakhstan.

However, selective or comprehensive testing of citizens is conducted at checkpoints, depending on the epidemiological situation in their country.


Flights to St. Petersburg

Pulkovo (LED) is the only airport in St. Petersburg servicing regular domestic and international flights.

Direct flights to Moscow operate from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and Uzbekistan. For the latest information, please visit the websites of Pulkovo Airport and your airlines of interest. Alternatively, you may contact airlines directly. 

Pulkovo Airport is located 17 kilometres from the historic centre of St. Petersburg and 7 kilometres from the Forum venue. The journey time from the airport to the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre is 15–20 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Accreditation badge, PCR testing, shuttle buses

During the Forum, information and services point will be staffed at the central terminal to provide Forum participants with all the necessary information.

During the Forum, free shuttles will run between Pulkovo International Airport and the Forum venue. Participants can use the accredited vehicle with driver rental service

More information about PCR testing, badge collection and transport services will be available on website nearer the time of the event.

Pulkovo Airport

41/3A, Pulkovskoye Shosse, St. Petersburg

+7 (812) 337 3822, +7 (812) 337 3444

Applying for VIP aircraft and passenger services (domestic flights only)

+7 (812) 324 3446, +7 (812) 324 3644, 

+7 (921) 765 2620, +7 (921) 909 0440

Pulkovo 3 Business Aviation Centre

37/5A, Pulkovskoye Shosse, St. Petersburg

+7 (812) 240 0287

Operations (24 hours):

+7 (812) 240 0288, +7 (921) 961 1820, 

+7 (964) 342 2817

+7 (812) 240 0288



Passenger service (24 hours):

+7 (812) 240 0305, +7 (911) 757 2500

A-Group Business Aviation Centre

17A, Ulitsa Startovaya, St. Petersburg

+7 (495) 981 3826 

+7 (495) 578 0374



Flights to Moscow

Should you be unable to travel directly between your point of departure and St. Petersburg, we advise flying via one of Moscow’s airports. Moscow’s three main airports – Vnukovo, Domodedovo, and Sheremetyevo – handle more than 90 flights daily to St. Petersburg. The flight time is approximately 90 minutes.

Direct flights to Moscow operate from Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE and Uzbekistan.

For the latest information, please visit the websites of SheremetyevoDomodedovo, and Vnukovo airports and your airlines of interest. Alternatively, you may contact airlines directly.

Sheremetyevo Airport

+7 (495) 578 6565, +7 (925) 100 6565

Applying for VIP passenger services

+7 (495) 788 7362

+7 (495) 981 0909

Domodedovo Airport

+7 (495) 933 6666

Applying for VIP passenger services

+7 (495) 787 8632

Vnukovo Airport

+7 (495) 937 5555

Applying for VIP passenger services

+7 (495) 255 2121

Aeroexpress to Moscow city centre

Aeroexpress is an excellent way to avoid traffic conjestion and travel to the city centre from any of Moscow’s airports. If you plan to fly to Moscow and take an onward journey to St. Petersburg by train, the convenient Aeroexpress trains allow you to travel via the following routes in comfort:

  • Domodedovo Airport – Paveletsky Rail Terminal, Paveletskaya metro station (journey time – 40 minutes)
  • Sheremetyevo Airport – Belorussky Rail Terminal, Belorusskaya metro station (journey time – 35 minutes)
  • Vnukovo Airport – Kievsky Rail Terminal, Kievskaya metro station (journey time – 35 minutes)

Please visit the Aeroexpress website to view timetables and purchase tickets.

Transit via foreign airports

Should you be unable to travel directly between your point of departure and an airport in Russia, we advise flying via a country offering flights to Russia.

At present, flights are available through transit points in Armenia, Egypt, India, China, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. We recommend that you select the appropriate departure and arrival points, then check the website or the airport information service to see which air carriers operate regular and/or non-scheduled flights via the desired route. For more information about flights, we suggest you visit the website of your preferred air carrier.


Forum participants may arrive in the Russian Federation by private aircraft. More information will be available on website nearer the time of the event.


St. Petersburg has five rail terminals: Moskovsky, Ladozhsky, Vitebsky, Finlyandsky, and Baltiysky. Each of St. Petersburg’s rail terminals is conveniently situated and serves suburban and international routes.

Moscow – St. Petersburg

Sapsan high-speed trains depart from Leningradsky and Kursky Rail Terminals in Moscow, and arrive at Moskovsky Rail Terminal in St. Petersburg. Seventeen trains run along the route daily, with the journey time ranging from 3.5 to 4 hours.

Please visit the Russian Railways website for a detailed Sapsan timetable.

Moskovsky Rail Terminal

Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station, 85, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg

Russian Railways information centre

8 (800) 775 0000

During the Forum, information and services point will be available at Moskovsky Rail Terminal to provide Forum participants with all the necessary information.

During the Forum, free shuttles will run between Moskovsky Rail Terminal and the Forum venue. Participants can use the accredited vehicle with driver rental service

More information about PCR testing, badge collection and transport services will be available on website nearer the time of the event.

Over the years of its existence, the African Union has established itself as an effective mechanism for multilateral political, economic and humanitarian cooperation. This influential international organisation plays an important role in settling local conflicts and crises and strengthening neighbourly relations, security and stability on the African continent.

For Russia, African states have always been and remain important and reliable partners. We are united by the desire to build a just multipolar world order based on true equality and the rule of international law, free from any form of discrimination, coercive diktat or sanctions pressure.

The first ever Russia-Africa summit held in 2019 created good conditions for stepping up our traditionally friendly relations, both bilaterally and multilaterally. I am confident that the second summit in this format, to be held in St Petersburg in July, will allow us to set new goals for expanding cooperation between the Russian Federation and its African partners in a wide range of areas, such as addressing topical issues on the regional and international agenda.

It will be my pleasure to welcome you in St Petersburg. I look forward to continuing to work together constructively for the benefit of our countries and peoples, and in the interests of the peaceful and prosperous development of the African continent.

Vladimir Putin

The Russia–Africa Summit, which is taking place in Sochi on 23–24 October 2019, encapsulates the historically friendly relations between the African continent and the Russian Federation. This Summit carries great significance as it is the first of its kind to emerge during a period of major global and international transformations. In response to the aspirations of the people it is representing, the Summit intends to build a comprehensive framework for expanding Russian–African relations into broader horizons of joint cooperation across different fields.

The African nations and Russia share a common understanding of international relations, based on the principles of respect for the rule of international law, equality, non-interference in the internal affairs of states, and the peaceful resolution of disputes. Both sides affirm their commitment to support multilateral actions to oppose new international threats, be they terrorism and extremism in all their forms, or declining growth rates. The two sides share a firm conviction regarding the importance of developing trade flows and supporting mutual investment in such a way as to ensure security, peace and development for the African and Russian people.

African countries have huge potential and opportunities that will allow them, once efforts to streamline their economies have been achieved, to emerge as real global players. In recent years, the nations of this continent have achieved major successes spanning the political, economic, social and administrative spheres. Africa has flourished in terms of growth over the past decade, reaching a continent-wide growth rate of 3.55% in 2018.

The African Union Summit, which was held in Niger in July 2019, continued the efforts of the African countries and saw the African Continental Free Trade Agreement come into force, along with its operational instruments. The agreement is one of the key objectives of Agenda 2063, an African development strategy that has been created to address the African people’s desire for prosperity and decent living standards.

These successes are opening up wide-ranging prospects for cooperation between African countries and the Russian Federation, and confirm the determination of African governments and their people to cooperate with multiple partners in order to establish mutually beneficial relations.

With this in mind, we express our hopes that the Russia–Africa Summit will help in the establishment of constructive strategic relations, based on partnership between two sides across various fields, and in the service of fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the African people and their friends in Russia.

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Abdelfattah ALSISI