Closed cities of Russia

There are some closed cities in Russia, which can’t be visited by foreign citizens even if they really want.

Some of closed cities are closed not only for the foreigners but for Russians as well. You need a state pass to visit a closed city. Such passes usually are issued by authorities of a certain closed city.

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Why some cities are secret?

In Russia as well as in other countries there are territories where are situated factories producing mass destruction weapon, processing radioactive materials or where are situated important military facilities. There are 38 closed towns in Russia as of 2020 (every year their quantity decreases).

Closed cities are regulated by the following governmental decrees:

List of closed cities of Russia in the 2020

Other closed territories outside Russia

There are territories in the CIS countries which you can’t visit. The most famous is Baykonur (facility with cosmodrome and a town) in the Kazakhstan, Karshi-Khanabad military air base in the Uzbekistan and Ämari Air Base in the Estonia.

Closed administrative-territorial localities are surrounded around the perimeter by barbed wire and have checkpoints with security. So, if you enter Russia under tourist or private visa, don’t be afraid that you will accidentally go into a closed town.


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One thought on “Closed cities of Russia

  • Michael says:

    I have a woman who lives in a closed city. Novouralsk. I live in America and we want to meet and possibly get married. She doesn’t want to leave Russia and I want to go to Russia. How is this possible.

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