Trips abroad

About 41% of Russians have been abroad, 20% — in the West. At the same time, no more than 5% of respondents have traveled abroad over the past year. A quarter of Russians have a passport for traveling abroad.

Only 2-3% of Russians have visited the USA. 13-14% have been to Western and Eastern European countries. In total, about 20% of respondents have been to Western countries at least once. About a third of the respondents have visited other countries.

In general, as of August 2022, about 41% of Russians have been abroad. Compared to the previous measurement (2018) this share has grown. At the same time, only 5% of respondents have been abroad in the last 12 months.

Residents of Moscow (62%), cities with a population of more than 500 thousand people (45%) and from 100 thousand to 500 thousand (43%) have been abroad most often.

A quarter of respondents have a valid passport for traveling abroad. For 4 years, the situation has not changed much.

The largest number of respondents with a foreign passport among Muscovites is 40%. In cities with populations from 100 thousand to 500 thousand and more than 500 thousand, 30% of respondents have this document. In cities up to 100 thousand a fifth (21%) have it, and 13% have it in villages.

19% of those who have a passport have an open visa to enter another country. in recent years, their number has halved. Thus, in terms of all respondents, 5% of Russians have a passport with an open visa.


The survey by the Levada Center was conducted August 25 – 31 2022, among a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample was comprised of 1612 people aged 18 or older in 137 municipalities of 50 regions of the Russian Federation. The survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the total number of participants along with data from previous surveys.

The statistical error of these studies for a sample of 1600 people (with a probability of 0.95) does not exceed:

3.4% for indicators around 50%

2.9% for indicators around 25%/75%

2.0% for indicators around 10%/90%

1.5% for indicators around 5%/95%

The ANO Levada Center is included in the registry of non-commercial organizations acting as foreign agents.


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