Severflot in summer and autumn operates passenger boats on the Yenisey and Ob rivers, from Omsk in the south to Antipayuta in the north. On this river-forum post, someones writes that Обязательно привезти копию первой страницы паспорта и копию свидетельства о рождении (emphasis mine) (Google translation: "Be sure to bring a copy of the first page of the passport and a copy of the birth certificate"). I would have a па́спорт (passport) in any case, but the need for a свидетельство о рождении (birth certificate) makes me wonder if they might limit foreign nationals. There are certainly places with travel restrictions for foreign or even Russian nationals. On the other hand, the eastern Siberian Lenaturflot advertises in English that Also voyage Yakutsk – Tiksi is popular among tourists from Russia and foreign countries. Usually such tourists come to Yakutia without taking a package tour. As a foreigner, can I simply buy a ticket on one of those river boats or might some be for Russian nationals only?

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    This decree mentions an area around the Yenisey (excluding the ship channel) so maybe do some map checking plus Wikipedia's article on Closed Cities. – mkennedy Jan 13 '19 at 18:57
  • @mkennedy Right... but I wonder if passengers can still board the ship, just not get off at any of the ports with closed cities. – gerrit Jan 13 '19 at 19:02
  • Why the downvote? – gerrit Jan 13 '19 at 20:55
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    Have you tried sending an e-mail to Severflot with your question? It seems they just want to see your ID which should be either a passport for adults OR a birth certificate for children. At first glance it looks more like poor wording of the requirements than an actual ban. – undercat applauds Monica Jan 15 '19 at 7:02
  • @undercat No, I might do that if my plans gets more concrete and then I would add an answer here. – gerrit Jan 15 '19 at 10:25

It seems to me that Salekhard is neither in border proximity zone nor in the list of territories where international citizens' travel is controlled.

Neither is Ob' river waterway.

However, Antipayuta seem to be deeply inside the territory where travel is controlled, which means, you will need a permit obtained from FSB to set foot there. It is also in border proximity zone with similar limitations.

Please see the following map: everything to the right of line requires explicit permit.

Controlled travel area around Salekhard

Of course, you also need to ask Severflot if they will carry international citizens, either way.

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  • Does that mean Antipayuta is like a "closed city" (even when it's not a city)? – gerrit Nov 23 '19 at 21:32
  • No, closed cities is a separate list. However, it is border area so there is little practical difference. – alamar Nov 24 '19 at 7:30
  • I'm surprised it counts as border area. There are plenty of coastal cities in Russia (St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Vladivostok) and I don't think they all count as border area? Is it just the Arctic Ocean that counts as a border area? – gerrit Nov 25 '19 at 20:14
  • This list is non-trivial, but we actually have a lot of area count as border area, and it creates all kinds of hassles: for example, Ivangorod and Pechory Pskovskie are both tourist attractions and border areas with limited access. – alamar Nov 25 '19 at 20:54

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