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COVID-19 Update: New Categories of foreigners may enter Russia

In accordance with the Decree of the Government of Russia of 18.11.2020 No. 3013-r, family members of HQS employed in the field of sports, as well as family members of persons participating in sportive events on the territory of Russia may now enter Russia based on approved lists. 

What are the changes?

Family members of HQS employees employed in the field of sports or individuals participating in sportive events in Russia may now enter Russia based on the lists sent by the Ministry of Sports to the MIA of Russia, FSS of Russia and Russian aviation agency, upon presenting work or humanitarian visas. 

NB! Previously the above scenario was applicable only to principal visitors (HQS employed in the field of sports and persons participating in sportive events). 

- The above-mentioned categories of foreign nationals included in the lists are eligible to obtain letters of invitation and visas of respective type. 
- In the context of entry into Russia, family members are only spouses, children, parents and adopters. 
- The decree does not limit the number of entries for these categories of foreigners. 

Who is affected?

Family members of HQS working in the field of sports and family members of persons participating in sportive events. 

Intermark comments

To include HQS employees employed in the field of sports and their family members in the approved lists the employer needs to submit a request to the Ministry of Sports. 

To include persons participating in sportive events and their family members the interested host party (organiser of the event, sports federation etc.) is to submit such application. 

Entry rules for HQS employed in any other fields and their family members remain unchanged.
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