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IMMIGRATION: Mandatory Immigration Medical Checks To Include COVID-19 Test

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We would like inform you that the medical examination, which must be passed by foreign nationals in Russia when obtaining certain immigration documents, will now include coronavirus infection (COVID-19) test.

The change will take effect on 27 June 2020.

Which law introduces the changes?

Order of the Ministry of Healthcare of Russia No. 581н dated 15.06.2020.

What are the changes?

The Ministry of Healthcare has put COVID-19 on the list of infectious diseases, which are enough basis for refusal of issuance or cancellation of the following documents:

- Work permit (WP);
- Work patent;
- Temporary residence permit (TRP);
- Permanent residence permit (PRP);

Accordingly, relevant tests will be carried out when passing examination in a medical institution for obtaining the aforementioned documents.

Who is affected?

Foreign nationals who plan to obtain work patents, work permits under regular procedure, TRPs or PRPs in Russia.

Intermark comments: As of today, foreign nationals employed as HQS do not need to pass medical examination for the purpose of obtaining their WPs, therefore this change in theory should not affect them. Nevertheless, we will be monitoring the implementation of this new regulation in practice.
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