CORONAVIRUS IN RUSSIA: BAN ON ENTRY LIFTED FOR 11 COUNTRIES AND REGIONS

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In accordance with the governmental decree No. 440-p dated 9 March 2022, several changes were made to the decree No. 635-p dated 16.03.2020, which lifted the full ban on entry to Russia for citizens and permanent residents of 11 states and territories. This ban was introduced in December 2021 in connection with spread of Omicron variant.

The changes took effect on 9 March 2022.

What are the changes?

1. The Russian government has lifted the full ban on entry for citizens of countries and permanent residents of specific territories (Hong Kong) as well as all foreign nationals who have visited these countries or territories within 14 days before travelling to Russia, namely:

• Botswana
• Zimbabwe
• SAR Hong Kong
• Lesotho
• Madagascar
• Kenya
• Mozambique
• Namibia
• Tanzania
• Eswatini
• South Africa

The relevant “red list” of countries and territories (appendix No. 3 to the Decree) has been abolished.

Intermark comment:

Although the full ban was lifted, all abovementioned states (excluding the territory of SAR Hong Kong) remain “restricted countries”. For citizens of such countries processing of invitations, issue of work permits to persons staying abroad and entry into Russia are allowed only based on exceptions provided by the decree, inter alia, based on approved lists sent by Russian ministries to the MIA and FSS of Russia (applicable to HQS workers and dependents as well as technical specialists servicing foreign equipment).

Who is affected?

Citizens of countries/permanent residents of territories previously included in the “red list” as well as recent visitors to these countries or territories.

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