RUSSIA: MEDICAL CHECKUP RESULTS TO BE VALID FOR 12 MONTHS

We would like to inform you that the Ministry of Health of Russia has introduced amendments to the rules of conducting medical checkups of foreign nationals, which are due to take force on 1 March. These amendments provide for extension of validity terms of issued medical certificates, elaboration on the list of conducted medical examinations and exclusion of COVID-19 from the list of diseases subject to identification during medical checkups.

The changes will take force on 1 March 2022.

What are the changes?

1. The validity term of medical certificates issued after medical checkups is set to 12 months from the date of issue.

2. The list of conducted examinations is changed as follows:
- Tests for narcotics and examination by a psychiatrist-narcologist will no longer be conducted for children under 13. The relevant certificate will no longer be issued to them
- X-ray lung examinations are mandatory for foreign nationals who are over 18. Alternative means of diagnostics are introduced for children between 6 and 17 years old (depending on age).

3. Results of other medical checkups or examinations conducted in Russia within the past year may be accepted during an immigration medical checkup.

4. Coronavirus infection has been excluded from the list of diseases, which are subject to diagnostics during medical checkups and are formal ground for cancellation of permits.

Who is affected?

Foreign nationals subject to medical checkups in accordance with the Russian legislation.

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