The Government of the Russian Federation decided to restrict the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons for a period from March 18 to May 1, 2020
March 16, 2020 21:10
On March 15–16, 2020, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin held telephone conversations with the Prime Minister of Belarus Sergey Rumas (twice), as well as the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Ali Asadov, the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin, the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Muhammedkaly Abylgaziev, Prime Minister of Tajikistan Kokhir Rasulzoda and Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov.
During the negotiations, the situation related to the new coronavirus infection was discussed. Mikhail Mishustin informed the Heads of Governments that in order to ensure state security, protect public health and prevent the spread of coronavirus infection in accordance with Russian law and the provisions of applicable international treaties of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Russian Federation made a decision to temporarily restrict the entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens and stateless persons from 00:00 local time on March 18, 2020 to 00:00 local time on May 1, 2020.
It was noted that the restriction on entry will not apply to employees of diplomatic missions and consular posts in the Russian Federation, drivers of cars of international automobile traffic, crews of aircraft, sea and river vessels, train and locomotive brigades of international railway traffic, members of official delegations and persons having diplomatic, official, ordinary private visas issued in connection with the death of a close relative, persons permanently residing in the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as persons traveling in transit through air border crossing points.
During the telephone conversations, Mikhail Mishustin emphasized that the measures taken by the Russian Federation comply with the recommendations of the World Health Organization, are caused by special circumstances and are exclusively temporary.
The Heads of Governments agreed to maintain contacts on issues related to the threat of the further spread of the new coronavirus infection. In addition, in telephone conversations certain issues of bilateral relations of mutual interest were raised.