The statement of the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia M.V. Zakharova in connection with the temporary restriction of entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens and stateless persons provides the following provisions:
- In order to ensure state security, protect public health and prevent new coronavirus infection on the territory of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a decision (Order No. 635-r of March 16, 2020) on temporary restriction of entry into the Russian Federation from March 18 this year to May 1 this year of foreign citizens and stateless persons, including those coming from the territory of the Republic of Belarus, as well as citizens of the Republic of Belarus.
- These restrictions shall not apply to accredited or appointed employees of diplomatic missions and consular offices of foreign states in the Russian Federation, international organizations and their representations, other official representations of foreign states located in the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as family members of the said persons, and drivers of international motor transport, crews of aircrafts, sea and river vessels, train and locomotive crews of international railway communication, members of official delegations and persons holding diplomatic, service and ordinary private visas issued in connection with the death of a close relative, persons permanently residing on the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as persons transiting through air checkpoints.
- In this regard, the diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Russian Federation temporarily suspend the acceptance of documents, execution and issuance of all categories of visas, except for visas to the above-mentioned persons. In addition, the issuance of visas in the form of an electronic document is suspended.
- The measures provided for are subject to special circumstances and are only temporary in nature.
Source: Russian Foreign Ministry