COVID-19: Nationwide ‘non-working days’ announced

27 Oct 21

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

IMPACT – MEDIUM

The Russian government announced that it would implement nine “non-working days” from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7. The non-working period may affect visa application processing and immigration services.

Key Points:

  • Government services centers and other state-run businesses may be closed or operate at reduced capacity during this time.
  • Individual states retain the right to modify the dates of the “non-working days” and the extent in which the policy will be applied to businesses.
  • Individuals should check with their local authorities for exact dates and closures during the “non-working days.”
  • The Russian government maintains the right to extend the “non-working days.”

Background: The “non-working days” regime was first implemented in March 2020 and lasted for a month. During that time, the acceptance of immigration documents was significantly limited and carried out using electronic resources or by preliminary appointment.

BAL Analysis: The decision to institute nationwide “non-working days” is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19. Individuals should check with their local authorities to find location specific details. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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