What is the change? Russia now requires all foreign nationals to be immunized against measles when working in the country.

What does the change mean? Companies should ensure that all current foreign workers are immunized by Dec. 31, and that all new hires are immunized thereafter.

  • Effective date: Immediate and ongoing. The employer deadline for all current employees to hold an immunization record is Dec. 31.
  • Visas/permits impacted: A number of visas and permits, including work visas and work permits, patents, and temporary and permanent residence permits.
  • Who is impacted: Foreign nationals working in Russia and their employers.
  • Business impact: Companies employing foreign workers who are not immunized against measles are subject to fines and penalties.

Additional information: Foreign nationals who have had the measles before or suffer from a measles immunization allergy will not be required to obtain the immunization. Immunization records must be issued in Russia. If the immunization record was issued abroad, it may be possible to have it verified with an authorized clinic in Russia.

Analysis & Comments: To be compliant with the new law, companies should ensure that all foreign nationals have confirmation of immunization against measles before Dec. 31.

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