Russia recently announced it will allow entry for air travelers from the U.K., Tanzania and Turkey.

Key Points:

  • Citizens and permanent residents of the U.K., Tanzania and Turkey will be allowed to enter Russia beginning Aug. 1 via air travel only.
  • These travelers may only obtain a visa at Russian consulates in the U.K., Tanzania and Turkey.

Background: Russian borders remain closed for all foreign nationals with only a few exceptions. Foreign travelers entering Russia for work are subject to 14-day quarantine upon arrival. The same is true for passengers arriving on evacuation flights. In order to enter Russia, foreign travelers must obtain a COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival and present a certificate showing a negative result or obtain a COVID-19 test in Russia, within three days of arrival.

Analysis & Comments: The lifting of air travel restrictions for nationals and permanent residents of the U.K., Tanzania and Turkey is good news for employers who wish to send employees to Russia from these countries. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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