What is the change? Russia has extended requirements for foreign nationals to prove they have been immunized against measles.

What does the change mean? Under an order issued in November, employers must ensure that all foreign employees are immunized for measles or have either had measles or were previously immunized. Immunization certificates not issued in Russia must be legalized/apostilled and include a notarized translation into Russian. Employers must report the immunization status of existing employees, as well as employees hired in 2020, to the appropriate Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) office.

  • Implementation time frame: Now through Dec. 31, 2020.
  • Who is affected: Employers of foreign employees and new hires in 2020.
  • Business impact: Companies must obtain the measles immunization status of all foreign employees and report it to government authorities.  

Background: The order regarding measles immunizations remains in effect until Dec. 31, 2020, and is expected to be extended into future years.

Analysis & Comments: To comply with the measles requirements, employers are encouraged to put in place procedures to ensure that they request and document information from foreign assignees to Russia about their measles status and submit supporting documents with their report to the Russian government agency. Employers who violate the public health laws face fines of 10,000 to 20,000 rubles or suspension of business operations for up to 90 days.

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