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Entry into Russia for Highly Qualified Specialists, their Family Members, and Citizens of the Eurasian Economic Union

The Russian Government has amended the Order restricting entry to Russia to allow certain groups of foreigners to visit Russia

The Russian Government has amended the Order restricting entry to the country

The Russian Government has amended the Order restricting entry to Russia1 to allow certain groups of foreigners to visit Russia.

Since 6 February 2021, highly qualified specialists (HQS) and their close family members have been allowed unlimited entry into Russia2. In addition to HQS themselves, this right extends to their spouses, parents (adoptive parents) and children (adopted children).

The application process for accompanying family members remains the same as for the HQS. The employer of the HQS should submit an application form containing the personal details of the HQS and/or family members (stating the border checkpoint they will use for entry and the date of entry) to the federal executive body responsible for the sphere in which the employer operates. This should result in these persons being added to the list of those allowed to enter Russia, which is shared with the Federal Security Service and Ministry of Internal Affairs. HQS and their accompanying family members are required to have a valid Russian visa, unless there is a visa-free agreement between their country of citizenship and Russia.

By a separate Order3, citizens of the EAEU member states (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) are allowed to enter Russia during the period 1 February–1 March 2021, inclusive. Citizens of these countries may only arrive via one of the listed Russian airports, on a flight from Armenia or Belarus, to be eligible for entry. In addition, the visitor should evidence a negative COVID test using the mobile app "Traveling without COVID-19"

1 Order of Russian Government № 635-r as of 16 March 2020

2 Order of Russian Government № 258-r as of 6 February 2021

3 Order of Russian Government № 140-r as of 26 January 2021