Russia removes travel restrictions from India, 3 other nations

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New Delhi (NVI): The Russian government has lifted all travel restrictions from India, Finland, Vietnam and Qatar, which were imposed last year to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking to Twitter, the Russian Embassy in India made the announcement and said, “For citizens of Finland, Vietnam, India & Qatar the restrictions on entry to Russia, imposed due to spread of COVID-19, are being lifted.”

“The corresponding order was signed by Chairman of the Russian government Mikhail Mishustin on January 25, 2021,” it added.

In another tweet, the Embassy stated that, the Russian government’s press statement specifies that citizens of these states and those who have a residence permit will be allowed to enter Russia through air checkpoints. Russian citizens, in turn, can also fly to any of these countries.

This move came more than a week after the Russian anti-coronavirus crisis center made a decision to resume reciprocal international air routes.

Earlier, taking into account the epidemiological situation in individual countries, the Emergency Response Centre, made a decision to resume international air flights to and from these countries as of January 27, 2021, on a reciprocal basis, the government’s statement said.

“Flights will be carried out to Vietnam (Moscow – Hanoi), India (Moscow – Delhi), Finland (Moscow – Helsinki and St. Petersburg – Helsinki) twice a week and to Qatar (Moscow – Doha) three times per week,” it added.

On March 16, 2020, Russia had initially imposed travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.

So far, Russia the fourth most affected country has registered 3,716,228 coronavirus cases with over 69,300 deaths, the John Hopkins University data shows.

-RJV