The Russian government has decided to temporarily restrict the entry of foreigners into the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The rules come into effect on Wednesday and apply until May 1st.

According to the government’s press service, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin held a series of telephone calls on Sunday and Monday to explain the measure to neighboring country leaders.

“The measures taken by Russia comply with the recommendations of the World Health Organization, are the result of special circumstances and are absolutely temporary,” the report said.

Exceptions are made for diplomats and those who “live permanently in Russia”, as well as for some other categories, such as B. Aircraft crews. International truck drivers and people attending funerals are also excluded.

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