29 Apr 2020 12:36

Russian PM Mishustin extends inbound travel ban

MOSCOW. April 29 (Interfax) - Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has extended the ban on foreign citizen arrivals until after stabilization of the coronavirus situation; however, the ban does not apply to foreign specialists giving maintenance to imported equipment.

"The ban on foreign citizen arrivals in our country has been in effect till April 30. I have signed the government directive extending this period until after the battle against the infection is over and the epidemiological situation improves," Mishustin said at a meeting of the Presidium of the Coordination Council for the Coronavirus Response on Wednesday.

However, "the ban will not apply to certain categories of foreign citizens," including specialists that set up and provide technical maintenance to imported equipment, Mishustin said. In his words, this measure will reduce the negative impact of restrictions on Russian industries, including those manufacturing equipment for fighting coronavirus.