Russia will temporarily bar Chinese nationals from entering the country beginning Feb. 20. Reconfirm travel arrangements.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 19 Feb 2020 14:30 GMT and is scheduled to expire 04 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: From Feb. 20
  • Impact: Entry restrictions

Summary
Russian authorities will bar Chinese nationals from entering Russia beginning Feb. 20 as a means of preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The ban currently applies to all Chinese travelers, including those with business, work, student, personal, or tourist visas; Chinese travelers with transit visas will be permitted to transit Russian airports. The duration of the measures will likely depend on the course of the outbreak in China and other countries.

The advisory did not specify whether other foreign nationals who have traveled to China will be subject to the ban; however, Aeroflot (AFL) continues to operate flight services to Chinese destinations, albeit at a reduced rate.

The pending restrictions are the latest in a series of continuing actions by Russian authorities to contain the spread of the disease. As of Feb. 19, all passenger rail services with China remain indefinitely suspended. Border crossings with China in the Far Eastern Federal District remain closed to Chinese nationals; however, cargo shipments have resumed.

Advice
Confirm entry requirements before embarking on travel to Russia. Follow all official instructions. Allow additional time for immigration. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny, delays, and quarantine.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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