Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a decree allowing citizens of Finland, Vietnam, India and Qatar to enter the country, as well as those who have a residence permit in these countries. Russians can also fly to any of these countries.
“Earlier, the operational headquarters, taking into account the epidemiological situation in individual countries, decided to resume on a reciprocal basis international flights from January 27, 2021 with these states,” the document says.
Flights will be operated twice a week to Vietnam (Moscow – Hanoi), India (Moscow – Delhi), Finland (Moscow – Helsinki and St. Petersburg – Helsinki). Flights to Qatar (Moscow-Doha) will be three times a week.
At the same time, earlier the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) clarified the conditions for entry into these countries. In particular, tourist trips for Russians to the listed countries remain unavailable. Entry to Finland is possible only for educational or humanitarian purposes. Russians can enter Vietnam on a work visa as investors, diplomats, experts, highly qualified workers and business managers. In India and Qatar, international flights have been suspended until at least 31 January. Other information from the authorities of these countries has not yet been reported.
In the face of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Russia closed its borders to foreign citizens in March 2020. Since August, Russia has begun to partially lift restrictions. By January 2021, air traffic was resumed with more than 20 countries. Today, January 25, President Vladimir Putin announced that the epidemiological situation in Russia is stabilizing and this makes it possible to carefully remove the restrictions imposed earlier.