Russia temporarily restricts entry of Iranians into country

Russia temporarily restricts entry of Iranians into country

The entry of Iranian citizens into Russia has been temporarily restricted, according to a report on the Russian government’s website. The order was given yesterday by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

"In order to ensure state security, protect public health, and prevent the spread of a new coronavirus infection (2019-nCoV) on the territory of the Russian Federation, from 00:00 on February 28, 2020, Moscow time, the Russian Federal Security Service temporarily suspends passage of citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran across the Russian state border, their entry into the territory of the Russian Federation for studying and employment, as well as for private, tourist and transit purposes," the statement reads.

By another decree, the government adopted a temporary restriction for entry of foreign citizens from Iran through air checkpoints at the Russian state border starting on February 28.

The cabinet also noted that the Russian Foreign Ministry would inform Iran and other affected countries, stressing that the suspension is a temporary measure, caused by an emergency.