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Visas for Foreigners in Russia Will Be Extended by 90 Days Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

© REUTERS / EVGENIA NOVOZHENINARussian law enforcement officers wearing protective masks stand guard in a street, after the city authorities announced a partial lockdown ordering residents to stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in central Moscow, Russia March 30, 2020
Russian law enforcement officers wearing protective masks stand guard in a street, after the city authorities announced a partial lockdown ordering residents to stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in central Moscow, Russia March 30, 2020 - Sputnik International
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Russia has so far registered a total of 1,836 cases of COVID-19 in 71 regions, while at least nine citizens have died. Moscow has the highest number of infections - a total of 1,226 patients.

Visas for foreigners in Russia will be extended by 90 days due to COVID-19, regardless of the purpose of their visit, the Russian Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

"Foreign citizens arriving in the Russian Federation on visas will have them extended for up to 90 days, regardless of the purpose of their visit to Russia", the ministry said.

It added that in case of the expiration of the existing visas, the period of temporary stay will also be extended with the subsequent issuance of transit visas for leaving Russia.

As of 30 March, the number of COVID-19 cases has passed 693,224, with over 33,106 people dying from virus-related complications, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Infections outside China, where the virus emerged in late December, have been growing more rapidly than at the start of the outbreak.

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