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HQS RE-ENTRY SITUATION CENTRE

! Please be aware that we accept the respective direct applications from AEB members only. The non-member companies are welcome to apply for the fourth list either via the respective national business chambers/associations or national embassies. !


Who can apply for AEB support?

For capacity reasons, only HQS from AEB members can receive full AEB support (additional clarifications, updates etc.). Non-member companies should apply to their national business chambers/associations or national embassies. 

Who can enter the Russian Federation?

Highly Qualified Specialists (HQS) or foreign citizens participating in the adjustment and maintenance of foreign-made equipment can enter Russia after approval of by their respective sectoral ministry and communication of travel details to the FSB and Russian Aviation Authority (Rosaviatsia).

Can I apply for re-entry on my own?

Yes, companies can address such requests to their respective profile (sectoral) ministries at least 14 days prior to arrival. The applications shall include copies of the following documents for HQS: 

- a passport,
- visa (if any),
- valid employment contract or civil contract with an employer or customer,
- work permit (if any);

for specialists involved in the adjustment and maintenance of foreign-made equipment:

- passport,
- visa (if any),
- purchase contract, employment contract or a civil contract with an employer or customer,
- work permit (if any).

In the absence of a work visa or an employment contract, the company in its request to the relevant ministry indicates a request for assistance in issuing an invitation to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.


How to identify company’s profile (sectoral) ministry?

The sectoral ministry (in charge of the industry or the area of company’s activity) can be determined based on the main type of its activity according to the OKVED (all-Russian register of economic activities)

What are the requirements when crossing the Russian border?

When crossing borders, compliance with potential self-isolation rules in force in different countries may be required:

Belarus

Please note that there may be difficulties on the border with Belarus, queues at the checkpoint. In Belarus, persons arriving from countries not included in the List shall not observe self-isolation for 14 calendar days.

Lithuania

Entry is allowed for citizens from the listed countries: https://urm.lt/default/en/important-covid19. Individuals arriving in Lithuania from countries affected by COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for 14 days. 

Estonia

Entry is allowed for citizens from the listed countries: https://moscow.mfa.ee/ru/obnovlennaja-informacija-o-vozmozhnostah-pojezdok-i-o-trebovanii-izolacii-dla-pribyvajushhih-iz-jevropy-po-sostojaniju-na-6-ijula/. Individuals arriving in Estonia from countries affected by COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for 14 days. 

Finland

Individuals arriving in Finland from countries affected by COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for 14 days. 

Ukraine

We do not recommend to cross Russia-Ukraine border

Kaliningrad region

14 days of self-isolation is required in Kaliningrad. Also, when flying from Kaliningrad to Moscow or St. Peters-burg, you need to go through border control again. We also recommend that all HQS carry the above-mentioned set of documents.

Resolution of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation of 03/30/2020 N 9.

What if the date of entry was changed?

If the date of entry specified earlier was changed you must reapply for entry permission.

Order of the Government of the Russian Federation of March 16, 2020 N 635-r.

Where can I get information re: regular or evacuation flights?

For detailed information we recommend to directly contact airline offices. The Consulate of the Russian Federation in your country of Residence or the latter’s Embassy in the Russian Federation as well as the Federal Air Transport Agency may also help.

Can an HQS from listed countries enter Russia without additional approval?

No, despite the resumption of international flight connection and the general entry allowance given to listed countries (currently the UK, Switzerland, Turkey, and Tanzania), HQS still must comply with special list request procedure established for them.

Can I use public transport to get home from the airport?

No, only corporate or private transport is allowed.

Where do I need to self-isolate in case my city / airport of arrival is not my final destination?

If your city / airport of arrival is not your final destination, you have to self-isolate for 14 days of in the city / region where you cross the border of the Russian Federation, e.g. if you enter Russia at a capital airport, you need to undergo isolation in Moscow or the Moscow region, if you enter via Kaliningrad region, you need to self-isolate there before you can continue to mainland Russia. 

Resolution of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation of 03/30/2020 N 9.

What documents do I need when crossing the border?

An HQS, included in an approved AEB list, should carry the following documents:

- valid travel documents (passport, visa),
- negative COVID-19 test in English or Russian,
- an original / certified copy of the employment contract,
- work permit,
- a copy of the apartment rental agreement.




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AEB Members benefit from a quicker and easier way of applying for work visas and work permits for their foreign employees in Russia.

Contacts:

HQS Re-Entry Situation Centre
Anna Arsentyeva



HQS Re-Entry Situation Centre
Ksenia Solovieva



HQS Re-Entry Situation Centre
Olga Abramova

+7 (495) 234-27-64