January 31: Russia earlier on Saturday has announced that it will resume issuing visas for all the categories of Indians planning to travel to the country through air services as well as for the ones applying for the residence permit. With this development, the international flights between New Delhi and Moscow will resume.

The flights between New Delhi and Moscow are likely to operate twice a week. However, given the circumstances, the travellers are advised to travel with a valid medical document confirming the negative status of their RT-PCR test for coronavirus infection. As stated in a statement, the move was taken in line with a decision given by the Russian Covid-19 Emergency Response Centre on the 16th of January.

The Russian Embassy in New Delhi in a statement said, “In this regard, issuing of visas of all categories (including student visa) to enter Russia via air checkpoints is resumed for the Indian citizens, as well as for persons who have a residence permit.”

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Previously on January 25, the Russian government issued a directive to the restore the international air traffic on a reciprocal basis with a number of foreign states including India. It also said, “Currently, no citizen is getting e-visas as the issuance of e-visas is banned until an appropriate directive of the Russian government.”

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