Russian tour operators have previously said they plan to hold “vaccination tours.” However, this is unlikely to happen in the short term.
Russian tourism operators have stated that there are foreign nationals who want to come to Russia for the COVID-19 vaccine and plan to organize “vaccination tours” to respond to this request, but this is unlikely to happen in the short term.
In early February, Viktor Topolkarayev, director general of Intourist, one of the leading Russian tour operators, stated that they had received strong demand from foreign countries, especially citizens of Asian and South American countries, to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Russia and announced plans to organize “vaccination tours” to promote this demand.
ONLY CITIZENS OF 21 COUNTRIES CAN ENTER RUSSIA
However, at this stage, where access to Russia is limited, it seems unlikely that this project will be implemented. Currently, only 21 nationals of countries with open borders can enter Russia.
These countries are: Turkey, Tanzania, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Maldives, Egypt, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Serbia, Cuba, Japan, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Vietnam, India, Qatar, Finland, Greece and Singapore.
Citizens of other countries must have special reasons to enter Russia.
The categories of citizens from “closed” countries allowed to enter Russia are determined by the government’s special decree. These include diplomats and their families, foreign experts, those who come to receive medical care and their companions.
“THE ABSOLUTE PRIORITY FOR US IS THE FAMILY OF THE CITIZENS OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION”
However, the entry of a foreign citizen into Russia does not mean that he can access the Covid-19 vaccine, Russian Deputy Health Minister Aleksey Kuznetsov said.
Kseniya Shehovtsova, Deputy Medical Director of the Medsi Group, stated that diplomatic mission employees registered at the legal addresses of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had access to the vaccine, Sputnik reported; “Vaccination with Sputnik V is carried out on Russian citizens with permanent or temporary residency certificates in Moscow, as well as foreign nationals with temporary residence permits in the capital,” he said.
Representatives of the Russian branch of Israel’s Hadassah Hospital at the Skolkovo Innovation Center in Moscow said they would vaccinate anyone affiliated with any clinic in Moscow, provided it had a mandatory health insurance card.
A source told the Russian Interfax agency that foreign nationals from abroad only have the chance to get vaccinated in mobile vaccination centers. There are cases where foreign nationals are vaccinated by presenting their national passports.”