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Wuhan coronavirus: Russia suspends working visas to Chinese citizens, air services

Christian Fernsby |
The Russian government is going to suspend issuance of work visas to Chinese citizens, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and head of the emergency response headquarters for the prevention of the novel coronavirus’ spreading to Russia Tatyana Golikova told reporters yesterday.

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"We are preparing a draft government decree on a temporary ban on work visas for citizens of the People’s Republic of China," she said.

Russia will suspend all air service with China starting February 1, the coronavirus prevention HQ head reported. Aeroflot regular flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong will be the only exception from the ban. Four Chinese airlines will be allowed to fly to Russia, Golikova specified.

"We close all aviation frequencies, with the exception of Aeroflot, which will continue flying to four Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong," Golikova announced. "In accordance with the agreement with the PRC, four Chinese airlines continue flying to Moscow, they will continue operating on a regular basis."

All Aeroflot and Chinese airlines flights will be conducted only from the Terminal F of Sheremetyevo Airport, while all other flights will be redirected to other terminals.

As for the Chinese citizens staying in Russia, they will be able to leave for China before air communications of Russian regions with China are halted. "Simultaneously, we will talk to the Chinese side, suggesting that if such a need arises Chinese citizens can board planes leaving for China from cities other than Moscow so that they can return to China. We expect information from Chinese authorities regarding this issue in a couple days’ time," she said.

Russia will not suspend mail and cargo shipments with China.

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