Russian authorities on Wednesday have lifted mandatory 14 days self-quarantine for those arriving as a part of easing coronavirus restrictions.
Starting Wednesday, both Russian and international travelers will need to either provide coronavirus test results at the border or take a test within three days of arrival in Russia.
Self-quarantine will remain mandatory for people who test positive for the virus or whose health deteriorates upon arrival.
It’s one among several steps in an attempt to reopen the country after health officials started reporting a slowdown in infections.
Last month, authorities allowed travel abroad for the aim of work, studying, medical treatment, or taking care of relatives.
They also let foreigners with work permits or those seeking medical treatment or taking care of members of the family into the country.
Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said Russia may resume international flights starting Wednesday, adding that the ultimate decision would depend upon the result of negotiations with other countries.
On Tuesday, Belarus Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko announced that the reopening of the border with Russia and resuming transport between the two countries “in the coming days.” Russia has reported more than 746,000 confirmed coronavirus cases so far.