No PCR tests needed for vaccinated Russians returning from abroad

No PCR tests needed for vaccinated Russians returning from abroad

Russia’s sanitary watchdog has canceled obligatory PCR tests for the novel coronavirus infection upon return from foreign countries for those Russians who have received both shots of the vaccine within a period of one year or have had COVID-19 within the previous six months.

"No PCR testing for COVID-19 is needed upon presentation of a certificate of vaccination carried out within 12 months or a document proving recovery from COVID-19 within six months [before returning from abroad]," according to a resolution of Russia’s chief state sanitary doctor.

The document comes into effect from July 7. Information about recovery from the disease or vaccination should be available on the portal of state services.

Russian nationals returning home from foreign countries will have to take only one PCR test for the novel coronavirus infection within three days instead of two, TASS reported.

"Russian nationals are obliged to undergo one PCR test for COVID-19 within three days upon arrival to Russia and stay in self-isolation at the place of residence until the results of the PCR test are ready," it said.

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