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Russia demands proof of COVID-19 immunity from travelers – draft laws

A medical specialist works at a COVID-19 rapid test center in a metro station during the coronavirus disease outbreak in Moscow, Russia, Nov. 9, 2021. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

MOSCOW, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The Russian government released a draft proposal Friday to require QR codes as proof of immunity to COVID-19 from air and rail travelers until June 1.

The government will decide later on when the rule will be introduced, Transport Minister Vitaly Savelyev said during a briefing broadcast on Friday.

“Specific medical documentation … will have to be presented during ticket purchase and boarding, whether it be an airplane or a train car,” Savelyev said.

The proposed laws, which have yet to be approved by parliament, suggest that from February 1, QR codes may also be required to enter public places, including restaurants, but this set of restrictions may vary from region to region, depending on the local infection rate. .

Russia reports the highest number of daily infections since the start of the pandemic and has the third highest death toll from coronavirus in the world after the United States and Brazil.

Russia’s coronavirus-related deaths surpassed 500,000 in November, data from the coronavirus task force and state statistics agency Rosstat shows.

By imposing new restrictions, authorities are trying to speed up a slow vaccination campaign at a time when only about 40% of Russians are fully vaccinated.

In lieu of proof of immunity against the coronavirus, a negative PCR test can be submitted before February 1, according to the bill.

After this date, QR codes will be issued to those who have been vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19 or have documents proving that vaccination is not recommended for them for medical reasons, the documents said.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova Editing by Alistair Bell

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