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COVID-19: Russia closes land border with Poland, Norway for foreigners on Sunday

Moscow has mandated the FSB) to suspend crossings by foreign nationals and stateless persons through the Russian-Polish and Russian-Norwegian land border into the territory of the Russian Federation. According to a report by Tass on Saturday.

Russia’s government has ordered to close the Russian-Polish and Russian-Norwegian land border for foreign nationals on Sunday, March 15 to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, the government said in a statement on Saturday.

"The Federal Security Service (FSB) shall suspend crossings by foreign nationals and stateless persons through the Russian-Polish and Russian-Norwegian land border into the territory of the Russian Federation for purposes of education and employment, as well as for private and tourist purposes, except for citizens of the Republic of Belarus, members of official delegations and persons with a residence permit in the Russian Federation," the document says.

In addition, the Foreign Ministry is tasked with notifying Poland, Norway and other states whose interests might be affected by the implementation of the regulation "of the measures envisaged, emphasizing that they are justified by particular circumstances and are provisional".

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