Nairobi, Kenya, March 22 – Kenyans, including students, can now travel to Russia after the country lifted earlier restrictions it placed on various countries.
The Russian Embassy in Kenya said on Tuesday that anyone wishing to visit the country can now apply for and obtain their visa at the embassy.
“Dear Kenyans! According to Russian Government Decree №440-R, previously imposed restrictions (including those related to Kenyan students studying in Russia on entry to Russia, have been removed,” the Russian Embassy in Kenya tweeted.
The Embassy noted that Decree №635-R (March 16, 2020) of the Russian government which enlists the categories of foreigners authorized to travel to Russia is still in force.
These categories include; holders of diplomatic and service passports, students and cadets, foreign relatives of Russian citizens, participants in sports and business events.
On March 18, 2020, the Russian government introduced nationwide entry restrictions for almost all foreign citizens.
On March 30, 2020, temporary restrictions on entry and exit through Russia’s land borders were applied.
These restrictions were relaxed on April 16, 2021 for nationals and permanent residents of certain countries.
The announcement comes as different countries around the world warned their citizens against traveling to Russia following its February 24 invasion of Ukraine.
Some countries have gone further by imposing heavy sanctions on President Vladimir Putin’s government, including freezing the assets of Russian-allied businessmen and companies.