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RUSSIA – Employment Ban and Visa Restrictions for Turkish Nationals

, 23/12/2015

Due to the current political situation, employers in Russia will not be able to obtain work permits for Turkish nationals from 1 January 2016. Also from 1 January, Turkish nationals will no longer be able to enter Russia without a visa.

Employment Ban

Presidential Order No. 583 of 28 November 2015 introduces a package of sanctions against Turkey, including the ban on employment of Turkish nationals in Russia. The ban will not extend to Turkish nationals currently employed in Russia. However, it is not yet clear whether employers will be able to file for work permit extensions for these existing work permit holders.

Visa Restrictions

The presidential order also suspends the bilateral agreement between Turkey and Russia from 12 May 2010 on the simplification of visa requirements. This means that, from 1 January 2016, Turkish nationals will not be able to enter Russia for tourism or business without a visa, except for diplomats and residence permit holders.

Action Items

  • Any plans to send Turkish nationals to Russia for work will need to be reconsidered in light of these sanctions.
  • The status of Turkish national work permit holders in Russia should be monitored closely, especially when their work permits expire.
  • Any Turkish national intending to enter Russia must obtain an appropriate visa before travel.