Foreigners in Russia can freely expand visas terms and residence permits as Moscow loosened requirements amid coronavirus fears, the Russian Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

If a visa or a residence permit has expired, it will be renewed without any penalties, it said in a statement

“In order to ensure the implementation of the rights and freedoms of citizens, as well as taking into account the situation associated with the spread of a new coronavirus infection, starting from March 19, 2020, foreign citizens can extend their temporary stay on the territory of the Russian Federation,” it said.

Applicants can

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