Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they could only enter Russia under employment contracts.
Foreign athletes, coaches and physical fitness specialists can enter Russia once again under working or humanitarian visas. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed the relevant directive. The decision will facilitate crossing the border for those involved in international competitions, including members of professional sport leagues.
From March 2020, foreign athletes were unable to enter Russia because of the coronavirus pandemic. In May 2020, restrictions were lifted for those who had signed employment contracts with Russian organisations. From now on, in order to enter Russia, athletes only need to present ID, plus a visa showing the purpose of the trip.
The directive also lifts restrictions on the transfer of foreign athletes via vehicle, railway and other checkpoints.