| 29 February 2024, Thursday |

Russians banned from travel to hand over passports within five days

A government directive that takes effect on Monday mandates that Russians who have been prohibited from traveling outside turn in their passports to authorities within five days after being informed of the prohibition.

The Russian legislation permits authorities to prohibit individuals from traveling who are conscripted, FSB employees, convicted felons, or who possess state secrets or “information of special importance,” among other categories.

The returned passport will be stored by the authorities that issued it, such as the interior ministry or the foreign ministry authorities.

After the travel ban is lifted, the passport could be returned upon completing an application, according to the government decree.

Those whose right to travel was temporarily limited on the basis of conscription for military or alternative civilian service will have to additionally provide a military ID with a proof that they completed service, the resolution says.

  • Reuters