Iran’s embassy advises students to leave Russia

Tasnim – The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Embassy in Moscow advised Iranian university students in Russia to return home over concerns about the outbreak of the coronavirus.

“Given the outbreak of the coronavirus in Russia and the concerns about the possibility of outbreak of the disease in university dormitories and with reference to the previous proclamations, we’d advise dear Iranian students to give priority to protecting their health and return to Iran until the end of the epidemic and improvement of the situation,” the Iranian Embassy said in an advisory.

The Embassy also noted that efforts have been made to operate one or two one-way flights every week from Moscow to Tehran to return Iranian nationals.

The advisory also reminds the Iranian citizens that any decision to reopen the Russian borders and allow foreigners to enter Russia again will be within the purview of authorities in Moscow.

Earlier this month, the Office of Scientific Consultation and Administration of Iranian Students in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Central Asia advised Iranian university students in Russia to return to Iran amid the pandemic and proceed with their education via distance learning.

The advisory had pointed to a bleak prospect for the settlement of coronavirus issues in Russia in the short term, saying such conditions could even continue into the next semester.