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4.1 IMMIGRATION AND VISA REGULATIONS
According to the law all individuals, vehicles, cargoes, goods and animals are entitled to enter the Russian Federation on presentation of or accompanied by valid entrance documents issued by respective government authorities. Entry visas are usually issued by RF Consulates. Russia has special agreements on visa-free treatment with a number of countries for short time entries. With the exception of some specific cases immigration is the responsibility of the RF Ministry of the Interior. The immigration procedures fully comply with the internationally accepted standards.
4.2 HEALTH AND VACCINATION REGULATIONS
The RF legislation in force does not specify any rules or recommendations as to the health and vaccination of those entering the country for up to three months. Persons planning to stay in the country for more than three months are granted entry visas upon presentation of documents certifying they have tested negative for HIV.
Russia observes World Health Organisation (WHO) standards and recommendations. Russian diplomatic missions abroad continuously monitor the situation regarding dangerous diseases and epidemics. Based on this information and WHO recommendations, Russian healthcare authorities take adequate measures in case of necessity. Prior to the 2012 Olympic Games, the Moscow OCOG will inform persons who plan to arrive in Russia in connection with the Games about all current recommendations and requirements.
4.3 RULE 65 OF THE OLYMPIC CHARTER
The RF Government pledges to abide by Rule 65 of the Olympic Charter. All holders of the Olympic identity and accreditation card will be allowed to enter Russia upon showing their passports or other official travel documents. They will be able to carry out their Olympic function for the duration of the Olympic Games and for the period not exceeding one month before and one month after the Games.
An appropriate guarantee has been obtained.
4.4 TEMPORARY ENTRY OF THE GAMES-RELATED PERSONNEL
The temporary entry into Russia of Games-related personnel is guaranteed by the RF Government with the right to stay and work in the country for at least one year during the run-up to the Games. No special works permits will be needed.
An appropriate guarantee has been obtained.
4.5 WORK PERMITS
The foreign workforce involved in the organisation of the Games does not require special work permits in Russia. The entry and stay of the foreign personnel involved in organising the Games will be facilitated by simplified approval procedures, and the formalisation and issue of the relevant entry documents will occur within 3-4 weeks from submission of the appropriate application.
4.6 SPECIAL IMPORT REGULATION
The import to Russia of special products and equipment required by members of the Olympic Family will not be restricted by any special regulation. In accordance with the RF legislation, special products and equipment such as firearms and ammunition, photographic and audio-visual equipment, medical equipment and products, computer equipment, and foodstuffs will be allowed into the country duty-free.
4.7 IMPORT, USE AND EXPORT OF GOODS REQUIRED FOR THE GAMES
The goods required by the IOC, the IFs, the NOCs and their delegations, the media, the sponsors and suppliers to perform their Gamesrelated obligations will be allowed in and out of the country duty-free.
A respective guarantee from the RF Government has been obtained.
4.8 MEDIA MATERIAL
The RF legislation currently in force does not specify any restrictions concerning the use of media material produced in Russia by duly accredited foreign media and intended principally for broadcast outside the country.
4.9 IMPORTATION OF FOREIGN PRESS
In conformity with the Mass Media Act, RF citizens are guaranteed free access to information and material produced by the foreign media.
The legislation currently in force prohibits using the media with an aim to commit acts punishable by criminal law, to divulge specially protected secret information, to carry out extremist activities, or for promoting pornography, violence and brutality.
There are no other restrictions in terms of titles or quantity emposed on importation into Russia of newspapers, periodicals and other publications.
4.10 ENTRY OF HORSES AND GUIDE DOGS
Horses and guide dogs for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be allowed entry following simplified approval procedures. A special treatment will be applied only to animals from countries and regions infected with certain dangerous contagious diseases of the animals concerned. The necessary clarification on the list of such countries and regions as well as on the respective diseases will be made known well in advance.