Russia may enter mandatory QR codes to visit public places and travel by transport

Russia may enter mandatory QR codes to visit public places and travel by transport

Sarah Jessica Parker

The Russian government has developed two bills on the introduction of mandatory QR codes confirming immunity to coronavirus for visiting public places such as cafes, restaurants and shops, mass events and travel by transport. The metro and city buses will be allowed without a code, but on international and intercity flights it will have to be presented. The headquarters has already confirmed the information on the bills.

The epidemiological situation in the country continues to be extremely difficult, hospitals are still overcrowded, mortality is off the charts (over the past day, 1,237 people died from coronavirus in Russia), and the authorities' calls for vaccinations are not working well. Moreover, neither the whip method works (for example, social cards were blocked for pensioners), nor the carrot (the drawing of prizes among those vaccinated was extended until the end of the year).

Russia may enter mandatory QR codes to visit public places and travel by transport

Now the authorities have taken emergency measures. The QR code will have to contain information about vaccination, past COVID-19 infection or about a medical withdrawal from vaccination with a negative PCR test result.

It is not yet known when the QR codes will become effective – the bills are only being prepared to be submitted to the State Duma for consideration. But the measure, according to sources, will be in effect until the end of June next year.

The system of passes with QR codes for visiting public places already operates in some European countries, in the USA and China, and everywhere it causes a lot of indignation among anti-vaccine users. Obviously, most Russians will not be delighted with it either.

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