Visa “windows” for Russians | odessa-journal.com


Judging by what is happening in Crimea, the Russians will soon lose the desire to go there. However, Europe has already become partially inaccessible, and this is only the beginning. We remind you how the European Union closes for the Russians and where there are still reports of “windows” “We can explain”.

Latvia has not issued tourist visas to Russians since the first day of the war. You can only go there for the funeral of a loved one. President Egil Levits said authorities should review visas and residence permits already issued to foreigners who support the war. Today, the ruling coalition agreed that residence permits issued to Russians will only be extended in rare cases, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said.

Lithuania does not let anyone in except family members of EU citizens or persons assimilated to them.

From August 18, Estonia closes its borders to Russians who previously received Schengen visas from that country.

The Czech Republic extended the ban on visas and residence permits for citizens of Russia and Belarus until April 2023. An exception will be made for travel for humanitarian purposes and to visit family members who are citizens of the European Union.

Finland does not plan to close the country to Russians, but the authorities have found a way to reduce the influx of tourists. To receive documents for a tourist visa, there will be one working day – Monday. It is assumed that the Finnish authorities will issue half as many “Schengen” as before.

Belgium only issues student visas, research visas and single-entry work visas.

Denmark has so far only allowed the introduction of restrictions on issuing visas to Russians

Malta is only open to family members of EU and European Economic Area citizens. You can try to obtain a student or work visa, but not the fact that you will be granted it.

The Netherlands stopped issuing short-term visas to Russians in April. However, for humanitarian reasons, they may be allowed to enter the country.

Slovakia issues visas only when absolutely necessary, as well as for certain types of work.

Poland is about to be added to the list of countries where they do not want to see Russian tourists and Russians in general. The country’s authorities are “working on a concept that will allow Russian citizens to be denied visas,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Bulgaria, contrary to current events, continue to issue tourist visas for Russians and visas for owners, but the deadlines for obtaining them have increased for “technical reasons”. Bulgaria is not included in the Schengen zone, and the visa of this country gives the right to visit only Bulgaria, however, with the “Schengen” from any other country, you can also visit Bulgaria.

Norway. There is no official ban, but the deadline for reviewing documents has been extended to 45 days.

On August 31, a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Prague is scheduled to discuss the issue of visas for Russians. So far, visa applications continue to be processed by the consulates of Spain, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Norway, Portugal, Finland, Switzerland, France and of Italy.


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