The Twenty-Seven will restrict visas for Russian citizens from Monday

the twenty seven have formally adopted this Friday the decision de suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia which will mean restricting permits for Russian tourists in the European Union from next Monday, which will be more difficult to obtain and will cost 80 euros.

In this way, the EU approves the proposal made by the European Commission this week following the political agreement of the foreign ministerswho discussed this issue in Prague the previous week at the proposal of the Baltic partners and Finland.

In practice, this decision means that from Monday, when the regulation will come into forcethe visa application fee will cost 80 euros, from the current 35 euros, it will be necessary to present more documents, there will be longer processing times and more restrictive rules for the issuance of multiple entry permits.

From the EU they allege that an agreement of this type is maintained with countries with which a relationship of trust is maintained and values ​​are shared, some bridges that Russia has broken with the military invasion of Ukraine.


The option to suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia was the meeting point between EU countries calling for a total ban, such as Finland and the Baltics, and those receiving tourism that claim to be more selective.

That yes, the European Commission has given wide sleeves to the Member States toto impose additional restrictions and deny entry to people they consider to be a risk for your security. Brussels will publish guidance to ensure coordination between member states, although it has already advanced that they will be able to review existing visas.

In this line, the governments of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland announced this Thursday a “temporary” ban on entry to these countries of Russian citizens, including those with visas issued by countries in the Schengen area, from September 19, amid punitive measures against Moscow for the invasion of Ukraine.


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