Russian tourists will now also be less likely to get a visa for the EU, unless they are against the invasion of Ukraine

Russian tourists will now also be less likely to get a visa for the EU, unless they are against the invasion of Ukraine
Russian tourists will now also be less likely to get a visa for the EU, unless they are against the invasion of Ukraine

Shortly after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February, the European Union had already imposed restrictions on some Russian government officials and businessmen, making it difficult or impossible for them to travel to the European Union. Now it will also become more difficult for ordinary tourists to come to one or more Member States. The European Union has now completely suspended an agreement with Russia on relaxed conditions for granting a visa.

“This means that the number of new visas that Member States issue will decrease significantly. The process will become more difficult and take longer,” said EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Spaniard Josep Borrell. The fixed price of 35 euros for processing a visa application and the commitment to make a decision within 10 calendar days of the application will expire.

The number of Russian tourists had already fallen sharply in any case, due to the flight ban from Russia to the European Union. But crossing a national border by car or bus was still possible. In recent months, many Russians have tried to travel via Finland to, for example, Spain or Greece.

Since mid-July, there has been a significant increase in border crossings from Russia to neighboring European countries. “This has become a security risk for these countries,” Borrell noted. “In addition, we see many Russians traveling for leisure and shopping, as if there was no war in Ukraine. Member States felt that it was not business as usual could be.”

The article is in Dutch

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