France will continue to issue short-term visas to Russian nationals, but visa fees and visa application review time will be increased, Trend reports citing TASS.
“France will continue to issue short-stay visas to Russians. However, we draw your attention to the fact that the above decision comes into force and the conditions for issuing short-stay visas are changing. The visa fee is increased by €35-€80 for all Visa applications can take up to 45 days to review, so those seeking a visa are recommended to take this into account when planning their travels,” wrote the embassy on its website.
According to the embassy, this decision does not apply to long-term visas.
The European Council decision on the suspension of the simplified visa regime with Russia entered into force on Monday. The European Union violated this agreement, because it considers its suspension only 90 days after the notification of the other party of the decision, which was taken by the European Council on September 9.
Under the EU decision, the short-term Schengen visa fee is increased from 35 to 80 euros, the time for reviewing the visa application is increased to 45 days, the number of documents attached to visa demand is also increased. Other than that, EU countries may deny visas, grant visas only for the duration of a trip, or issue single visas instead of multiple visas. The European Council has also authorized member countries to impose additional restrictions at national level, including the cancellation of valid visas at the border for security reasons.
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