Even though the Commission of the European Union has adopted the decision to completely suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia, several EU countries have decided to take additional measures and stop issuing visas to Russian citizens. .
The list of EU countries that have banned Russians and decided not to issue them Schengen visas includes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belgium and -Bas, among others, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
The four EU countries bordering Russia – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland – recently agreed to stop issuing Schengen visas to Russian citizens and ban them from entering the country from of September 19, 2022.
The aforementioned countries welcomed the EU’s decision to suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia. However, they insisted on the need to apply additional and stricter measures and therefore decided to introduce an entry ban and to stop issuing visas to them from September 19.
“Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have agreed on a common regional approach and hereby express their political will and firm intention to introduce temporary national measures for Russian citizens holding visas the EU in order to address imminent threats to public order and security and to restrict entry into the Schengen area for Russian citizens traveling for tourism, cultural, sporting and professional purposes”, reads the joint declaration of these countries.
Arguing for their decision, the foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland said that the measures were adopted on the common basis of protecting internal security, public order and overall security of the Schengen area.
The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Belgium have also stopped issuing visas to Russian citizens. Czechia was one of the first countries to do so. On the other hand, Slovakia and Belgium have recently decided to no longer issue Schengen visas to Russians.
Like the countries mentioned above, the Netherlands no longer issues visas to Russians. The Dutch government decided not to issue visas to Russian citizens in April after the government declared Dutch consular staff at the Moscow embassy persona non grata.
“Since April 27, 2022, you can no longer apply for a Schengen visa. Following the decision of the Russian authorities to declare the Dutch consular staff of the embassy in Moscow persona non grata, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs unfortunately had to suspend the regular granting of Schengen visas. reads the statement of the Dutch government.
Other countries have already decided to suspend only the visa facilitation agreement, while others have not yet made an official statement on this.
Denmark and France are just some of the countries that have suspended the visa facilitation agreement with Russia.