Several German embassies see an increase in the number of Russians applying for visas


BERLIN, Sept 30 (Reuters) – German embassies in Russia’s neighboring countries have seen an increase in visa applications from Russian citizens since the start of partial mobilization for war in Ukraine in their home country, a German Foreign Ministry source said on Friday.

“We can confirm a sharp increase in the number of inquiries sent to our foreign missions in the region, including via email and telephone,” the source told Reuters.

In some cases, people went in person to embassies.

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Der Spiegel news magazine previously reported that German missions in Yerevan, Astana, Tbilisi, Baku and Minsk had registered thousands of requests for permits to enter Germany since President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial mobilization on 21 september.

An exact figure was not given as it had become impossible to process applications within the time allowed, the report said, adding that appointments for hearings are no longer assigned.

The ministry is reportedly considering increasing its staff in the five cities.

The source said it was a standard protocol in response to increased workload.

The German embassy in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, has registered more than 300 visa applications from Russian citizens since the start of the partial mobilization in the middle of this week, increasing from 10 to 20 such applications per month during months, according to Spiegel.

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Reporting by Rachel More Editing by Riham Alkousaa and Toby Chopra

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