More complicated and expensive. The European Commission discussed visas for Russians

If the member states confirm this step, visas will cost Russians 80 euros (1,950 crowns) instead of the current 35 euros, and they will have to wait 15 days instead of ten.

“Russia continues to violate international law with its illegal military actions, commit atrocities against Ukrainians, and undermine European and global stability and security. These actions violate the fundamental principles on which the Visa Facilitation Agreement was founded,” said European Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson.

The Czechia has issued over 424,000 temporary protection visas since the beginning of the war in Ukraine


In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the EU previously suspended the part of this 2007 visa agreement that covered government officials and businessmen. Now the commission has proposed making it more difficult to issue visas for ordinary tourist traffic. Foreign ministers called for this step at an informal meeting in Prague last Wednesday.

Some countries such as Poland, the Baltic states or the Czechia proposed to suspend the issuing of visas to Russian tourists across the board, but this was unacceptable for many other countries.

For the commission’s proposal to enter into force, it must be approved by member states, which could happen within the next few days, according to EU officials.

The article is in Czech


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