The complete suspension of the visa facilitation agreement with Russia entered into force in the European Union on Monday. This will result in an increase in the visa application fee from EUR 35 to EUR 80, the need to provide additional supporting documents, an extension of the application examination period and a stricter rules for issuing multiple-entry visas.
Agreement on the facilitation of the issuance of visas between the EU and Russia became effective on June 1, 2007. Its purpose was to facilitate the issuance of short-stay visas (visas for stays not exceeding 90 days in a 180-day period) on a reciprocal basis.
On February 24, 2022, the European Council strongly condemned Russia’s military aggression Ukraine and expressed full solidarity with Ukraine and its people. On February 25, the EU adopted further sanctions against Russia and approved a partial suspension of the agreement on the facilitation of issuing visas to diplomats and Russian officials and businessmen.
Visas for Russians. The EU suspends the deal
Later, additional measures were adopted in response to Russia’s actions to support Ukraine and its citizens. At an informal meeting on August 31, EU foreign ministers reached a political agreement to suspend the agreement on the facilitation of the issuance of visas.
The total suspension applies to all categories of people coming to the EU for a short stay. the European Commission to prepare additional guidelines to ensure that this suspension does not harm people traveling to the EU for essential purposes; journalists, dissidents and representatives of civil society, among others.
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