Europe, which are more expensive – this will happen if the countries of “land entry” still close the entry for our citizens. We are talking about the Baltic countries, as well as Finland and Poland, which consistently advocate that “Russian tourists should not be in the EU.” It is also possible that “non-tourist” visas will remain, which were also tested for covid.
As stated in RBC, if Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Finland close the entry for Russians – holders of Schengen tourist visas, then land exit from Russia will in fact be blocked. Only Norway will remain, the route through which is much less convenient. However, if the entry ban remains an exclusively local initiative, which is not supported by the EU as a whole, then Russian tourists will be able to get to Europe with a transfer. Among the countries used for air transit are Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Armenia and Qatar; as well as Serbia, where Russian tourists have visa-free entry, and then the route to Europe can be carried out by land. But in any case, tourists will have to say goodbye to cheap tickets from European low-cost airlines.
Experts also note that so far Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Greece have not succumbed to hysteria and are issuing visas as usual. True, high demand and a small number of free slots lead to the fact that the registration is closed until September. Since September, Finland has promised to reduce the volume of visas issued, while Norway has significantly increased the processing time for visa applications due to technical problems. Slowly visas are issued by Slovakia and Slovenia, the latter – only if you have air tickets to the country. Completely closed the issuance of tourist visas Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, the Netherlands, Malta, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
Experts also note that if the idea of a pan-European ban on tourist visas for Russians in the EU is nevertheless adopted, and the existing ones are canceled, a number of short-term visas of the category C – among the reasons for their extradition, first of all, treatment, as well as visiting close relatives (both Russians living in Europe and EU citizens), participation in cultural, educational and sports events, and journalistic activities. Also, the EU does not plan to stop issuing category D visas for work, study, reunification with relatives and humanitarian visas, which are granted for political reasons. Diplomats and members of their families will also continue to receive visas.
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