Russian tourists who require a Schengen visa to enter the Schengen area may have to cancel or change their summer holiday plans if they have not yet completed the paperwork, as there are no vacancies in the waiting list until mid-September. The Schengen visa has become unavailable for travelers from other countries, according to Schengen Visa Info.
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Immediately after EU and Schengen countries decided to relax their covid entry restrictions for the summer, travelers from third countries who required a visa, applied for it and took the vacant seats. Therefore, due to high demand until mid-September, places are unlikely to be massively vacated.
Tourism sector experts reported that there are currently no vacancies in 26 Schengen countries for July and August. Several countries may still have free slots for August. However, the rest do not have vacancies until September. The problem with issuing visas has arisen due to embassies being unable to meet the high demand due to the fixed number of visas they can issue.
With visa procedures closed until mid-September, travel companies note that many travelers from third countries, including Russia, are considering other travel destinations such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Egypt and Turkey. Thus, fewer tourists needing a visa this year may be registered in Europe as they choose other destinations to avoid visa barriers.
In previous months, embassies took too long to process visa applications. However, for most this is no longer the case as they have hired additional staff. In general, visa applications are processed and responded to quickly within 15 business days.
Help: A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a Russian citizen to enter any country Schengen area for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. All persons who are citizens of a country that has not reached a visa liberalization agreement or a similar agreement with the Schengen countries must obtain a visa before traveling to the EU. Depending on the reason for travel, a person can apply for different types of visas.
Those planning to travel to the EU for tourism purposes need to apply for a tourist visa. A tourist visa allows third-country nationals, including Russians, to enter the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days within six months.
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