A cheap opportunity to get to Old Europe through the “land” border has been completely closed for Russian tourists since Thursday: since August 18, the Estonian authorities have closed the border for tourists from Russia – at least with Schengen visas issued by Estonian consular offices.
Recall that Russian tourists, as soon as ground restrictions were lifted on July 15, quickly “realized” a relatively inexpensive — especially compared to air travel — opportunity to get to Europe by bus to Tallinn and then by European low-cost airlines. However, the situation angered Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, who said that it was time to end tourism from Russia and called on all EU member states to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians, since “visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right.”
< p>“Stop issuing tourist visas to Russians. Visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right. Air travel from Russia is closed. This means that while the Schengen countries issue visas, Russia's neighbors bear the burden (Finland, Estonia, Latvia are the only access points). It's time to end tourism from Russia,” Kallas wrote on her social media page. And, as the Estonians had warned, since August 18, the country has been closed. Exceptions are made only for employees of Russian diplomatic missions in Estonia and their family members, for close relatives of Estonian citizens and holders of a permanent residence permit in the republic, as well as for a number of other categories of persons.
By the way, Turkey has already warned Russian tourists – problems with the issuance of Schengen visas can become a “money trap”. Read the details here.
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