Russians stopped issuing Schengen visas for a period of more than a year

Tour operators analyzed the practice of issuing “Schengen” by the EU countries after the abolition of the simplified visa regime with Russia. As it turned out, most often tourists from the Russian Federation draw up documents for the duration of the trip. It became impossible to get a multivisa for more than a year, told the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR).

“The visa process has seriously tightened both in terms of terms and in terms of required documents. <...> You can forget about multi-Schengen for 2-3 years, and even more so for 5 years, ”they said.

According to travel companies, an applicant’s good “visa history” no longer influences consulates’ timing decisions, and now it’s like a lottery. However, those who have a very weak position, most likely, will be given a visa only for the period of the trip.

It takes an average of 2.5-3 weeks to get a Schengen visa in Moscow. Currently documents are accepted by Austria, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Slovenia and Switzerland. France and Italy show the greatest loyalty in terms of timing. Austria, Hungary, Greece and Slovenia generally issue single entry visas.

The easiest way to sign up for the submission of documents is to the visa centers of Italy and Hungary. Free slots for French or Spanish Schengen are much more difficult to find. The most stringent requirements are in Germany, Slovenia and Malta. To visit these countries, Russians will need a bank account in the EU and insurance from a European company.

The Council of the EU suspended the visa facilitation agreement with Russia on September 12, after which the visa fee for adults increased from 35 euros to 80 euros, and the application processing time increased to 45 days. In addition, now for registration additional documents may be required.

Due to the war in Ukraine, a number of states, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, have suspended the issuance of tourist visas to Russians. In mid-September, the Baltic countries banned the entry of Russian citizens with valid Schengen visas. Then their example was followed by Finland, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Recently, the Federation Council called for a “mirror response” and demanded that the Foreign Ministry tighten the rules for issuing visas to foreigners. According to Senator Andrei Klishas, ​​the EU visa policy is “proof of discrimination” against Russians and their treatment “as second-class citizens.” “We need to move from words and fruitless regrets in this area to tough responses,” he said. At the same time, President Vladimir Putin in September opposed the “principle of reciprocity” in visa matters.

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