A compromise has been found. How will Russians get Schengen visas now? 2022

A compromise has been found. How will Russians get Schengen visas now?

The issue of obtaining visas by Russians caused controversy among the foreign ministers of the European Union. What decision did European officials come to at yesterday's meeting in Prague?

It will not completely ban the issuance of visas to Russians yet. Such actions were opposed by France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus, while the Baltic States, Scandinavia, Poland and the Czech Republic were in favor. Nevertheless, the compromise was found — EU would stop issuing of the simplified visas to citizens of Russia. The exact date of abolition of the agreement has not yet been announced.

Where would such measures lead to?

Foremost, the timeframe for issuing visas will increase. No one can predict how long this process will take. Most likely, as stated by the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, the most typical scenario will be a single-entry Schengen, and such a phenomenon as obtaining a five-year visa is likely to sink into oblivion.

Secondly, there will be more paperwork. When applying for a visa, you will need to provide tickets, a bank statement, insurance, and proof of reservation at the place where you are going to live.

Thirdly, you have to pay more. If previously the fee for a short-term Schengen visa was €35, now this service will cost €80.

In short, Russians can still get to Europe, but it will be a more convoluted and expensive way.


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