The Czech Republic will propose to cancel the simplified visa regime between the European Union, Russia and Belarus, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said that the government of the country will propose to cancel the simplified visa regime that operates between the European Union, Russia and Belarus.
His words are reported by Bloomberg.
As Lipavsky explained, such a measure will allow Russians and Belarusians to continue to apply for short-term entry. However, the process will take longer, more documents will also be required, and costs will increase from 35 to 80 euros.
The publication notes that such a decision is a compromise aimed at mitigating differences in the EU on visa restrictions for Russian citizens.
Earlier, French MEP and ex-Minister of Transport of the Fifth Republic Thierry Mariani, speaking about a possible ban on the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians, said that the European Union (EU) is launching a “competition for the worst idea against Russia.”
After the start of Russia’s special operation in Ukraine in February 2022, European countries began to demand to restrict the issuance of visas to Russian citizens. The situation escalated in July when Moscow lifted a ban on tourists crossing the land border and travelers poured into popular resorts in Europe through Estonia and Finland. After that, the politicians of Poland and the Baltic states began to actively promote the idea of restricting travel to Europe for Russians.