European Union: Suspension of Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia

September 26, 2022 Jessie Butchley

This article was originally published on 9 September 2022 and was updated on 26 September 2022 to reflect new information. 

Poland 

The government of Poland introduced new entry restrictions for Russian nationals on 26 September 2022. As a result, the government of Poland will only permit entry of Russian nationals for the following purposes: 

  • Russian nationals arriving to participate in athletic events, members of training staff, doctors, physiotherapists, and accredited journalists.  
  • Russian nationals traveling for business purposes. These travelers must hold a written invitation indicating the business purpose for entry issued by an entity entered into the National Court Register or the Central Register and Information on Business Activity in Poland.  
  • Russian nationals holding a valid work permit in Poland, holding a Poland Business Harbour visa, or who are students at a higher education institution in Poland. 

Russian nationals seeking entrance into Poland for other purposes must request special permissions from the Commander-in-Chief of the Border Guard.  

Hungary 

The government of Hungary stated that the country will continue to issue visas to Russian nationals. According to the government announcement, the country will continue to issue Schengen visas, including multiple-entry visas, to Russian nationals.  


This article was originally published on 9 September 2022 and was updated on 20 September 2022 to reflect new information. 

Denmark  

The government of Denmark announced that it will implement the European Union’s (EU) decision to suspend the visa facilitation agreement between the EU and Russia. As a result, applications for short-term visas will be processed in accordance with the regular applicable visa rules. The applicants are also required to submit additional documents with the application. For additional information on the suspension and processing of short-term visa applications, check here.  

Estonia 

The government of Estonia, in coordination with Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland will suspend the entry of Russian tourists through external borders.  

Latvia  

The government of Latvia will allow for limited entry into the country for Russian citizens. In addition, visa applications lodged by Russian citizens will only be accepted for exceptional cases effective 19 September 2022. Exceptional cases will include applications submitted by family members (spouses, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and other dependent persons) of a national of Latvia or those seeking entrance for humanitarian matters.  


Key Points   

  •  The European Council announced the full suspension of the Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia on 9 September 2022   

Overview   

The government of the European Council announced the full suspension of the European Union’s (EU) Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia. As a result, Russian citizens will no longer be granted privileged access to the European Union, including access to reduced processing times for immigration documents. Additionally, more restrictive rules for the issuance of multiple-entry visas will be put into place and member states of the EU will have the ability to add additional measures for applications. Visa application fees will also increase from €35 to €80.    

What are the Changes?   

The European Council announced the full suspension of its Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia. According to the update, the suspension is in response to increased risks and threats to the EU’s security interests and the national security of EU member states.  

Looking Ahead   

Continue to check the government of the European Council’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.   


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Jessie is Envoy's Global Immigration Writer.

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