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EU – Suspension of visa agreement with Russia

Since 12.09.2022 the EU has suspended the visa agreement with Russia for an indefinite period. Thus, Russian citizens no longer benefit from the facilitated visa issuance for travel to the Schengen area.

This refers in particular to the so-called C visa (Schengen visa) for tourist and business purposes. In the application procedure of the national visa (D visa), the applications are also evaluated more strictly. This agreement has been concluded with a limited number of countries. Germany, for example, is one of them.

The following changes now apply:

  • Increase in visa application fee from 35 EUR to 80 EUR (Schengen visa price).
  • Extension of the processing time
  • Additional documents and forms must be submitted with a visa application
  • Issuance for multiple entry will be limited

Exceptions could apply to the following groups of people:

  • Family members of EU citizens
  • journalists
  • dissidents
  • representatives of civil society

Each Schengen country will be given discretionary powers to examine applications. Strict evaluation will allow for denial of visas or revocation of existing valid visas. Furthermore, each country will be able to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the groups of persons listed above will be considered as exceptions.

 

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