Finnish Foreign Ministry allowed the EU to ban the issuance of tourist visas to Russians

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto admitted that the European Union will introduce a complete ban on the issuance of tourist visas to Russian citizens. He stated this on September 14 to Helsingin Sanomat.
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“If the EU decides to completely ban tourist visas – which I think is quite possible – the EU countries, as well as Finland, should have a different type of visa in their back pocket, for example, for critical journalists, civil activists or opposition representatives. The Baltic countries, among others, have adopted such ones,” the head of the Foreign Ministry said.

He noted that Finland is ready to introduce restrictions if such a decision is approved at the level of the entire European Union.

The day before, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin expressed outrage at the fact that Russian tourists continue to come to the country. She stated that the suspension of the visa facilitation agreement between the EU and Russia is not enough.

On September 12, the Finnish Foreign Ministry stated that they see no legal grounds for stopping the issuance of visas to Russian citizens. At the same time, they can no longer take advantage of the paperwork.

Also on that day, it became known that tour operators stopped issuing Schengen visas to Russians in several countries, including Finland and Greece, against the background of the abolition of a simplified visa regime with the EU countries. From now on, they only provide tourists with support in this matter.

Since September 12, the visa facilitation agreement between the European Union and Russia has been suspended, the new visa regime provides for the possibility of issuing a visa to a Russian citizen to visit a specific EU country without access to the Schengen area. As Yury Barzykin, vice-president of the Russian Union of Travel Industry (PCT), explained, now it will be much more difficult, longer and more expensive to get a Schengen visa.

Reacting to this, the deputy head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Grushko, said that Russia would not rush to respond to visa restrictions for Russians from the EU.

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