The Baltic states and Poland will start turning away Russian tourists from midnight on Monday, a move to tighten sanctions in response to Ukraine’s invasion.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania signed an agreement with Poland earlier this month to limit the issuance of Schengen zone visas because of “a serious threat” to security posed by the influx of Russians.
schengen area Contains 26 mostly EU countries which allow unrestricted movement within their borders.
The travel ban means Russian citizens will be unable to enter four of the five EU countries that share a land border with Russia. Fifth, Finland has decided to remain open to visa holders, but has reduced the number of consular appointments Available for those who wish to travel to Europe.
Exemptions from the new ban will be for Russian dissidents, journalists, truck drivers, refugees as well as residents of EU countries and those visiting family members in Europe.
The rule also does not apply to humanitarian matters, family members, holders of EU residency permits, diplomatic missions and other “legitimate exceptions”.
In a joint statement published on 8 September, the prime ministers of the four countries said that “travel to the EU is a privilege, not a human right.”
“Among Russian citizens entering the EU/Schengen area, there are those who come with the aim of undermining the security of our countries, as far as three-quarters of Russian citizens are in Ukraine,” the statement said. Support the war of aggression,” the statement said.
“Latvia, Poland, Lithuania and Estonia have agreed that measures are adopted to protect public policy and internal security, as well as ensure the overall security of our shared Schengen Area,” the statement said.
Commenting earlier on the EU’s decision to suspend the visa agreement with Moscow made it harder for Russian citizens to obtain Schengen visas, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “ridiculous” and also for Europeans Will make life more complicated.