The process will be more complicated now, but Hungary will continue to issue Schengen visas to Russians, the foreign minister said.
Hungary will continue to issue Schengen visas to Russian citizens, although the process is becoming more complicated, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday.
In an interview with TASS news agency, Szijjarto explained that the recent suspension of a visa facilitation agreement with Moscow by the EU does not mean a visa ban.
“There was no decision that we should stop issuing Schengen visas to Russians,” says Szijjarto.
The Minister admitted that the absence of a visa facilitation agreement makes the granting of visas “a more complicated and somewhat longer procedure” only when such an agreement existed.
“But if there isn’t, that doesn’t mean we don’t issue visas. Of course, we will continue to issue visas according to procedure,” said the minister.
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Szijjarto’s remarks came the same day his Finnish colleague, Pekka Haavisto, announced an entry ban for Russians holding tourist visas, whether those visas were issued by Finland or any other Schengen country.
The Helsinki decision follows a surge in the flow of Russian citizens to Finland amid an ongoing partial mobilization of reservists in Russia.
In response to Moscow’s military offensive in Ukraine, several EU states have imposed various visa restrictions on Russian citizens, while three Baltic states and Poland have closed their borders to all Russians holding short-term Schengen visas. stay.
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