Czech Republic to impose entry ban on Russian tourists on October 25
The authorities of the Czech Republic have announced that from the end of this month, the country will start applying stricter entry rules for Russian citizens.
Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipovsky said in Prague that the country would introduce an entry ban for Russian tourists on October 25. SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to Minister Lipovsky, the ban will apply to all Russians holding a tourist visa, regardless of the issuing country.
This means that not only Russians who have been granted a Schengen visa by the Czech authorities, but also those who have been granted a visa by other Schengen associated countries will not be allowed to enter the Czech Republic.
Announcing the news, Minister Lipovsky said the ruthless shelling of civilians in Ukraine could not be ignored, suggesting the ban was necessary, says Radio Free Europe.
While it took Czechia longer to ban entry to all tourists from Russia, several other countries have already taken such a decision earlier in September.
The four EU states that border Russia – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland banned Russian tourists from entering their territory on September 19.
The foreign ministers of these four countries said that the decision to introduce an entry ban for Russians was taken on the common basis of protecting internal security, public order and overall security. of the Schengen area. In addition to taking such measures, they also called on other countries to tighten their entry rules for Russians as well.
Moreover, Prime Minister Kariņš told the Guardian that he does not support the idea that allowing Russians fleeing mobilization to enter the EU would weaken the Kremlin’s armed forces.
The Council of the European Union said that the ambassadors to the EU have agreed on a mandate to negotiate with the European Parliament on a decision on the refusal of Russian travel documents issued in the two aforementioned countries.
Such a decision was taken in response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and follows Russia’s unilateral decision to recognize the independence of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008.