The authorities of the popular Czech Republic completely closed the border for Russian citizens entering the country on tourist visas. The decision came into effect on Tuesday, October 25. The Czech newspaper Novinky wrote about this, citing a statement by Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky.
From October 25, Russian citizens will not be allowed to enter the Czech Republic on Schengen tourist visas issued by any EU country, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky told Novinky. The fundamental decision to ban the flow of Russian tourists became known during a briefing with journalists. “We (the government) are introducing measures regarding citizens of the Russian Federation who have received short-term Schengen visas for the purposes of tourism, culture and sports. They will be banned from entering the Czech Republic. First of all, this concerns Russian citizens who arrive through the Prague airport. We cannot turn a blind eye to the situation when the Russian regime is bombing civilian targets,” the official said.
At the same time, Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan confirmed that all members of the government agreed with this decision. “This is a measure that expresses the clear position of the Czech Republic,” he said.
Recall that in September Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia banned entry to Russians traveling on tourist visas. The restrictions apply only to the external border of the EU, so these countries can still be entered from neighboring EU countries. Later, on September 30, Finland joined the countries imposing restrictions on the movement of Russian travelers by imposing a ban on the entry of Russians whose purpose is tourism, recreation and transit. Citizens of the Russian Federation who cross the border for humanitarian reasons, as well as for some other reasons, for example, for the purpose of studying, working or visiting relatives, can still enter the listed European states.
Earlier, Turprom wrote that “The popular archipelago was torn apart relations with Russian tourism: tourists from the Russian Federation are no longer served.
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