- Russia suspended simplified procedures for the issuance of visas to nationals of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and the United States on April 4, 2022
On April 4, 2022, the government of Russia implemented measures to restrict the issuance of visas to select citizens and countries. Under the decree, simplified visa issuance procedures with the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and the United States have also been suspended. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also granted permission to implement restrictions on issuing visas to foreign nationals and stateless persons.
In addition, one-year visas for official delegations and journalists and five-year visas for members of the national and regional governments, parliaments, and courts have been canceled.
What are the Changes?
The government of Russia suspended simplified visa issuance procedures in multiple countries across the globe. According to the government, suspensions will apply to nations and citizens that Russia has deemed “unfriendly” due to the crisis response in Ukraine. Business travelers and those seeking visas will still be able to apply for a visa to enter Russia, but not under simplified procedures and at the discretion of Russian officials.
The government is expected to release additional information clarifying how the decree will go into effect. Continue to check the government of Russia’s website for the latest updates and news.
Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: The Official Internet Portal of Legal Information for the Russian Federation