Estonia Announces Ban On Russians With Estonian-Issued Schengen Visas From Entering The Country

Estonia announced an official ban on Russians with Estonian-issued Schengen visas entering the country, on Thursday, August 11. The Estonian Prime Minister has also demanded that Europe stops issuing visas to all Russian tourists.

Estonia officially banned Russians with Estonian-issued Schengen visas from entering the country
Estonia officially banned Russians with Estonian-issued Schengen visas from entering the country

Estonia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Urmas Reinsalu discussed the ban on Russians with Estonian-issued Schengen visas entering the country at the government's weekly press conference, he said: "This sanction means that the visas will remain valid, but the visa holders will be sanctioned when entering Estonia, they will not be allowed to enter Estonia.


"We agreed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior will prepare their possible proposals for next week regarding the question of how it would be possible to close the Estonian border to those citizens of the Russian Federation who have Schengen visas that have not been issued in Estonia." The new rule will not affect permanent residents and is set to come into full effect on August 18.



Russian citizens with visas issued by other EU countries will not be affected by the new sanctions, and permanent residents of Estonia will also be unaffected. Employees directly involved in the transportation of goods and passengers, and those who have the right to freedom of movement under EU law, as well as those visiting close relatives are all to be considered exceptions to the rule. Estonia is now campaigning for all other EU countries to follow their lead and implement the same ban.


This latest announcement comes after the Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas, demanded that Europe stopped issuing tourist visas to Russians, on August 9.


The Estonian Prime Minister said on Twitter: "Stop issuing tourist visas to Russians. Visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right. Air travel from RU is shut down. It means while Schengen countries issue visas, neighbours to Russia carry the burden. Time to end tourism from Russia now."


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