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Entering EU

Last edited: April 5, 2022 1:22 PM

To enter an EU country you need a visa. Without it you can not:

  • cross the border with EU country
  • you will not be let into the plane at the airport

Does Czech republic issue any visas for russians citizens? (edit)

🚫 Yes, but it is severely restricted. Czech republic no longer accepts visa and permit requests on its embassies abroad. The only two exceptions are:

  1. Request for short term visa given on behalf of a family relative who is a citizen of Czech republic or other EU country
  2. visa that is granted for the reasons that politically benefit Czech republic; this request is granted personally by the Minister of Foreign affairs

The only place in Russia that issues those requests at the moment is the Czech embassy in Moscow.

The Schengen visas for russian citizens are currently not issued for Russian citizens. You need to request the Schengen visa some other EU state than Czech republic.

Which visas can I get from some other country?

The easiest one is the Schengen visa (see below).

You might be aplicable for some other types of special visas - such as repatriation to Germany or Izrael, startup visa in Portugal, etc. But as those are rare and connected to special circumstances, you probably already know if you are.

Which EU countries still provide Schengen visas to russian citizens?

Most of the EU countries still provide Schengen visas to Russians, it seems.

Only those countries stopped issuing visas to Russian as a sanction:

  • 🚫 Lithuania
  • 🚫 Latvia
  • 🚫 Czech republic.

This list may grow however.

Some countries may have also stopped issuing the Schengen visa for Russian citizens due to the COVID reasons.

We recommend those options:

  • ✅ Estonia,
  • ✅ Hungary.

From March 9th Greece should also be an option.

Don't forget to verify the current situation with the country you want to request the visa from. Usually they would be able tell you at the infoline of the embassy (during the office hours).

Can a person with Schengen visa move freely in the EU?

Yes. If a person has a Schengen visa issued by another Schengen state, they can automatically travel with it to all Schengen states.

However, even with a Schengen visa, a person may be refused entry into the territory of a Schengen state - eg. if they have already used up the number of days allowed to stay in the Schengen territory on the basis of an issued visa or if the relevant state registers them as a person to be refused entry for security, public order or public health reasons.

How do I ask for Schengen visa?

General information:

Prices of visas: (the official price was 35EUR for a russian citizen - this may have changed)

You may need to provide:

Can I stay in Czech Republic for 90 days if I have Schengen visa?

In general, a Schengen visa entitles a foreigner to stay in the territory of the Schengen States for the period indicated in it, for a maximum of 90 days

However, Prime Minister Petr Fiala announced that he had ordered the revision of the residence permits of Russian citizens in the Czech Republic, which may also affect persons who already have a Schengen visa.

Practical information

  1. Leaving Russia

    • What if I am detained?
    • What documents do I need to leave Russia?
    • What if I don't have an international passport?
    • How to get a Visa with which I will be let into EU?
  2. Entering EU

  3. Stay in Czech republic

    • Did Czech republic stop issuing visa for russian citizens?
    • What are the other options?
    • Permanent residence permit for humanitarian reasons
    • Humanitarian asylum
    • I have a family connection to Ukraine - does it help?
    • Illegal stay
    • Who can I contact for help with the visa request?
    • Is it easier to stay in other EU countries?