Baltic States to Ban Entry for Russians with Schengen Visas

Baltic States have reached an agreement to ban entry for Russian citizens with Schengen visas. The prohibition for Russian citizens with Schengen visas to cross a part of European Union’s external border in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will come to force within the next ten days.

The prohibition will apply to the borders Baltic States share with Russia and Belarus. All three countries have agreed to ban from entering Russian holders of Schengen visas, except in cases of humanitarian reasons, family reasons, lorry drivers and diplomats.

Russian citizens who have Schengen visas will not be able to cross EU’s external border in Baltic States – be it an airport, land or sea border.

“This is also an issue of a moral and political nature, and I think at this point, the Baltic states have reached, in principle – we are finalizing the details – about the policy of restricting entry through the Russian-Latvian, Belarusian-Latvian, Lithuanian-Russian, and [Lithuanian-] Belarusian as well as Estonian-Russian border of Russian citizens,” said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

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