Estonia to bar Russians from visiting country, FM Reinsalu says

8 September, 05:15 PM
The restriction applies regardless of which country issued the Schengen visa (Photo:Arvo Soosalu/flickr.com)

The restriction applies regardless of which country issued the Schengen visa (Photo:Arvo Soosalu/flickr.com)

Estonia will ban Russian citizens from entering the country starting on Sept. 19, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said during a press conference on Sept. 8.

“From midnight on Sept. 19, there will be a ban on Russian citizens crossing (into Estonia), regardless which country issued their Schengen visa,” said Reinsalu.

The minister added that other Baltic countries would follow suit.

“Don’t come to Estonia on Schengen visas; you are not welcome here!” Reinsalu said, addressing Russians directly.

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The ban only covers tourist visas, meaning that Russians will still be able to visit their family members in Estonia – or enter the country for other humanitarian reasons.

Several EU members have previously limited tourist visa issuance to Russian citizens, pointing out that “visiting Europe is a privilege, not a right.

Meanwhile, Germany, France, and Cyprus remain opposed to barring Russians from entry.

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