Hungary to continue issuing visas to Russians, FM Szijjarto says

24 September 2022, 12:10 PM
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The Hungarian government has no plans to restrict tourist visa issuance to Russian citizens, Russian state news agency TASS reported on Sept. 23, citing Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

According to the minister, there is a clear procedure that governs the issue of tourist visas even when there is no agreement for a simplified process.

“It’s a somewhat more complex and slow procedure, compared to when there is such a treaty,” Szijjarto said in New York, attending the UN General Assembly.

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“But even when there’s no agreement, it doesn’t mean we don’t issue visas. Of course, we will continue doing so, in accordance with the procedure.”

The minister added this includes Schengen visas, as well.

“There was no decision to stop issuing Russians with Schengen visas,” said Szijjarto.

The EU agreed on July 31 to suspend the agreement with Russia which simplified visa issuance to Russian citizens.

Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania later announced a set of measures to restrict Russian tourists from entry, eventually joined by Finland. Germany and France remain opposed to a blanket ban on Russian tourists entering the EU.

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