Ireland excludes Russia and Belarus from its visa waiver scheme

Ireland has excluded Russia and Belarus from its visa waiver scheme

Rules enforced formerly by the Government of Ireland, allow third-country nationals who have entered the UK on UK short stay visas to travel to Ireland without the need for an Irish visa. Thus, in accordance with the new changes, travelers from Russia and Belarus will no longer be allowed to enter Ireland without a valid Irish visa, which must be issued separately from the Schengen and British visas.

Irish Minister of Justice Helen Mackenty confirmed the information: ” ;I have now signed the Legislative Act to remove Russia and Belarus from the list of countries that can benefit from the Short Stay Visa Waiver Program.

Furthermore, Minister McEntee noted that Ireland is not required to comply with the Schengen rules. because it is not a member state of the Schengen area. However, the Irish authorities will not recognize Russian passports that were issued in the “annexed territories”.

Similar to Ireland, a number of other countries have also tightened entry rules for Russian citizens, and some have completely closed their borders.

As of the end of October, the list of countries to which Russian citizens are no longer allowed to enter includes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland and the Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic was the last to close its borders for Russian travelers. The authorities of the Czech Republic have announced that from October 25, Russians will not be allowed to enter the country for tourism, sports or cultural purposes.

The ban was approved by the government of the Czech Republic at the suggestion of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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