Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipovsky, while in Prague, said that the country will impose a ban on the entry of Russian tourists on 25 October. According to the minister, the ban will apply to all Russians who have a tourist visa, regardless of the country of issue.
This means that not only Russians who were issued a Schengen visa by the Czech authorities, but also those who applied for a visa the consulates of other Schengen-associated countries will not be allowed to enter the Czech Republic.
It is emphasized that we are talking specifically about tourist visas, that is, for example, business visa holders have problems with entering the Czech Republic should not be.
Recall that a number of other countries have already made a similar decision in September. Four EU states bordering Russia, — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland — closed their borders to tourists from Russia on September 19.
The foreign ministers of these four countries said the decision to ban Russians was taken “on the general grounds of protecting internal security, public policy and the overall security of the Schengen zones". On top of that, they urged other countries to also tighten their entry rules for Russians.
It was previously reported that the EU plans not to accept Russian foreign passports “issued in Ukraine and Georgia.” The Council of the European Union reported that EU ambassadors have already agreed to include this issue on the agenda in negotiations with the European Parliament.