Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu announced that Russian citizens who obtained a Schengen visa through Estonia will be banned from entering the country as of August 18 and stated that the visa in question will continue to be valid in other European Union (EU) countries.
Due To Russia ‘s attacks on Ukraine, sanctions against Russian citizens came from Estonia . Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu made a statement at the government’s weekly press conference, announcing that Russian citizens who obtained a Schengen visa through Estonia will be banned from entering the country as of August 18, “This sanction means that visas will remain valid, but Visa holders will be sanctioned when entering Estonia. It means they won’t be allowed to enter either,” he said. Reinsalu stated that the Schengen visa obtained through Estonia will continue to be valid in other European Union (EU) countries.
Reinsalu stated that the said sanction will not affect Russian citizens whose homeland is Estonia or who are permanent residents in Estonia. He stated that those who are in the country, people who visit their close relatives and people who request entry to the country for humanitarian reasons will be exempted.
The sanction decision does not concern Russian citizens with visas issued by other EU members. While Estonia is expected to raise this issue in the EU, it is known that Estonia is also planning to work to ban Russian citizens who have a Schengen visa from another EU country from entering Estonia.
RUSSIAN STUDENTS CAN EXTEND THEIR VISA An
additional exception has been introduced for Russian students studying in Estonia who can extend their residence permit for one year. Students will be able to extend their visa for one year.
Interior Minister Lauri Laanemets stated that Russian students who could not complete their education in the nominal time were put in a difficult situation due to the sanctions imposed in the spring, “For many, given the current situation, if they supported Ukraine, criticized the Russian regime and aggression, it would be dangerous for them to return home. “People get jailed for doing this, so as an exception it was necessary to extend the residence permit of these students by one year so they could complete their education,” he said.