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Long-term Slovak visas attract mainly Russians and Ukrainians

Slovakia introduced five-year Schengen visas at the end of last year to attract more Russians and Ukrainians, but nobody had expected the current boom. The Hospodárske noviny daily wrote in its Wednesday, April 24 issue that Slovak consulates in these countries are not able to handle the number of visa applications, and travel agencies say that the number of visitors from these countries has surged five to six times.

Slovakia introduced five-year Schengen visas at the end of last year to attract more Russians and Ukrainians, but nobody had expected the current boom. The Hospodárske noviny daily wrote in its Wednesday, April 24 issue that Slovak consulates in these countries are not able to handle the number of visa applications, and travel agencies say that the number of visitors from these countries has surged five to six times.

Slovak visas have even become a sought-after illegal commodity, with the average street price for a five-year visa going for €3,600 in Moscow, as this type of visa lures not only tourists but also those interested in illegal work. In response to this development, the Slovak Foreign Ministry is increasing staff at its consulates.

(Source: Hospodárske noviny)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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