Slovakia will not grant humanitarian visas to Russians fleeing mobilisation

The policy mimics the approach adopted by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Stock image.Stock image. (Source: Pexels)

Slovakia will not issue humanitarian visas to citizens of Russia fleeing military mobilisation by the Putin regime.

A similar approach has been adopted by the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement
SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement
Related article Slovakia plans no ban on all Russians from entering the country Read more 

"Humanitarian visas are not defined precisely. Visas can be granted in the humanitarian interest, and currently Slovakia assesses each case separately. In this case the Foreign Affairs Ministry is not the only body that makes the decision," said ministry spokesperson Juraj Tomaga.

Currently, Slovakia is approving tourist visas only for Russians visiting relatives who live in Slovakia or in order to study at Slovak universities. Russian athletes can also obtain visas to attend competitions.

In March, Slovakia abolished its visa-free regime for people who hold Russian diplomatic passports.

Related article Slovak passport still among the ten strongest Read more 

Estonia has already stopped issuing visas to all Russians and does not allow Russians holding Schengen visas that it previously issued to enter Estonia. However, Russians can still enter Estonia on Schengen visas issued by another Schengen country. Poland is seeking to adopt the Estonian approach.

However, EU member states do not appear to be united on this front. Germany, for instance, opposes an EU-wide ban on visas for Russians.

Top stories

News digest: Inflation will make Christmas poorer for some in Slovakia

Bratislava piles deicing substance, Slovakia commemorates anniversary of its biggest air disaster and a fake website exploits name of the country's central bank.

25. nov
The 2021 Christmas atmosphere in Trnava.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 24 and December 4, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

24. nov

Illegal shelters removed from around Liptovská Mara

Ten buildings will be removed by the end of the year as they are near the waterworks.

22. nov
SkryťClose ad