Poland bans Russians from entering the country by land, sea and air

Poland bans Russians from entering the country by land, sea and air

Poland has banned Russian citizens traveling by land from entering its territory and will extend this ban to those traveling by air and sea as well. Diplomats, truck drivers, residence permit holders and dissidents are not affected by these restrictions. The decision was made by the country’s interior ministry on Tuesday (September 20).

The ban on entry into the territory was made possible by an amendment to the regulations on traffic restrictions at certain border crossings with Poland.

The regulation now targets Russians who have been banned from entering Poland from a country outside the EU by land, and will extend the ban to airports and seaports from September 26 to allow airlines to adapt to the new law .

Among other things, Russian diplomats, transport drivers and holders of a residence permit are not affected by this ban. Asylum seekers and opponents of President Vladimir Putin’s Russian regime are also allowed to enter the country.

In early September, the prime ministers of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia called on the other member states of the Union to take similar measures.

“Countries bordering Russia are increasingly concerned about the large and growing influx of Russian citizens across our borders into the European Union and Schengen area. We believe this is becoming a serious threat to our public security and the Schengen area as a whole.”the prime ministers said in a joint statement.

“Given that the overwhelming majority of Russians support Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine, I believe that such decisions restricting the movement of Russian citizens with Schengen visas are fully justified.”Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz told the Polish news agency on Monday (19 September).

On September 9th, the European Union decided to suspend the visa facilitation agreement between the EU and Russia. For Russians, this means in concrete terms that they will face greater difficulties in obtaining a tourist visa.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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