The Baltic countries and Poland are closing their doors to Russian tourists

The Baltic countries and Poland are closing their doors to Russian tourists

Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have imposed new restrictions, while Finland, which remains open to Russian tourists, has reduced the number of consular appointments available for visa applications.

The European Union has banned all flights from Russia, allowing only rail and road connections. This month she agreed to suspend the existing agreement between Brussels and Moscow that makes it easier to issue visas to Russian nationals.

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The ban, which came into effect on Monday, does not target Russian dissidents seeking refuge in the EU, truck drivers, refugees, permanent residents of EU countries and people visiting family members.

Less than a tenth of the roughly 4,000 Russians entering Estonia daily are therefore ineligible under the new rules, officials said.

Russia has indicated that it will retaliate for the restrictions, but will not turn its back on the EU.

(with Reuters)

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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