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Navigating the Current Landscape of Russian Passport and Visa Processing Services

Navigating the world of international travel is always a complex process, and recent geopolitical events have made this even more so for Russian citizens seeking to renew passports or obtain visas. In this article, we will delve into the current situation regarding Russian Passport and Visa processing services.


As of May 2023, several European countries continue to temporarily suspend visa issuance and restrict other immigration rules for Russian citizens. This has had a profound impact on both in-process and upcoming moves, with the situation remaining fluid and subject to frequent updates​.


For example, Belgium has placed a temporary suspension on short-term Schengen visa applications filed in Russia, while long-stay visa applications can now be filed once again via VFS, the Belgian embassy's visa service provider​. Similarly, in Bulgaria, short-term (type C) visa issuance has been suspended for Russian citizens with no clear indication of when this suspension will be lifted​.


The Czech Republic has extended a ban on the issuance of new visas and residence permits to Russian and Belarusian nationals until March 31, 2024. Certain exemptions do exist, such as family members of EU nationals who reside in the Czech Republic, as well as those with long-term visas or residence permits who can still renew these documents​​. However, the issuance of Czech visas or residence permits to foreign nationals who hold dual citizenship with Russia or Belarus has been suspended​.


Denmark has made several significant changes. As of January 19, 2023, Russia has been removed from the expedited asylum application list, meaning applications by Russian nationals for Danish asylum will not be given priority over other immigration applications. However, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis​. As of October 5, 2022, the Danish Embassy in Moscow has been closed for all types of visa and residence permit applications, including submitting biometrics for residence permit applications. Affected applicants will need to apply for Danish visas at other Danish consular posts until the Embassy reopens​. Additionally, Denmark has moved Russia to category 5 under a Danish country classification system, effectively suspending short-term visa issuance for tourist visits and making the issuance of business visas more stringent​.


Germany has also seen some changes. As of April 2023, Germany has implemented restrictions on the issuance of national visas to Russian citizens for the purpose of work. Unless one of the exemptions applies, applications for a work permit will not be considered​.


In Poland, as of February 2023, Poland has decided to temporarily suspend visa issuance to Russian citizens​.


These changes highlight the complex and evolving nature of the current situation for Russian citizens seeking to obtain or renew visas. In these challenging times, it's more important than ever to have a reliable partner in navigating the complexities of Russian passport and visa services. At Russianpassportsandvisas.com, we pride ourselves on our expertise and dedication to our clients. Whether you need assistance with passport renewal, visa processing, or navigating the latest regulations, we are here to help. Our team stays up-to-date with the most current information to ensure you receive accurate and timely services. Don't let paperwork stand in the way of your journey. Contact us today, and let us guide you through the process so you can focus on what matters most – your trip to Russia.

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