In 2022, the demand for foreign passports increased sharply: according to the statistics of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, about 2.5 million of them were issued in the first half of the year, which is 45% more compared to In the same period in 2021, 8.5 million people managed to use a foreign passport – this is a quarter more than last year, but 60% less than in pre-Covid 2019. Most Russians traveled to Turkey, Egypt, the UAE, the CIS and Baltic countries . Tourist flow to most European countries decreased by 25-50%.
From September of this year, it will be more difficult to get to Europe: Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland have stopped issuing tourist visas to Russians, and other EU countries have suspended the simplified visa regime with Russia. The Schengen visa has risen in price by more than 2 times, it will take longer to wait, and additional documents will have to be provided for registration.