To whom and for how much
The European Union has promised not to obstruct the entry of those who go to Europe for humanitarian reasons. The list of those who can get a visa quickly includes dissidents, journalists, human rights activists, students, those whose family members are citizens of the European Union. Probably, there will be no problems for scientists, for those who are invited to work and who go to be treated. Tourist applications will be considered last. Multiple visas seem to be a thing of the past: Europe intends to issue short-term visas strictly according to travel dates. And those long-term visas that Russians have right now may be canceled in the light of new circumstances. But for now, these are just plans.
As early as the end of February, holders of diplomatic passports were deprived of the right to visa-free entry to the EU countries. A number of people entering – from representatives of business communities, various levels of governments, the Supreme and Constitutional Courts and others – from spring must provide a full package of documents. It is expected to become even more complete. So far, its specific content is only being discussed by representatives of the European Union. And Russian tourists are already fantasizing about what might be there. Among the popular versions are the provision of detailed information about relatives and place of work (probably in the form of special questionnaires), official invitations from the migration departments or the Foreign Ministries (such are required, for example, for citizens of Afghanistan for a private visit to Russia), contracts for the provision of tourist services or foreign tourist admission confirmation (these are required for US citizens traveling to Russia for tourism purposes). Europe also plans to refuse to issue Schengen visas to citizens who have received Russian passports in the “occupied territories of Ukraine.” But I am ready to consider applications from them in exceptional cases.
When everything becomes clear
The European Commissioners promised that they would announce the details of the “complicated” visa regime with Russia after September 12. Fortunately, there is no talk of a complete cessation of issuing visas to Europe. For example, in France and Germany this idea is not popular. And in general, the representatives of the European Union themselves admit that such a ban would be contrary to the democratic norms promoted by this organization.