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Czech Republic will not issue visas to Russians and Belarusians until the end of March 2023 – UNIAN

The goal is to put pressure on Russia and Belarus and ensure the security of the Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic will not issue visas to Russians and Belarusians until the end of March 2023 / photo ua.depositphotos.com

Decree on non-issuance of visas and residence permits in Czech Republic Russians and Belarusians will be valid until the end of March 2023.

This is reported České noviny.

So, in response to applications for a residence permit in the Czech Republic, submitted by Russians or Belarusians to the embassy, ​​no proceedings will be held.

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The goal is to put pressure on Russia and Belarus so that they stop the aggression and ensure the security of the Czech Republic.

“This step is designed to protect the foreign policy interests of the Czech Republic in connection with the armed conflict in Ukraine, which was caused by the invasion of the Russian Federation, which is supported by the Republic of Belarus,” the country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Foreigners who already have a residence permit are not affected. Therefore, Russians and Belarusians can continue to apply for a residence permit extension.

The provision does not apply to applications for short-stay visas if the applicant is a family member of a Czech citizen or a citizen of the European Union whom he is accompanying.

Also, the rule does not apply to applications for a long-term residence permit if the applicant is a family member of a foreigner with a residence permit in the Czech Republic. As well as applications for a permanent residence permit for children of foreigners residing in the Czech Republic, if the reason for applying is their cohabitation.

This also does not apply to applications for visas, long-term or permanent residence permits, if the applicant’s stay is in the interests of the Czech Republic and this interest has been confirmed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

As UNIAN reported earlier, President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman approved entry into the Armed Forces of Ukraine 103 citizens of the Czech Republic.

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