Visa Facilitation Agreement Eu Russia

The visa fees levied by Russia have been significantly reduced by alignment with the Schengen visa fee (i.e. €35). This fee applies to all EU and Russian citizens (including tourists) and concerns both entry and multiple visas. In case of urgent application, it is possible to charge a higher fee of € 70 if the visa application and supporting documents are presented by the visa applicant only three days or less before departure. This does not apply to humanitarian or health cases and the death of relatives. 1. The fee for processing visa applications shall be EUR 35. Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Armenia on the facilitation of the issuance of visas (Official Journal of the European Union, 31 October 2013, No L 289/2) 2. By way of derogation from paragraph 1 of this Article, this Agreement shall enter into force only on the day of entry into force of the Readmission Agreement between the Russian Federation and the European Community, provided that that date is after the date referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article. 3. In urgent cases, the time limit for deciding on a visa application may be reduced to three working days or less.

But the road ahead is not easy. Even before the Ukrainian crisis, one could see a growing lack of trust between Russia and the West, which did not help negotiate, even when it came to visas. Travel bans have been used as a political instrument against public figures and scientists. Crimea and post-Soviet conflict zones are among the most persistent cases, with the EU telling the validity of Russian passports issued for these territories. The EU will inevitably raise questions about the human rights and security situation in the North Caucasus. Negotiations are all the more necessary. Small steps that support freedom of movement and help people in their daily lives should also be encouraged. Multiple entry visas, with a duration of at least 2 years and a maximum duration of five years, are issued to the categories of citizens mentioned above, provided that they have benefited from the one-year visas to enter repeatedly in accordance with the laws of entry and stay in the territory of the visited State and that the reasons for applying for a multiple-entry visa remain valid.

Relations between the EU and Russia are unlikely to improve in the near future in order to allow for the signing and ratification of new legally binding agreements. Nevertheless, the visa dialogue could adopt the “OSCE method”, with political commitments, parallel steps by both sides to meet these commitments and jointly verified progress. It will not be easy to resolve more important issues, including those related to the OSCE principles themself, but increased communication between citizens could, in the longer term, help the EU, Russia and their common neighbours. RECOGNISING that such facilitation should not lead to illegal immigration, paying particular attention to security and readmission, subject to national rules and regulations on national security of the Russian Federation and the Member States and subject to EU rules on visas with limited territorial validity, citizens of the Russian Federation and the European Union are entitled to: on the territory of the Member States and the Russian Federation, on the basis identical to that of the European Union and Russian citizens. . . .