Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, almost 1 million Russians have traveled to EU countries, the European Border Protection Agency Frontex reports. The figures come at a time when discussions are raging in several member states about whether or not to allow Russian tourists.
Some EU countries single-handedly restrict the issuance of visas to Russians, but for now it concerns a small part of the countries including the Baltic countries and the Czech Republic. Finland wants to introduce restrictions from next month.
Denmark wants to see if the European Union comes up with a joint entry ban. The ban is being considered in several European countries. According to Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, a European tourist visa is “a privilege and not a human right”.
EU Ministers will discuss the issue in Prague next week.