Poland, following the Baltic countries, closed entry for Russian tourists

Poland, following the Baltic countries, closed entry for Russian tourists

Poland, following the Baltic states, closed entry for Russian tourists

View of Warsaw (archive photo)   Poland, following the Baltic states, closed entry for Russian tourists

The decision was made for reasons of public order protection

Poland, following the Baltic states, announced a decision to ban Russian citizens with tourist Schengen visas from entering its territory. This was stated by the government of Poland, noting that this is another step to punish Russia for unleashing a war in Ukraine.

“It is unacceptable that, at a time when people in Ukraine are being tortured and killed, citizens of an aggressor state ( Russia) were able to travel freely within the EU,” the Polish government said in a statement.

“This ban was adopted on the basis of the general rationale for protecting public order and internal security, as well as the general security of the Schengen countries,” emphasizes document.

The day before, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia decided to close their countries from September 19 for the entry of Russian citizens with tourist visas issued by the countries of the Schengen Union. The ban does not apply to those who will enter for family or humanitarian reasons, as well as to diplomats and drivers of commercial vehicles.

Previously, the Baltic States and Poland proposed a complete ban on the entry of Russian tourists into the EU, but this the proposal was not supported by other EU countries. Instead, on September 1, the EU decided to suspend the 2007 visa facilitation agreement with Russia. The decision comes into force on September 12.