The Czech Republic refused to issue visas and residence permits to Russians until the end of March 2023

13:50 23 June Kyiv, Ukraine

The Czech authorities have introduced a ban on the issuance of visas and residence permits (permits) to citizens of Russia and Belarus until March 2023, but there are a number of exceptions.
This is reported by the publication Ceske Noviny.

After Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Czech Republic suspended the issuance of new visas to Russians and Belarusians. Now the government has adopted a proposal setting the time frame for this restriction.

Such a decision should protect the foreign policy interests of the Czech Republic due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The purpose of the restriction is to put pressure on the Russian Federation and Belarus supporting the invasion to end the war and protect the interests of the Czech Republic.

However, visa restrictions will not apply to all. For example, Russians and Belarusians who already have a residence permit will be able to continue it. Belarusians and Russians who are family members of a citizen of the Czech Republic or another EU country will be able to obtain a visa or residence permit.
It also retains the possibility of obtaining visas and residence permits "if the applicant's stay is in the interests of the Czech Republic and this interest is confirmed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs."