The Czech Republic will suspend the issuance of visas and residence permits to Russians and Belarusians until 2023

Until the end of March 2023, Russians and Belarusians will not be able to receive Czech visas and a residence permit (residence permit). This was reported by Interfax with reference to the news portal of the National Press and Information Agency of the Czech Republic. The corresponding decision was made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country and supported by the government.

At the same time, the Czech Republic will continue to issue humanitarian visas. In addition, the decision will not affect those who already have a residence permit and want to extend it, as well as their family members.

The report says that this measure is designed to protect the foreign policy interests of the Czech Republic, ensure the country's security and put pressure on Russia and Belarus because of the war in Ukraine.

The Czech Republic stopped issuing visas to Russians on the day the war began, February 24. The country also withdrew the work permits of the Russian consulates in Brno and Karlovy Vary and temporarily closed consular offices in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg.

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