The Danish government has announced that it is tightening its short-term visa requirements for Russian nationals.

Key Points:

  • Officials have decided to suspend the visa-facilitation agreement between Denmark and Russia in accordance with the EU Council’s recent decision.
  • As of Sept. 10, Russian nationals will only qualify for short-stay visas for private visits in cases of extenuating circumstances, including the death or terminal illness of a family member living in Denmark.
  • Russian nationals can still receive short-stay visas for business or cultural visits in specific justified cases.
  • The tightened visa requirements will not affect Russian nationals who have applied for Danish work permits.

BAL Analysis: Russian nationals should expect continued difficulty in obtaining visas for travel to Denmark and countries in the Schengen Area. Employers should plan travel well in advance to avoid complications and delays.

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