The Finnish authorities have decided not to renew Schengen visas for Russians, which they were unable to use due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions.
The decision was made in accordance with the Schengen Visa Code, the Finnish embassy confirmed.
“Due to the corona virus pandemic, there are restrictions on entry and exit between Finland and Russia. If a visa cannot be used for this reason and it expires, you will need a new visa. “ The Finnish embassy said that those wishing to travel to Finland must apply for a new Schengen visa.
However, it is not known whether the Finnish embassy and consulates in Russia, like several other countries, will offer visa application facilities for unused visa holders.
For example, France has found that all Algerians who have a Schengen visa to France and who were unable to use it due to the coronavirus pandemic will benefit from simplified procedures when applying for a new visa in the post-pandemic period. Visa fees are waived for this category of applicants.
At the same time, the Italian embassy in Armenia has announced that it will issue a new visa free of charge to applicants who have been unable to use their Schengen visa due to the situation caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Anyone with a Schengen visa that is valid from February 1 to June 30, 2020 and received from the Italian embassy in Armenia can apply for a new visa again. To be eligible, the Schengen visa does not have to be used and the traveler must not have requested a refund of their trip.
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