European Commission issues visa guidelines for Russians.
Starting September 12, when considering applications from Russian citizens for a Schengen visa, consulates must conduct a security risk assessment. If a threat is identified, the consulates may refuse a visa or cancel an existing one. This is reported by Kommersant.
In addition, countries are advised to refrain from issuing multiple-entry visas to Russians, as well as to refuse to approve a visa if there is any doubt that the applicant intends to leave the EU after the visa expires.
The EU will be open to essential travelers, including family members of EU citizens, journalists, dissidents and members of civil society.
Consulates may give lower priority to those Russian citizens who who do not have a significant purpose for the trip; extend the term for consideration of the application up to 45 days; request additional documents to ensure a high level of verification.