Poland has abolished simplified procedures for Russian citizens seeking access to its labour market amid the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine and a risk of increasing migration from Russia, family and social policy minister has announced.
Several dozen Russians were not allowed to enter the country since Poland tightened restrictions concerning the entry of Russian nationals into the country for purposes of business or pleasure, a Border Guard spokesperson has told PAP.
Poland's interior minister on Monday signed an amendment to an ordinance which further tightens restrictions on the entry of Russian nationals to the country.
Russian nationals should not be able to freely travel in the European Union, the prime ministers of Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia have said in a joint statement.
Russian citizens should be banned from entering the EU because they should “bear the consequences” of the Ukraine war, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister of Poland said on Friday.
EU visas for Russians will become harder to get and more expensive, Zbigniew Rau, the Polish foreign minister, said after meeting his EU peers in Prague on Wednesday.
Polish ruling party and main opposition grouping MEPs have told PAP that the EU should stop issuing tourist visas to Russians until Russia halts its invasion of Ukraine.
The number of Polish visas issued to Russian citizens has crashed since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Rzeczpospolita newspaper wrote on Friday.