In connection with the closure of the Schengen zone and the common borders of the EU, the number of consulates of European countries is growing, which stops accepting documents for visas, ATOR reports.
The Consulate General of Italy in Russia since March 18 has reduced the volume of its services, including the issuance of Schengen visas. “The current emergency situation is forcing us to review the volume of services provided by the Consulate General of Italy,” the diplomatic mission said. “The provision of standard consular services is temporarily canceled and all online entries made are canceled. The issuance of visas at the consulate is temporarily suspended.” diplomatic missions noted that to apply for a visa at the moment, everyone can contact the Italian VMS visa centers. At the same time, the procedure for issuing visas may require more time due to a reduction in the number of employees involved in processing documents.
The Consulate General of Spain in Moscow also announced the termination of acceptance of visa documents. An exception is the issuance of humanitarian visas and visas for persons married to Spanish citizens.
Since March 16, the Consulate of France in Moscow has temporarily stopped issuing visas. It also became known about the suspension of the reception of documents in all visa centers in Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Malta, Belgium. Switzerland announced the suspension of the issuance of visas for three months.