One in twenty Aviasales users (5.5%) flew to Europe in 2022, and one in seven tried to obtain a Schengen visa. According to the travel service, the issuance of visas was approved in 92.3% of cases, although the visa policy of European countries has changed throughout the year.

Schengen visas were issued to Russians in 9 out of 10 cases in 2022 – Aviasales

14% of travelers applied for a Schengen tourist visa last year. In 43.3% of cases, Schengen was open to Russians for six months.

The most popular destinations for flights to the Schengen zone in 2022 were Italy with an average check of 75.5 thousand rubles round trip, France – 66.2 thousand rubles, Germany – 64.3 thousand rubles, Spain – 86.2 thousand rubles and Greece – 61.2 thousand rubles. You can get to these countries only with a transfer.

Aviasales experts note that it is more difficult to obtain a visa to Germany: in addition to the “standard” package of documents, the country requires health insurance from an EU-accredited company and a statement from a foreign bank. France is considered one of the most loyal Russian travelers – the list of documents to present has not changed.

  • In January, the Association of Russian Tour Operators (ATOR) announced a reduction in the maximum validity of Schengen visas issued to Russians, now the consulates of European countries do not issue them for more than a year.
  • The simplified visa regime between Russia and EU countries has been suspended since September 2022. The visa fee has more than doubled to 80 euros, and the application processing time has tripled to 45 days.


anastasia mariana

Source: RB

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