The European Commission has issued guidance on suspending visa facilitation for certain Russian citizens, which has reduced fees and speeded up processing. The document published by the European Commission also includes guidelines on the general issuance of visas for Russian citizens. Within these general guidelines, the Commission reiterated the general principle that Schengen visa applications should be lodged in the applicant’s country of citizenship or residence, rather than in a country of transit or short stay, except in humanitarian situations. The Commission also noted that several EU Member States require consular officials to consult national central authorities for all applications made by Russian citizens during the current conflict due to security risks. In addition, the Commission reminded EU Member States that if it was unclear whether the applicant could meet the visa requirements for the entire intended duration of the stay, the authorities could reduce the validity of the granted visa. Finally, the Commission urged EU Member States to assess the applicant’s intention to leave before the visa expires. Although these are reminders of general pre-conflict visa rules, the Commission’s reminder could lead to additional scrutiny of Russian citizens’ visa applications, increase processing times, potentially reduce visa validity granted and possibly increase the number of visa refusals.