Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 50,000 Russian citizens have resided in Croatia, and even now, according to calculations, more than 7,000 of them reside in Croatia, writes List Večernji Friday.
The number of Russian citizens is slightly lower compared to the same period last year, but the arrivals have not only stopped. In the shadow of the war in Ukraine, there remained a large number of Russian tourists who, more or less, continue their normal life, with many trips, both tourist and private.
This large number of Russians in Croatia shows something else – despite the fact that Moscow has officially declared Croatia an enemy state, “ordinary” Russians don’t care and are coming. Obviously, the fact that there are no flights from Russia to any destination in the EU bothers them only slightly, so they come by plane or via Serbia or Turkey. One could also say that since the beginning of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, more Russians have come to Croatia than Ukrainian refugees, which number around 20,000.
It should be pointed out that Russians – with the exception of those blacklisted and under EU sanctions – can normally travel throughout the Union, for tourism or for another reason, and also use their property they have in Croatia. They need a valid visa issued by all EU countries, including the Croatian consulate in Russia, which has been confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
As Croatia, although in smaller numbers, remains a destination visited by Russians, so are other tourist destinations in other EU countries. It turns out that the issue of visas and Russian tourist visits will be the subject of a meeting of foreign ministers at the end of this month in the Czech Republic, the country which currently chairs the EU Council, writes the Večernji list journalist Sandra Veljkovic.