Changes in Russian personal data law won't affect Schengen visa issue procedure - Foreign Ministry

The new law on personal data will not affect the issue of Schengen visas to Russians, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov has said.

"As for the possible problems of Russians with obtaining Schengen visas stemming from amendments to individual legislative acts of the Russian Federation specifying the procedure of handing personal data in computer and telecommunication networks I would want to refer to the relevant statement of Roskomnadzor [Federal Service for the Supervision of Communications, IT and Mass Media] saying that the enforcement of amendments to the legislation on the storage of personal data of Russian citizens will not affect the procedure of issuing Schengen visas," the high-ranking diplomat said in an interview with Interfax.

Earlier reports said that the State Duma passed the bill binding to store the personal data of Russian citizens in the territory of Russia in the second and decisive reading at the end of September. The said provision was expected to be enforced starting with September 2016. Presently the time of the enforcement is being discussed.

Meanwhile, some experts have voiced apprehensions that the new requirements will cause problems to Russians in obtaining the Schengen visa as well as in booking tickets and hotel rooms abroad.

 

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