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Five-day visa-free regime for citizens of 80 states to be in force in Belarus in a month

Society 11.01.2017 | 09:35

MINSK, 11 January (BelTA) – The five-day visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries will enter into force in a month. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko's decree No. 8 “On the introduction of the visa-free entry and departure for foreign citizens” was officially published on the National Legal Internet Portal on 11 January, BelTA informs.

Given the decree enters into force in a month after its official publication, the citizens of 80 countries will be able to start using its benefits in the middle of February. BelTA reported earlier about the introduction of the visa-free entry through the border checkpoint at the Minsk National Airport and the visa-free stay in Belarus for up to 5 days.

Representatives of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Border Committee, the Interior Ministry, the Sport and Tourism Ministry, the National Investment and Privatization Agency spoke about the details and conditions of implementation of the decree at a press briefing at BelTA's press center on 10 January.

The decree applies to 39 countries of Europe, including the entire European Union, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan, and other states.

First of all, these are favorable countries in terms of migration, Belarus' strategic partners which have introduced visa-free regimes for Belarusian citizens on a unilateral basis. The new regulations also apply to the non-citizens of Latvia and stateless persons of Estonia.

The document aims to raise the number of business trips, tourism and private visits of people with regular passports and will not apply to foreigners on official trips with diplomatic, service, special and similar passports.

A valid passport or other document permitting foreign travels, money (equivalent to at least two base amounts for each day of stay in the foreign currency or Belarusian rubles), medical insurance in the amount of at least €10,000 operational in Belarus will be needed for the visa-free entry.

The citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa should also have a valid multi-visa to the EU states or the Schengen Area with a mark confirming the entry to their territory, plane tickets with a confirmation of the departure from the Minsk National Airport within 5 days after the date of the entry.

The visa-free regime does not apply to people arriving to Belarus by plane from Russia and planning to go to the airports of Russia (these are internal flights with no border control).

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