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19 June 2024, 14:09

Belarus, Vietnam waive visas

MINSK, 19 June (BelTA) - The bill on the ratification of the agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on weaving visas for holders of national passports was passed at the first session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus of the eighth convocation on 19 June, BelTA has learned.

The agreement was signed in Hanoi on 8 December 2023. It envisages that citizens of Belarus and Vietnam, owners of national passports, can enter, leave, transit and stay without visas for a period not exceeding 30 days. “The total duration of stay shall not exceed 90 days in a calendar year. The provisions of the agreement do not limit the right of the competent authorities of each party to deny entry or reduce the period of stay to a foreign citizen without giving reasons,” Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Evgeny Shestakov said.

Each of the parties to the agreement may suspend it in full or in part in the interests of national security, public order, public health or in the case of epidemics, natural disasters and other emergencies.

“The agreement comes into force from the date of exchange of ratification documents by the parties and remains in force for an indefinite period of time. The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not yet received any information about the ratification of the agreement by Vietnam,” the deputy minister said.

Each party can terminate the agreement at any time by written notice to the other party through diplomatic channels.
 
“The agreement will simplify mutual travel of citizens of the two countries, will contribute to strengthening bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,” Evgeny Shestakov said.
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