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Belarusian parliament ratifies visa-free travel agreement with China

Politics 28.06.2018 | 18:09
Sergei Rakhmanov
Sergei Rakhmanov

MINSK, 28 June (BelTA) – The Council of the Republic ratified the intergovernmental agreement on visa-free travel with China on 28 June, BelTA learned.

The House of Representatives ratified the agreement on 27 June. In line with the document, Belarusians will be able to stay in China visa free for up to 30 days during one trip, but not more than 90 days a year. The same rule will apply to Chinese citizens. If a person wants to stay in the country for more than 30 days or engage in educational and professional activities, he or she will need a special visa.

Visa-free travel covers private trips, business trips, and tourist trips. The intergovernmental agreement on mutual visa-free travel for ordinary citizens of Belarus and China was signed in Qingdao on 10 June during the working visit of the Belarusian president to China. Belarus is among the few European countries enjoying a visa-free regime with China.

The ratification of the agreement will add pace to the bilateral relations on all fronts, Chairman of the International Affairs and National Security Commission of the Council of the Republic Sergei Rakhmanov told the media. “We will be able step up cooperation in economy, politics, education, science, and technology,” the Senator believes. He recalled that the relations with China are of fundamental importance for Belarus. “China is our strategic partner, and Belarus is one of the four priority partners of China,” he said. The Senator took note of the high level of interaction, intensive dialogue at the level of presidents of the two countries.

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