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10 January 2017, 17:48

Belarus Interior Ministry: 5-day visa-free entry will pose no migration challenge

MINSK, 10 January (BelTA) - The launch of a five-day visa-free entry will pose no migration challenge for Belarus, Alexei Begun, the head of the Citizenship and Migration Department at the Interior Ministry of Belarus, said at a press briefing at BelTA's press center on 10 January.

“The Interior Ministry is responsible, within the scope of its competence, for monitoring the compliance with the rules of stay by foreigners in our country who will arrive in Belarus after the launch of the five-day visa-free regime through the Minsk national airport. Such control mechanisms have already been developed. Implementation of Decree No. 8 will help increase the number of visits to Belarus,” Alexei Begun said

He noted that the Interior Ministry together with other competent authorities will oversee the compliance with the visa-free regime, will assist foreign citizens, if necessary, in extending the period of stay in Belarus and formalizing relevant documents.

The Interior Ministry will prepare the recommendations on the application of the president's decree for the territorial units, Alexei Begun added.

As BelTA reported earlier, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed Decree No. 8 “On the introduction of the visa-free entry and departure for foreign citizens” on 9 January. The document introduces visa-free entry through the border checkpoint at the Minsk National Airport and visa-free stay in Belarus for up to 5 days for citizens of 80 states. These are 39 countries of Europe, including the entire European Union, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan, and other countries.

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