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Foreigners coming to Belarus via Russian airports still need visas

Society 10.01.2017 | 16:27

MINSK, 10 January (BelTA) – The introduction of the five-day rule for visa-free travels in Belarus does not apply to people arriving via Russian airports. Igor Fisenko, Head of the Central Consular Office of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the statement during the press briefing held in BelTA's press center on 10 January to discuss the introduction of the five-day rule for visa-free travels in Belarus.

“It is important to remember that the five-day rule for visa-free travels does not apply to persons, who arrive in Belarus from airports of the Russian Federation or intend to fly to a Russian airport. Such flights are considered domestic and are not subject to border control,” said Igor Fisenko.

BelTA reported earlier that on 9 January Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed decree No. 8, which stipulates how foreign citizens can enter or leave the country without visas. The document allows citizens of 80 countries to stay in Belarus for at most five days without visas, provided they cross the state border in the Minsk National Airport. The new regulations apply to 39 countries in Europe, including the entire European Union, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan, and other countries.

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