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10 January 2017, 17:25

Interior Ministry: Plan for Russia-Belarus common migration space in the works

MINSK, 10 January (BelTA) – The plan to develop a common migration space of Russia and Belarus is in the works, 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.

This plan will include a set of organizational and practical measures, including the measures to supervise how foreign travelers comply with the rule of stay on the territory of the Union State, Alexei Begun said.

According to him, the two countries are set to prepare a number of intergovernmental agreements governing the development of the common migration space, and also to integrate the information resources. The competent authorities will cooperate in monitoring the stay and exit of foreign nationals.

Alexei Begun added that last year, the two countries enforced a general agreement on mutual recognition of decisions on refusing entry to foreign nationals, in accordance with which those persons who are denied entry to Russia cannot enter Belarus without a permission from the competent body of Belarus (the decision is taken after considering the application of that person). “Foreign nationals can visit the website of the Interior Ministry of Belarus and write an application with their passport data attached. Within three working days, they will get an answer about whether there are barriers to their entry into Belarus,” Alexei Begun noted.

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