MOSCOW, 12 February (BelTA) – The State Duma of Russia ratified the Belarusian-Russian intergovernmental agreement on certain issues related to the entry of foreign nationals and stateless persons attending international sport events on 12 February, BelTA has learned.
The agreement was signed in Minsk on 29 May 2018. The document regulates the entry of foreign nationals and stateless persons traveling to attend international sporting events, including the forthcoming 2nd European Games, State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Grigory Karasin of the Russian Federation said as he presented the document in the parliament. The document was temporarily applied during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
In accordance with the agreement, foreign nationals and stateless persons traveling to attend international sporting events in one of the two states can enter, exist, stay and transit through the territory of the other state without visas on an authentic ID and a document to attend such international sports events.
The agreement played an important role during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Fans traveled to Russia freely via Belarus. Russia, on its part, will let fans through the Russian-Belarusian border without visas during the 2nd European Games which are due in Minsk on 21-30 June 2019, Grigory Karasin said.
The agreement will be valid through 10 July 2019. According to Grigory Karasin, Belarus and Russia are currently working on a visa recognition agreement. “I hope the agreement will be signed in the near future,” he said.More about Society