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1 Jun 2018

Belarus, Russia to continue consultations on mutual visa recognition in September

MINSK, 1 June (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia plan to continue consultations on the mutual visa recognition agreement in September, Aleksei Begun, Head of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Belarusian Interior Ministry, told the media on 1 June, BelTA informs.

“In September the parties will continue consultations. There is the corresponding decision of the ministers of foreign affairs,” Aleksei Begun said. In his words, there are a few issues that need additional coordination and regulation by both the sides.

At the end of May, Belarus and Russia signed the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on Issues Related to the Entry of Foreign Nationals and Stateless Persons into the Union State to Attend Sporting Events. The two sides will now study the practical application of this document. “We will watch the mechanism of interaction of the law enforcement and information resources,” Aleksei Begun said.

In line with the agreement, from 4 June and 25 July 2018 Belarus will become a visa-free zone for FAN-ID holders going to Russia by auto- and railway transport to attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches. Russia, in turn, will allow visa-free travel and stay in its territory for foreign fans heading to Minsk to attend the Second European Games.

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