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27 Jan 2017

Diplomat: Visa-free travels will allow Macedonian citizens to get to know Belarus better

MOSCOW, 27 January (BelTA) – The visa-free travel regulations will allow citizens of Macedonia to get to know Belarus better. The statement was made by Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of Macedonia in Russia with concurrent accreditation to Belarus Jani Bogoevski as he commented on the Belarus president’s decree on allowing citizens of 80 countries to enter Belarus without visas as from 12 February, BelTA has learned.

The Macedonian diplomat said that information about the decree was immediately forwarded to the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs right after the news was released. “It is a very interesting decision. We believe it will bring more businessmen and tourists to Belarus,” said Jani Bogoevski.

In his words, the reciprocal steps of the Macedonian side to ease up visa regulations for Belarusian citizens are likely to be discussed during the first session of the Belarusian-Macedonian intergovernmental commission, which is scheduled to take place in 2017.

Jani Bogoevski as well as other representatives of the foreign diplomatic missions, which are accredited in Moscow, attended the press briefing held in the Embassy of Belarus in Russia on 27 January to highlight the Belarus president’s decree on the visa-free travels.

Belarus president decree No.8 allows citizens of 80 countries to stay in Belarus for at most five days without visas, provided they enter the country via the Minsk National Airport. The new regulations will apply to 39 countries of Europe, including the entire European Union, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Canada, Japan, and other countries. The list includes primarily the countries without migration problems, Belarus’ strategic partners, and the countries that unilaterally lifted visa requirements for Belarusian citizens.

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