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21 Feb 2017

Belarus border authorities: No violations of visa-free travel rules by foreigners

Belarus border authorities: No violations of visa-free travel rules by foreigners

MINSK, 21 February (BelTA) – Foreign nationals observe the rules of the five-day visa-free travel to Belarus, Anton Bychkovsky, official representative of the State Border Committee of Belarus, told BelTA.

He emphasized that no violations of the visa-free travel regulations by foreigners have been registered since the commencement of the new regulations.

The presidential decree on the introduction of visa-free travel came into force on 12 February. A total of 1,333 foreign citizens from 46 countries have already visited Belarus without a visa. Those were mostly Germans (214), Poles (190), and Italians (125). The citizens of the UK and France are also in the top five with 74 and 70 visitors respectively.

Belarus introduces visa-free travel for 80 countriesBelarus reported earlier that the new visa-free travel regulations apply to citizens of 39 countries of Europe, including the entire European Union, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan, and other countries. First of all, these are the countries without migration problems, Belarus’ strategic partners, the countries that unilaterally apply visa-free entry regulations for Belarusian citizens. Citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, and Samoa must have a valid document for traveling abroad with a valid multiple-entry visa of one of the European Union member states or the Schengen Area member states bearing a European Union or Schengen Area entry stamp, and also tickets with a return date from Minsk National Airport.

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