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Belarus And China Talking Over 30-Day Visa-Free Travel

Belarus and China are considering the possibility of introducing 30-day visa-free entry on a mutual basis. The matter was discussed at the talks between Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing on 16 May, BelTA reports.

The two heads of state have instructed the competent bodies of the two countries to consider the issue.

At present there’s an agreement about visa-free entry for holders of diplomatic and service passports, and for tourist groups between the two countries.

Besides, China is among 80 countries whose citizens can spend five days in Belarus without a visa.

As Belarus’ Ambassador to China Kirill Rudy told the media, the question about 30-day visa-free entry had been raised before.

“It has been under consideration for quite a long time and is part of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ policy. This is a logic step in the further liberation of visa regulations. It is, first of all, aimed at simplifying and improving tourist business between the two states,” the diplomat said.

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Every year Belarus is visited by several thousands of Chinese citizens, half of whom spend over 30 days in the country.

“The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries will be working on the corresponding document. As a rule, several months is needed to implement the instructions regarding visa regulations,” Kirill Rudy added.