Football fans planning to attend the 2018 World Cup games in Russia and will be able to enter the country through Belarus visa-free.
The agreement also applies to the 2019 European Games in Belarus.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov signed an agreement on mutual visa recognition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
This year’s part of the treaty will be in effect from 4 June to 25 July.
Basically, If you’re planning to attend FIFA World Cup 2018, you need: airline+game tickets, Fan ID (electronic one permits single entry, hardcopy-multiple entries), and your passport. You can enter Russia directly, or via Belarus, arriving 10d prior to game, leaving 10d after.
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It lets all foreigners carrying FIFA Fan IDs and a passport arrive in Minsk and travel to Moscow or the other World Cup host cities in Russia.
Russia, in turn, will introduce visa-free entry and stay on its territory for foreign fans attending the 2nd European Games in Minsk on 20-30 June next year.
The two countries are still negotiating a permanent visa recognition agreement, which is expected to be signed by the end of 2018.
Mind that travelling from Minsk to Moscow by car thorough border checkpoints is illegal and will be treated as a criminal offense, resulting in a travel ban and fines.