Belarus and Norway agreed to prepare an agreement on visa facilitation and readmission as soon as possible, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry reports.
The issues were discussed during regular Belarus-Norway ministerial consultations in Oslo, Sweden on 28 January.
The Belarusian side was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Kravchenko. The Norwegian delegation was headed by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Audun Halvorsen.
“Given the recent signing of agreements between Belarus and the European Union on visa facilitation and readmission, an agreement was reached to prepare the appropriate documents for Belarus and Norway as soon as possible,” the Foreign Ministry said.
According to Belarusian Ambassador to Sweden Dmitry Mironchik, the original note with a proposal to conclude agreements was handed over to the Norwegian side during the inter-MFA consultations.
Recall that on 8 January, Belarus and the European Union signed the visa facilitation and readmission agreements. The documents make obtaining a Schengen easier and reduce its cost to €35.
The decreased visa fee for Belarusians will be presumably available in June. Till then Belarusians will have to pay €80 for a visa, since starting 2 February 2020 the revised EU visa code will come into force.
Norway is a member of the Schengen area, Belarusians need a Schengen visa to enter and stay in it. However, since Norway is not a member of the European Union, the agreement on visa facilitation does not apply to it.