Belarus and Russia are planning to recognize visas issued by their countries to foreigners for a period of up to 90 days.
The plans were made public by Aleksander Ganevich, the representative of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday, 11 December.
“Today we are ready to recognize visas issued by Russia for a period of 90 days. The Russian side will do the same with Belarusian visas,” the official said.
An intergovernmental agreement on the mutual recognition of visas between Russia and Belarus is planned to be signed this week.
The Belarusian side expects the mutual recognition of visas to come into force by May next year, before the start of the II European Games in Minsk.
Recall that last month Belarus and the Russian Federation fully agreed on a draft intergovernmental agreement on mutual visa recognition.
It should resolve the issue of transit of citizens of third countries with Russian or Belarusian visas through the territory of both countries.
“The agreement for us is another ‘visa-free regime’. The Russian side issues up to 5 million visas a year. These people will be able to enter the territory of our country without a Belarusian visa.
The same approach will work for a Belarusian visa. For instance, a Latvian citizen receives a one-year Belarusian visa and he can safely go to Russia on it,” Ganevich noted.
Since the beginning of the year, Belarus issued more than 230,000 visas. Over the same period in 2017 – about 250,000 visas.