President Lukashenko Signs Laws On Ratification Of Visa Facilitation With EU

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed the laws on ratification of the agreements on visa facilitation and readmission with the EU, the National Legal Internet Portal reports.

Recall that Belarusian deputies ratified the agreements at the opening of the spring session of the House of Representatives on 2 April.

The agreements should be now endorsed by the European Parliament, after which the EU Council will be able to officially complete the ratification of the agreements.

The visa facilitation agreement will presumably come in force in June 2020. Immediately after that, the price for a Schengen visa for Belarusians will drop to €35 and visa obtaining procedure will become sшmpler.

On 2 February, the revised EU visa code increased the visa fee to €80 worldwide, including in Belarus. Some embassies, considering it unfair, introduced relaxations for Belarusian children and youth before the coronavirus pandemic.