More than a million people have been added to Belarus’ travel ban blacklist, Belarus’ First Deputy Interior Minister Ivan Podgursky said on Thursday, 10 October.
According to the official, the blacklist includes 1,142,000 people whose entry into Belarus is prohibited or undesirable. Interesting fact, most of the entries have been made by Russia.
Belarusian state authorities banned over 138,000 people – 16,000 accounted for the Interior Ministry, 15,000 were banned by the KGB and 7,000 by the State Customs Service.
The Interior Ministry has included over 5,000 foreign nationals for not paying their fines to the blacklist. In 2018, over 4.8 million foreigners crossed the state of Belarus, over 5 million left.
In the first quarter of 2019, those were 2.3 million and 2.4 million respectively. In January-September 2019 more than 120,000 people visited the tourist-recreation zone Brest – Augustow Canal.
Didn’t pay a fine? It’s okay
Ivan Podgursky presented the amendments to the law on the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons to the members of the House of Representatives.
The bill is aimed at creating a positive image of Belarus and simplifying the entry rules. One of the amendments is to minimize the cases when foreign nationals are included in the travel ban list.
After the bill comes into force, foreign nationals who have committed crimes through negligence will be removed from the category of persons who may be denied entry to Belarus.
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Another amendment is to allow entry of foreigners to Belarus, who had previously received a fine during their stay in the country and did not pay it on time because they did not know about.
They will be allowed into Belarus upon showing of the documents on payment of a fine or upon a foreigner’s guarantee that he will pay the fine as soon as possible. The bill had its first reading.
To check whether one is allowed into the country, one should register on the Ministry of Internal Affairs website. If there is a ban, it will show the authority that limited the entry, a reason and duration.