The cost of the Schengen visas for Belarusians may be decreased to €35 after Belarus and the EU sign relevant agreements.
The information was made public by the Delegation of the EU to Belarus.
Commenting on the latest proposed visa changes, the EU representatives said:
“The proposed changes will now be discussed in the European Parliament and the Council.
They must be agreed by both co-legislators before the new rules become law.
The increase of the visa fee will not have any impact on the lower visa fee (€35) set in the Visa Facilitation Agreements concluded between the EU and a number of third countries, such as Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.”
Recall that in 2011 the European Commission was ordered to negotiate an agreement on visa facilitation with Belarus.
At the time the general visa fee was proposed to be €35, for now it remains €60.
“At the 4th negotiations round held in Minsk in June 2017, good progress was achieved on the text of the readmission agreement.
As regards the visa facilitation agreement, a few outstanding issues still need to be agreed.
The two agreements shall enter into force simultaneously.
The next round of negotiations is expected to be convened in Minsk in the coming months,” the EU Delegation said.
Belarusians are now awaiting the European Parliament and the Council to reach a consensus on the matter.