Belarus-Russia Protocol On Unified Immigration Card Ratified

Belarus-Russia protocol on a unified immigration card is ratified by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, February 19.

What does it mean for Russians, Belarusians and foreigners?

Vladimir Putin signed the law on the ratification of the protocol amending and supplementing the agreement between the governments of Russia and Belarus on the unified immigration card.

The document is dated on 5 October 2004.

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The protocol expands the categories of foreign nationals released from the obligation to fill out and submit immigration cards.

Belarus-Russia Unified Visa Regime. How Will It Work?

The above mentioned groups include:

  • foreign nationals temporarily or permanently residing in Russia or Belarus,
  • crews of sea and river vessels entering sea and river ports of both states,
  • foreigners who cross the Belarusian border for a temporary stay on its territory without entering Russia.

The news was made public by the Russian legal internet website kremlin.ru.

Recall that the agreement between Belarus and Russia on mutual recognition of visas is to come into force in the first quarter of 2018.

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Belarusian and Russian experts will discuss travel regulations for foreigners during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will take place in Russia.

Future plans also include arrangements for the 2019 European Games and the 2021 IIHF World Championship in Belarus.

At present Belarusian and Russian agencies share information about people, who violate visa-free travel regulations in Belarus and who leave Belarus for Russia.