Belarus and Russia should agree on the mutual recognition of visas, Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka said at the extended session of the NOC Executive Committee to discuss the 2019 European Games on Friday.
“We already have experience in the liberalization of visa regulations. This is the 2014 IIHF World Championship. Therefore, let’s step up efforts in this field. We should agree with Russians on the mutual recognition of visas and other related issues,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes him.
A visa-free entry for the foreigners willing to attend of the Ice Hockey World Championship hosted by Minsk was valid from 25 April to 30 May 2014. When crossing the border, the fans coming to Belarus needed to show only passports and tickets.
In January 2017, Alyaksandr Lukashenka signed the decree ‘On the introduction of the visa-free entry and departure for foreign citizens’. The document introduced visa-free entry through the border checkpoint at the Minsk National Airport and the visa-free stay in Belarus for up to 5 days for the citizens of 80 states, including the entire European Union, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan.
In May 2017, Belarus introduced visa-free regime with China. It concerns the citizens of the People’s Republic of China who have passports for official trips.