The EU has simplified visa regime with Belarus

The Council of the European Union on 27 may approved two agreements with Belarus on visa facilitation and on readmission. About it informs the website of the Council.

The new visa agreement will facilitate and reduce the cost of travel of Belarusian citizens in the Schengen area and EU citizens to Belarus, said in a statement. Simplified the documentation that must be submitted by applicants for visas, provides for the issuance of multiple-entry visas for those who travel frequently. In addition, the fee for processing visa applications for citizens of Belarus is reduced to €35 (February, she would have to be €80).

The agreement applies to short-term travel – not more than 90 days within any 180-day period.

“Statistics indicate the growing importance of relations between the EU and Belarus. In 2019 the number of applications for Schengen visas in Belarus has reached almost 650 thousand Conclusion of the agreement on simplification of visa regime is an important step in relations between people and will help to strengthen our economic, cultural and scientific relations”, – said the Minister of internal Affairs of Croatia Davor Bozinovic.

The readmission agreement set out clear obligations and procedures for member countries of the EU and Belarus in relation to citizens illegally residing on the territory of another party without permission.

The treaties will enter into force on the first day of the second month after notification of the parties, in all likelihood – July 1, 2020, told in the press service of the Council of the European Union.

Talks between Belarus and the EU on simplification of visa regime was in 2014.

20 Sep 2019 Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has approved draft agreements on simplification of a visa-free regime with the EU. In November, the European Union has declared its readiness to simplify the visa regime with Belarus.

The agreement was signed in Minsk on 8 Jan 2020.

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