Eastern Europe

Lukashenko inks law on ratification of visa agreement with Russia

10:59, 10 December 2020
Lukashenko inks law on ratification of visa agreement with Russia Photo: Kremlin Pool/Global Look Press

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed a law on the ratification of the intergovernmental agreement with Russia on the mutual recognition of visas, as well as several other issues related to the entry of foreigners and stateless persons on the territory of the countries participating in the Treaty on the Establishment of the Union State, TASS reports.


In autumn, this law was passed by the House of Representatives (lower house) and then approved by the Council of the Republic (upper house) of the Belarus National Assembly.

The agreement on the mutual recognition of visas was signed on June 19, 2020, by the foreign ministers of Russia and Belarus.

The agreement implies that citizens of third countries with visas from one of the countries participating in the agreement will have the right to enter and stay in the territory of another country during the validity of the visa, crossing the border of the Russian Federation and Belarus by rail, plane or car along one of the main roads. At the same time, both countries have the right to deny entry to such persons.

NEWS.ru earlier reported that the departure of citizens from Belarus through ground checkpoints will be suspended due to the epidemiological situation.