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Russia-Belarus Common Visa Update
Posted by Andrew Glenister on 17 December 2020 11:31 AM

As of 19th June 2020, Russia and Belarus signed an agreement on the mutual recognition of visas which would allow those holding a visa for one of these countries to enter, leave, and stay in the other country during the visa validity period. 

On the 10th December, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko authorised the creation of a law to ratify the intergovernmental Belarusian-Russian agreement on the mutual recognition of visas. 

The respective law is now due to be signed by the Russian side and will come into effect 30 days after this is signed by the Russian government. 

What will the new common visa allow? 

Foreign citizens will be able to move between Russia and Belarus by air, rail, or car, solving the issue of foreign nationals being denied entry to Russia from Belarus over land. The visa will allow the holder a maximum stay of 90 days. 

Please note: This does not apply to foreign citizens who are eligible to enter one of these countries on a visa-free basis. If a visa is required for another country, it is still necessary to apply for it in advance. 

Kind regards, 

The Real Russia Team 

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