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Belarus approves draft agreements on visas, readmission with EU

Belarus has completed domestic procedures on visa facilitation and readmission agreements with the European Union, Anatoly Glaz, Head of the Information and Digital Diplomacy Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on 20 September.

He also added that these agreements will be concluded in a package and will enter into force on the same day. However, the documents should be ratified by the National Assembly of Belarus and approved by the European Parliament before that.

The readmission agreement provides for a two-year transition period for Belarus in relation to the readmission of citizens of third countries. In accordance with the joint declaration accompanying the agreement, the European Union will be obliged to provide technical and financial assistance in this field. In accordance with the visa facilitation agreement between Belarus and the EU, the Schengen visa fees will be reduced from 60 to 35, and the decision of the issue of a visa will be made within 10 days (the period can be increased to 30 days in case of additional checks).

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