MOSCOW, July 1 (BelTA) – The Belarus-Russia Agreement on Mutual Visa Recognition will enter into force at the end of 2020 – early 2021, Belarus` Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko said at an online briefing on July 1 on the eve of Belarus Independence Day, BelTA. “The agreement was signed in Minsk on 19 June 2020. The document aims to regulate migration processes on the territory of EU Member States. The agreement provides that foreign nationals and stateless persons have the right to enter, leave, remain and cross the territory of Belarus and Russia on the basis of a visa and identity documents. As a result, the Belarusian visa system has the right to issue valid visas on the territory of Russia,” said Olga Petrashova, Vice-President of the Standing Committee on International Affairs. Created by a presidential decree signed in August 2019, the only visa-free zone “Brest – Grodno” has been in force since 10 November 2019.  Legislation replaced previous decrees, which established two separate visa-exempt zones: the Brest region, including The Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park (since June 2015) and the Augustov Canal area, including Grodno (since October 2016).  In December 2019, a visa waiver agreement was signed with Albania for ordinary passport holders.  On 12 December 2018, the then Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, signed a government resolution on the signing of an agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on the mutual recognition of reciprocal visas and other issues relating to the entry of foreign states and stateless citizens. , signatories to the Treaty establishing a State of the Union.
It should resolve the issue of the transit of third-country nationals with Russian or Belarusian visas on the territory of both countries. “Now foreign citizens have the opportunity to visit both countries on the national visa of one of them. The agreement thus solves the problems of third-country nationals crossing the belarus-Russia border,” Makei said.