Belarus, Russia set to establish joint entry visa

Russia and Belarus are planning to establish a joint entry visa of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, the head of Belarusian State Boarder Committee, Igor Rachkovsky, said on Thursday.

"We have set out to prepare a document ... and submit it to the presidents [of both states]," Rachkovsky said without specifying the terms.

Rachkovsky said the issue on the joint Russian-Belarusian visa policy came in the wake of frequent cases when citizens of the other countries, who are forbidden to come to Russia, get a Belarusian visa and then legally move to Russia without an appropriate visa.

Last year, Russia and Belarus combined their databases so undesirable people for Russia cannot come to Belarus either," Rachkovsky said, adding that Russian nationals living in Belarus will be forbidden to visit other countries if their freedom of travel is restricted in Russia.

The Union State of Russia and Belarus was formed in 1997 in order to provide a greater political, economic, and social integration.

MINSK, November 25 (RIA Novosti)


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