Belarus introduces temporary visa-free regime for Polish citizens
The decision was made by President Alexander Lukashenko to “maintain good neighborly relations,” the State Border Committee of Belarus said. Poland previously announced the completion of the construction of a border fence
Polish citizens are allowed visa-free entry to Belarus from July 1 to December 31, 2022, the State Border Committee reports.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko accepted this decision “to maintain good neighborly relations”; with Poland, specified in the department. The temporary entry order will take effect from 0:00 on Friday.
Citizens of Poland will need to present a valid document for traveling abroad, medical insurance, and when traveling by car— insurance certificate (“green card”). You can cross the border without a visa at checkpoints on the Belarusian-Polish section of the border; Poles will also be allowed to visit the border zone without a pass. The number of days of stay in Belarus should not exceed 90 days in a calendar year.
Earlier, from April 15, the Belarusian authorities temporarily, until December 31, allowed entry without issuing visas for citizens of Lithuania and Latvia, as well as for “persons with the status of a non-citizen of Latvia.”
In response to this, in The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry reminded that the country still has a recommendation not to travel to Belarus— “primarily because of the country's actions against its own citizens.” Vilnius also believes that Minsk is involved in the Russian military operation in Ukraine (the Belarusian authorities have repeatedly said that the country does not participate in it). Latvia made a similar statement.
On June 30, Poland announced the completion of the construction of a fence on the border with Belarus. The construction of the 5m high and 187km long fence began in Warsaw after a sharp increase in the flow of migrants from the Middle East in 2021. Lukashenka said that Minsk would no longer detain illegal immigrants who are trying to get into the European Union through Belarus. Poland accused the republic of deliberately creating a crisis on the border, Minsk denies this.
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