Belarus has extended until the end of this year the visa-free entry procedure for residents of Lithuania and Latvia when making short trips to the republic. This was announced today, May 15, by the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.
“Taking into account the positive feedback and numerous wishes of foreign citizens, the head of the Belarusian state decided to extend the right of visa-free entry, exit and stay in the Republic of Belarus for citizens of Lithuania and Latvia until the end of 2022,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Minsk said that this step would allow citizens of neighboring states to get an objective idea of modern Belarus, its politics and economy, and get to know the culture of the people better.
“Such a constructive approach, based primarily on the interests of ordinary people, can serve as a guide for our Western neighbors in terms of finding ways to normalize relations and the difficult situation in the region,” the republic’s Foreign Ministry noted.
Earlier, the Belarusian authorities introduced a visa-free procedure for entering the country for residents of Lithuania and Latvia for the period from April 15 to May 15. According to the State Border Committee, from April 15 to May 4, more than 18 thousand residents of these countries entered Belarus.
“The practice of visa-free travel has demonstrated the significant interest of foreign citizens in Belarus,” the Foreign Ministry said.
“During the month, the number of citizens of the Baltic states who visited Belarus has been steadily growing. And this is despite the openly anti-Belarusian propaganda carried out by the authorities of Lithuania and Latvia and the intimidation of their citizens with misinformation about the situation in Belarus,” the ministry added.