Belarusian nationals may enter all countries whose citizens enjoy permanent visa-free access to Belarus, with the exception of the United Arab Emirates. Among the countries with brief visa-free access under a pilot programme, Belarusian citizens enjoy visa-free access to Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, Micronesia, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles and Vanuatu. The VISA FACILITATION and Readmission Agreements between the EU and Belarus enter into force today. These agreements are an important step towards strengthening the EU`s commitment to the Belarusian population and civil society. They will pave the way for improving citizens` mobility, facilitate travel from Belarus to the EU and help strengthen ties between Belarus and the EU. Holders of diplomatic passports are exempt from the visa requirement. This Agreement applies to short-term travel, defined as a stay not exceeding 90 days in a period of 180 days. Belarusian visitors must obtain a visa from one of the Belarusian diplomatic representations, unless they come from one of the visa-free countries or their visa has been previously authorized for pick-up on arrival. The single visa-free zone “Brest – Grodno” was defined by a presidential decree signed in August 2019 and has been in force since 10 November 2019.   MINSK, July 1 (BelTA) – The agreements on visa facilitation and readmission between Belarus and the European Union entered into force on July 1, BelTA reports. In November 2017, statistics were published showing that 54,000 foreigners visited Belarus through the Visa Waiver Program, mainly citizens of Germany, Poland, Italy, the United States and the United Kingdom.
 The agreement guarantees full respect for human rights and other obligations under international agreements. Visa statistics demonstrate the growing importance of eu-Belarus relations. In 2019, the number of Schengen visa applications in Belarus reached almost 650,000. The conclusion of an agreement to facilitate the issuance of visas is an important step in relations between our citizens and will help to strengthen our economic, cultural and scientific relations. The Council today adopted two decisions on the conclusion of a visa facilitation agreement and a readmission agreement with Belarus. The visa facilitation agreement makes it easier for Belarusian citizens to obtain short-term visas to enter the European Union, with visa fees generally reduced to €35 and waived for certain categories of travellers. In addition, service fees are now limited and the time for consulates to decide on a visa application is shortened. Several categories of travelers, including journalists, students and members of official delegations, can obtain multiple entry visas with an increasingly long validity (up to 5 years), while they must provide less supporting documents to prove their purpose of travel. Belarus has already unilaterally taken steps to facilitate short-term visa waiver for EU citizens arriving in Minsk. .