Belarus to cancel visas with Brazil, Ecuador

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Belarus to cancel visas with Brazil, Ecuador

Belarus has completed the domestic ratification procedures in line with agreements with Brazil and Ecuador on the abolition of visas. The texts of these agreements were published at the national legal website on January 6.

The agreement between the governments of Belarus and Brazil on visa abolition for short trips was ratified by the virtue of the relevant Belarus' law as of December 29, 2014.

The document reads that the two governments wanting to ensure the principle of reciprocity and provide visa-free travel of citizens of both countries, as well as for the further development of friendly relations and strengthening of close ties, agreed that the citizens of Belarus and Brazil, with valid documents for traveling abroad, may enter, exit, transit and stay on the territory of the other state for tourist or business purposes without a visa for a period not exceeding 90 days per one calendar year from the date of first entry.

The aforementioned period may be extended once for a period of 90 days by the competent authorities of the receiving state.

The agreement also stipulates that citizens of both countries are required to obtain the necessary visa in accordance with the law if they intend to stay on the territory of the other state for a period exceeding 90 days to carry out income-generating activities, including labor, be involved in research, training, study and social work, as well as provide technical support and engage in missionary, religious, artistic or any other activity.

The document will come into force 90 days from the date of receipt through diplomatic channels of the last written notification of the completion by Belarus and Brazil of internal procedures that are necessary for this purpose.

The agreement between the governments of Belarus and Venezuela on the mutual abolition of visas was ratified in line with the Belarusian law of 29 December 2014.

For the further development of bilateral relations and wishing to simplify mutual travels of citizens of the two states, the parties agreed that the owners of valid travel documents are exempted from the visa requirement for entry, exit and transit through the territory of the other party, provided that the duration of their continuous stay in the territory the state does not exceed 30 days from the date of their entry.

The total duration of their stay cannot exceed 90 days in any one calendar year.

The document also states that citizens who intend to reside permanently in the territory of the other state for more than 30 days (except for members of the crews of vehicles engaged in international transport of goods and passengers) are required to obtain a visa in accordance with the legislation.

This agreement will enter into force 30 days after the date of receipt through diplomatic channels of the last written notification of the completion by Belarus and Ecuador of internal procedures that are necessary for its entry into force.