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05.12.2017

Kotlovka checkpoint e-queue guide, Belarus
Kotlovka checkpoint e-queue guide, Belarus The Belarus State Border Committee reports that the traffic order has changed at the international road border crossing point "Kotlovka" on the Belarusian side of the border with Lithuania after the introduction of an electronic queue system. Now you can drive both in the order of a live queue, and according to a previously booked time. The State Border Committee has also announced an algorithm for those drivers who want to use the paid service and book a convenient time for themselves to cross the border. To do this you need to:

29.10.2017

How will Belarusian passport change in 2019?
Belarus to switch to biometric passports, ID cards by 2019 Today there are four main colors of passports in the world. Red and its shades are the colors of passports of Singapore and nearly all the citizens of the EU. Black is the color of passports in New Zealand and some African states. Green is typical for Muslim countries and blue is the color of novelty and diplomacy- 77 countries together with Belarus have chosen this color.

07.09.2017

Automated registration system launched at Kotlovka checkpoint
Automated registration system launched at Kotlovka checkpoint Simplified border crossing, but at the same time a reliable barrier to smuggling. This is what the cutting-edge technologies and modern means of inspection bring Belarusian border guards. These systems are now being installed at a number of checkpoints in Belarus. On September 7, an automated system for registration of citizens, goods and transport will begin operation at the Kotlovka checkpoint.

13.08.2017

Illegal migrants detained on Minsk-Vilnius motorway
Illegal migrants detained on Minsk-Vilnius motorway A channel of illegal migration of Indian residents from Moscow to the EU has been suppressed. Thanks to the joint work of Belarusian and Lithuanian specialists it was possible to determine the organizers of the crime. A vehicle conducted by a resident of Belarus was detained in the Oshmyany district on the Minsk-Vilnius motorway. He was transporting two foreigners, who called themselves residents of India.

06.06.2017

How visa-free regime changed work of Belarusian border points
How visa-free regime changed work of Belarusian border points The World Hockey Championship in 2021 will add work to Belarusian border guards. The previous world championship confirmed their high professionalism, however, this year has already marked a new stage of service for Belarusian border guards. Belarus has opened a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 states. And if you look at Europe, you can see that border security today comes to the forefront.

18.05.2017

Belarus Foreign Ministry: Belarus has its own agreement on visa-free border crossing procedure with Ukraine
Belarus Foreign Ministry: Belarus has its own agreement on visa-free border crossing procedure with Ukraine The introduction of visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens into the European Union will by no means affect Belarusians who want to visit the neighboring state. It was stated by Belarus’ Foreign Ministry on May 18, 2017. No additional checking events in connection with Ukraine’s visa-free regime to the EU countries will be implemented when crossing the Belarus-Ukraine border.

14.04.2017

Belarusian Railways testing experimental train Minsk-Vilnius: without stops and border control
Belarusian Railways testing experimental train Minsk-Vilnius: No stops and border control on the way The first experimental train Minsk-Vilnius left in the morning on April 12. The essence of the test is that passengers passed border and customs control directly at the departure station. The purpose of the unusual experiment is to reduce travel time. However, the procedure has yet to be optimized. Boarding the train began 45 minutes prior to departure. Box offices asked the passengers to come in advance. Already at 7.15, customs officers and border guards were waiting near the cars. The first step was checking documents.

22.03.2017

Belarus customs disclose antique icon in parcel from USA
Belarus customs disclose antique icon in parcel from USA Minsk regional customs have disclosed an antique Smolensk icon of the Mother of God in a parcel from the USA. According to the declaration, the parcel should have contained a picture with a frame. During an inspection by the customs officers, the gilded icon in silver riza and wrapped in polythene film and paper was found. The icon was limned in the second half of the 19th century and is a cultural heritage. It is roughly estimated at $4,000.

23.02.2017

Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years
Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years The difficult situation emerging in the south-east of Ukraine again became the topic of discussion on 23 February at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. It commented on the mechanism permitting Ukrainian refugees a temporary residence in the country, responding to a question about the status of Donetsk and Lugansk passports. Dmitry Mironchik said the President of Belarus in August 2014 adopted a decree that which contains a number of rules that enable migrants to avoid serious problems in the process.

15.02.2017

Visa-free regime in Belarus
Welcome to visa-free Belarus! This week names of stations in the Minsk underground are again pronounced both in the Belarusian and the English languages. Belarusians thought: ‘Are we going to have another Ice Hockey Championship, but do not know about it?’ No, they are not. This was done for the sake of tourists who will come to Belarus without visas. At midnight on February 12, 2017 the visa-free regime for five days for citizens of 80 states, including those of the European Union, came into force in Belarus.

02.09.2016

Electronic queue on border between Belarus and EU: checkpoint Brest
Electronic queue on border between Belarus and EU: checkpoint Brest The first electronic queue has been commissioned on the border between Belarus and the European Union. The new rules will be in place at the checkpoint Brest. More than 200 cars at the checkpoint Brest in the middle of the working day is a usual thing. About 3,000 cars per day go through this checkpoint connecting Belarus with Poland.

01.09.2016

Electronic queue on Belarus-EU border from September 1, 2016
Electronic queue on Belarus-EU border from September 1, 2016 The first electronic queue has been commissioned on the border between Belarus and the European Union. The new rules will be in place from 1 September at the checkpoint Brest.  Now cars in the waiting area will be registered by the operator and the license plate number of the car and the turn number will be displayed on an electronic screen.  Thus, all the drivers will know who is behind whom. No one can illegally take someone else's place as it earlier happened. 

13.07.2016

Belarus plans to reduce customs clearance time
Belarus plans to reduce customs clearance time Revenues from transit in Belarus will increase to $1.5 billion. The Council of Ministers of Belarus discussed the program of development of transport capacity in 2016-2020.  The volume of logistics services are expected to grow by 1.5 times and there will be much more warehouse space.

31.05.2016

Automatic control of transit goods in 4 Belarusian checkpoints from June 1
Automatic control of transit goods at 4 Belarusian checkpoints to begin June 1 Belarusian customs has introduced contactless automatic release of transit goods. This means that a computer, not an official, will control trucks. The experiment began in November 2015 at the checkpoint Bruzgi-2. The contactless system reduced the queues and saved time, because about 4,500 trucks undergo customs clearance every day. 

18.04.2016

Belarus introduces customs restrictions on expensive goods purchased abroad frequently
Belarus introduces customs restrictions on expensive goods frequently purchased abroad From April 14, new limits on goods purchased abroad were introduced in Belarus. Our correspondents decided to make an experiment to find out all the peculiarities of the innovation. Alexandra Kulakova continues the topic. Alexandra Kulakova, correspondent: Belarusians often go abroad for shopping. Starting from 14 April, some restrictions were imposed on the import of goods. So what difficulties will shopaholics face?In the first weekend after the innovations, we go to the border to find out all the details.

11.03.2016

a Belarusian-Polish customs station
Traffic capacity of Belarusian-Polish customs stations to increase by half The traffic capacity of the Belarusian-Polish customs stations will increase by half. It became possible thanks to the advanced technologies implemented in the process of the vehicle and freight customs clearance on both sides of the Belarusian-Polish border. The issue was raised at the meeting of the Belarusian and Polish customs authorities in the checkpoint Bruzgi situated in the Grodno region.

27.01.2016

Airport customs
Insights into work of Minsk National Airport customs Illegally imported dollars in the amount of 1.5 million, drugs and rare coins of the Russian Empire were seized by the customs officers of the Minsk National Airport.  The CTV’s crew managed to gain insights into the work of the customs control.  The crew’s members tried putting themselves in customs officers’ shoes, while the officers were acting as smugglers.

21.06.2015

E-queue at Belarus borders due by the end of 2015
E-queue at Belarus borders due by the end of 2015 The system of electronic queue at the border to appear in Belarus before the end of 2015. This was reported by the State Border Committee. The experiment at the checkpoints Kozlovichi and Kamenny Log confirmed the demand for this service. In the test mode, the electronic queue was taken by about 2,000 people. The novelty allowed significantly reducing the waiting time at the border. 

01.04.2015

Belarus imposes restrictions on car imports Belarus has imposed restrictions on the import of cars. Now, before you register at the traffic police office a car produced earlier than in 2007, you must confirm that its ecological class is not lower than 4.  The required document proving the ecological class may be obtained, for example, at a special laboratory. Basically, the procedure is associated with the checking of domestic and foreign car databases.