The draft of the agreement will enable the football fans to transit through Belarus to Russia for the FIFA World Cup 2018 and the idea is to reach the final agreement before the tournament starts. Travelling by land from Belarus to Russia is at the moment not possible, due to the border regulations between these two countries.
The document is currently in Russia for consideration and further meetings are soon to be expected.
Aleksei Begun, Head of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Belarusian Interior Ministry, said: “First of all, visa-free transit using fan passports. Besides, the document will allow people, who have not obtained fan passports due to certain circumstances, to transit Belarus using Russian visas. They will also be able to cross the country on their way back after the world football championship is over”.
The abridged version will be in force until the full document about the mutual visa recognition gets published. The work on the mutual visa is in the process for two years already.
The proximity of the World Cup may accelerate the whole process of decision-making.
This year’s FIFA World Cup is organised in Russia and it will take place from 14th June to 15th July. Eleven selected cities will host the games (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara).