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The agreement guarantees full respect for human rights and other obligations under international conventions. MINSK, July 1 (BelTA) – Agreements on visa facilitation and readmission between Belarus and the European Union came into force on July 1, BelTA reports. Read more: eeas.europa.eu/delegations/belarus/79984/node/79984_en information on mobile digital visas e-resident.gov.ee/nomadvisa/ „Both agreements have been supported in meeting the needs of the Belarusian population, but they should not be interpreted as a breakthrough in EU-Belarus relations. The Belarusian authorities must make considerable efforts to achieve tangible results, respect fundamental freedoms, the rule of law and human rights. The electoral processes and the political system in Belarus do not respect European and international standards and do not guarantee and protect universal fundamental freedoms. In the 2019 parliamentary elections, there were significant procedural flaws, including restrictive measures against opposition parties and candidates, and did not show any improvement in democracy. The Council today adopted two decisions on an agreement to facilitate the issuance of visas and a readmission agreement with Belarus. Read more: vm.ee/en/news/estonia-temporarily-suspends-issuing-schengen-visas Belarus is informed of the conclusions of these agreements, which come into force on the first day of the second month following notification. This is expected on July 1, 2020. Visa issuance: Monday to Thursday 15.00-16.00.

Tonight, MEPs voted in favour of the conclusion of visa facilitation and readmission agreements between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus. The renewal of Europe sees this as a positive development in relations between the EU and Belarus, which directly benefits the people of Belarus. From now on, Belarusian citizens will benefit from a simplified mobility system and a well-managed and safe environment for freedom of movement. These changes will also improve contacts between the EU and Belarusian citizens. „The situation in Belarus is worrying and the EU must take a firm stand against human rights violations committed by public authorities. At the same time, we must not leave the Belarusian people behind, especially in these difficult times. That is why I am pleased that the European Parliament has approved the agreement between the European Union and Belarus on the facilitation of visa procedures. It is a clear sign that we want to promote continued cooperation between us, support contacts between citizens and help civil society prosper. Please note that our Embassy only accepts pre-filled online application forms to apply for a Schengen visa.

Please use the FORM LINE APPLICATION. The completed application form must be printed, signed and submitted to the Embassy. „Today is a concrete step that will bring Europeans and Belarusians closer together. The visa facilitation agreement will allow EU citizens and Belarusians to travel more freely, and the readmission agreement will also help to combat irregular migration and benefit both Belarus and the EU. The visa facilitation and readmission agreements were signed in Brussels on 8 January 2020. The documents were ratified by the National Assembly of Belarus and approved by the European Parliament.