Belarus ratifies agreement with Latvia on border resident travel

MINSK, December 2 (Itar-Tass) - Belarus has ratified an agreement with Latvia on easier visa rules for residents of borderline territories.

The document was signed in Riga August 2010, Deputy Foreign Minister Valery Voronetsky said presenting the document to the parliament on Thursday.

People permanently residing within 50 kilometers of the Belarusian-Latvian border for no less than twelve months are covered by the new rules. They can stay on the territory of the neighbouring country for no more than 90 days during a six-month period. Special permits for cross-border movement will cost 20 euros.

"Ratification of the agreement meets national interests of Belarus and its citizens. It will contribute to further development of Belarusian-Latvian relations, stronger economic, scientific, cultural and familial ties between the two nations," Voronetsky said.


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