: Ukrainians will soon only be allowed into Belarus with foreign passports

20:18 Apr. 6, 2016

Ukrainians will soon only be allowed into Belarus with foreign passports

The Ukrainian-Belarusian Border (UNIAN Photo)

The new regime will take effect on January 1, 2017

Starting next year, Ukrainians will only be authorized to enter Belarus with their foreign passports, the press service of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry states.

However, Belarusians will be able to visit Ukraine with their internal passports.

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"Given the ICAO requirements on using machine-readable zone passports to cross borders (Ukrainians' passports do not contain a machine-readable properties) as well as safety of such documents, Belarusian officials proposed allowing Ukrainians to enter Belarus only with their foreign passports. Belarusian citizens can enter Ukraine with their internal passports which also serve as passports for travelling abroad," said the Foreign Ministry.

The new entry regime for Ukrainians will be implemented gradually - from international airports to local border checkpoints.

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Since January 1 2016, Ukrainians have been prohibited from entering Belarus with their ID-cards (the newly introduced internal passports), because these documents are not envisaged in the 2009 Ukraine-Belarus agreement on visa-free travel. Moreover, Belarus does not have relevant devices to check ID cards.



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