Ukrainians to travel to Belarus only with international passports, - Foreign Ministry

The citizens of Ukraine will be able to travel to Belarus only with international passports (the respective regime is introduced in 2017), while Belarusians will travel to Ukraine with their internal IDs.

Censor.NET reports citing Foreign Ministry press service.

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"Given the ICAO requirements for the use of travel documents containing a machine-readable zone (the passport of a citizen of Ukraine does not contain an MRZ), as well as the safety of such documents, the Belarusian side has suggested that the citizens of Ukraine travel to Belarus only with international passports (the Belarusians enter Ukraine with their internal passports being international ones as well)," the statement notes.

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The above regime of entering Belarus solely with international passports will be introduced at the international airports from Jan. 1, 2017, at the international and inter-state rail and road transport border crossing points - from April 1, 2017, at the local checkpoints across the state border - from Jan. 1, 2018.

The Ukrainian side proposed to simplify the regime of crossing the Belarusian-Ukrainian border for citizens of Ukraine who live in border regions, in particular, by amending the corresponding bilateral agreement.

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