Belarus and Russia to have joint travel ban list

The Ministries of Internal Affairs of Belarus and Russia plan to complete the creation of a joint list of banned citizens, as well as to create a joint list of those who are not allowed to leave the countries, BelTA reports.

Following the meeting of the interdepartmental working group in Vitsebsk on February 7, the agencies said they were going to create a joint list of people banned from entering the countries by March 1. It’s been also decided to prepare an agreement to regulate the exchange of information on migration in respect of own citizens, said Head of the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the Interior Ministry of Belarus Alyaksei Byahun.

In connection with the World Hockey Championship in Minsk in 2021 and the matches of the European Football Championship in St. Petersburg in 2020, the parties discussed the possibility of concluding an agreement that would allow citizens of third countries to transit through the territory of Russia and Belarus to participate in international events.

Also, according to the Deputy Head of the Main Department of Migration of the Russian Interior Ministry Dmitriy Demidenko, a draft concept of migration policy of the Union State may be approved in the near future.

The agreement will allow foreign nationals, with whom the two countries have the same regime of stay, to cross the internal border of Belarus and Russia by rail and road.