Analysis of various aspects of mobility between the EU and Belarus by EAST Center research fellow Andrei Yeliseyeu is published in the Issue 32 of Belarus-Analysen. This edition contains a lot of tables and infographics on the issue of mobility between the EU and Belarus.
The article gives an overview of unilateral Belarus’ initiatives to ease entry for foreigners since 2014, analyses challenges and prospects of the visa facilitation agreement between the EU and Belarus, and presents statistics on Schengen visa issuance in Belarus as well as the state of things with the local border traffic regimes between Belarus, on the one side, Poland and Lithuania, on the other.
Since 2014 Belarus has adopted a number of facilitations of entry for foreigners. The most significant of them was introduction of 5 day visa-free entry through the Minsk international airport for the citizens of 80 countries in February 2017 (see the map).
While Belarus gradually opens up for foreigners on its own terms, two important tools of mobility are either still being negotiated or put on hold. Belarus remains the only EaP country without a visa facilitation agreement with the EU. Furthermore, Belarus suspends the launch of the local border traffic agreements with Poland and Lithuania since 2010.
To download the Issue 32 of Belarus-Analysen (in German)