Proposal for the partial suspension of the EU-Belarus Visa Facilitation Agreement

29 Sep: Questions and Answers – Proposal for the partial suspension of the EU-Belarus Visa Facilitation Agreement

(Source: European Commission)

What is the purpose of the EU-Belarus Visa Facilitation Agreement?

The Agreement facilitates the issuance of short-stay visas to the citizens of the Union and of Belarus. Under the Agreement, the visa fee is generally reduced to €35 and waived for certain categories of travellers. The service fee is also limited and the deadline for consulates to take a decision on a visa application is shortened. The Agreement is intended to contribute to enhancing people-to-people contacts and a sharing of values. It entered into force on 1 July 2020.

Why is the Commission proposing the partial suspension of the …