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Belarus and Vietnam Poised for Full Visa Abolition, Boosting Tourism

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Hadeel Hashem
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Belarus and Vietnam Poised for Full Visa Abolition, Boosting Tourism

In a significant boost to international tourism and bilateral relations, Belarus and Vietnam are on the brink of ratifying an agreement for full visa abolition between the two nations. The arrangement, announced by the Belarusian Ambassador to Vietnam, Vladimir Borovikov, is anticipated to take effect in 2024. The move is set to encourage more Belarusian citizens to explore the captivating beauty of Vietnamese resorts and foster deeper cultural exchanges.

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Belarusian Interest in Vietnam

Highlighting the surging interest of Belarusians in Vietnam, Ambassador Borovikov noted that the visa-free agreement will further enhance tourist influx. However, the effectiveness of the agreement relies heavily on its ratification, which is expected to progress smoothly. The popularity of Vietnam among Belarusian tourists underlines the potential for increased economic and cultural interactions following the visa abolition.

Existing Visa-Free Entry

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Presently, a visa-free entry agreement exists between Vietnam and Belarus, which was recently expanded to allow Belarusian citizens a 45-day stay in Vietnam without a visa, a significant increase from the previous 15-day limit. This progressive liberalization of travel restrictions exemplifies the strengthening relationship between the two countries and the shared commitment to fostering tourism.

Possibility of Visa Abolition with Thailand

Adding to the promising developments, the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Thailand in Belarus, Ivan Chura, mentioned potential visa abolition for Belarusians by Thailand. While there are no official documents signed to this effect yet, the Belarusian side remains hopeful for a positive outcome. Such a move would mark another significant milestone in Belarus's international relations and potentially boost the country's tourism sector further.

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