What is the change? Belarus is offering visa-free travel for soccer fans traveling to Russia to attend 2018 FIFA World Cup matches.
What does the change mean? To be eligible for visa-free travel, foreign nationals must present a valid travel passport and a Fan ID (electronic or paper) at the Belarus border checkpoint. When entering Belarus (e.g., from Poland), foreign nationals must hold a health insurance policy that is valid in Belarus and obtain a migration card, which is mandatory for staying and registering in Russia. Multiple visa-free entries are available until July 15 and visa-free exits are available until July 25. There are no international checkpoints at the Belarus-Russia border, according to the Union State agreement between the two countries.
Additional information: Soccer fans taking advantage of the visa-free travel through Belarus must follow the routes below when they cross the physical border between Belarus and Russia.
BAL Analysis: The new visa-free option for soccer fans will ease travel to Russia through Belarus to attend 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer matches.
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