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Belarus, Latvia seek to ease local border traffic permits rules

18.06.2013 08:27Belta
The possibility of simplifying the rules for issuing local border traffic permits was discussed at the Belarus and Latvia ministerial consultations in Minsk on 14 June
The Belarusian delegation was led by Chief of the Consular Directorate of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus Alexander Ostrovsky. The Latvian delegation was headed by Director of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Inita Dzene.

The parties discussed the progress in the implementation of the local border traffic agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Republic of Latvia. The delegations agreed that the agreement helped intensify interpersonal contacts between citizens and improve bilateral relations in general.

The intergovernmental agreement on local border traffic for the residents of the border areas of Belarus and Latvia took effect on 1 February 2012. The agreement provides for simplified (visa-free) order of border crossing by residents of border areas, who permanently live in the border areas not less than one year, irrespective of their nationality, if they have a permit for local border traffic issued by a competent authority of the other Party, and a travel document (passport, or other document, allowed by the legislation). The permit will be valid from one to five years and will cost €20. Pensioners, disabled persons and children under 18 may be exempted from the fee on reciprocal basis.