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Hanoi (VNA) - Belarus will allow visa-free entry for citizens from 80 countries, including Vietnam, for visits of up to five days, according to a decree signed by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on January 9.

The relaxed visa rules will apply to visitors who arrive in Belarus by airplane. They will come into force a month after their official publication.

The decree applies to 39 countries in Europe, including the entire European Union, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the US, Japan and other states.

These are favorable countries in terms of migration, Belarus' strategic partners which have introduced visa-free regimes for Belarusian citizens on a unilateral basis.

A valid passport or other document permitting foreign travels, money (equivalent to at least two base amounts for each day of stay in the foreign currency or Belarusian rubles), medical insurance in the amount of at least 10 thousand euro operational in Belarus will be needed for the visa-free entry.

The citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia and Samoa should also have a valid multi-visa to the EU states or the Schengen Area with a mark confirming the entry to their territory, plane tickets with a confirmation of the departure from the Minsk National Airport within five days after the date of the entry. 

The visa-free entry is unapplied to those who arrive in Belarus by airplane from Russia as well as those who plan to leave for Russian airports. The regime is also not applicable to foreign diplomats and officials.-VNA