Belarus and Russia have signed an inter-state agreement on the issues related to the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons of international sports events. The agreement was signed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries Vladimir Makei and Sergey Lavrov.
In line with the document foreign fans will be able to travel through Belarus visa-free during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia from 4 June to 25 July. Russia, in turn, will introduce visa-free entry and stay on its territory for foreign fans attending the 2nd European Games in 2019.
MEGOC Head of Accreditation Anton Lyakhov noted that major sports events always attract a large number of spectators and fans.
– Signing the agreement is an essential step in simplifying the entry to Belarus for foreign sports fans and participants of the 2nd European Games, as it opens the Russian direction. Without such an agreement, a few athletes and supporters could use the visa-free entry, moreover, mostly Russian ones. In a certain period of 2019 a citizen of any European country can freely enter Belarus through the territory of Russia. This is a plus for athletes participating in the European Games who can focus on showing their best results. The spectators will enjoy the competitions of the leading athletes of the continent.
Minsk will host the 2nd European Games from June 21 to 30, 2019. The competition program includes 15 sports. 10 sports will be a part of the qualification system for the XXXII Olympic Games 2020. More than 4000 athletes from 50 countries are expected to participate in the largest sports competition in Europe. More than 200 medal events will be played at 12 sports facilities in Minsk region.