Poland to Waive Visa Fees for Belarusian Children and Young People
Belarusian children and young people will be eligible to visit Poland without the need to pay in order to obtain a visa, the Polish Embassy announces.
Belarusian citizens aged 6 to 18 and young people under 25, who participate in seminars, conferences, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations will no longer need to pay for Poland short-term visa application, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Even though the visa facilitation agreement between European Union and Belarus is under process, Jacek Czaputowicz, Poland Minister of Foreign Affairs has already signed a resolution to waive Schengen visa fees for Belarusian citizens, on February 26, 2020.
“The zero fee will be valid in Belarus through December 31, 2020. Applicants shall not be exempted from fees when applying for a review of the Schengen or national visa decision” the embassy reads in a statement.
The bill of ratifying the Belarus and European Union agreement, for facilitating visa process will be discussed into the House of Representatives of Belarus, the Chairman of the International Affairs Commission of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Andrei Savinykh has announced.
Belarus and the EU signed an agreement on facilitating visa procedures, during a meeting held in Brussels, Belgium, on January 8, 2020.
Later in the same month, the EU Delegation to Belarus pointed out that due to the new EU regulation visa fees for Belarusians would increase to €80 just as for most world citizens. However, they also explained that when the Visa Facilitation Agreement enters into force visa fees will decrease from €80 to €35, for Belarusian nationals.
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