Belarus and China signed an intergovernmental agreement on mutual visa-free entry for ordinary sitizens in Qingdao on 10 June. Belarus has thus become one of the first European countries to establish visa-free travel with China.
Earlier, the Chinese citizens paid $30 for a single entry visa to Belarus. The cost of a multiple annual Chinese visa for Belarusians was $90.
The document was concluded following the negotiations between the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and the President of China Xi Jinping.
According to experts, mutual abolition of visas will open new opportunities for cooperation not only in tourism, but also in trade, culture, education and other fields. The parties also signed a number of cooperation documents in other areas. In particular, an intergovernmental agreement on technical and economic assistance was concluded.
In 2017, more than 3.2 thousand Chinese tourists visited Belarus. Visa-free regime for organized tourist groups from China has been in force for several years. The Chinese can also take advantage of a five-day visa-free regime in Belarus.
Belarusian official have repeatedly stated that the country is interested in the inflow of visitors from the East. The two countries are actively developing business projects with the construction of the Great Stone industrial park underway.