The proposed simplification of visa requirements for tourists entering Belarus will be discussed at the meeting of the Coordinating Council on Tourism Development under the Council of Ministers in September.
The Council meeting is likely to take place after September 9th. One of the key issues is the simplification of the visa regime for foreign tourists, particularly from EU.
2011-08-29 BELARUS, LATVIA AGREE TO PROMOTE COOPERATION IN TRUCK CARGO
Belarus and Latvia have agreed to promote cooperation in the international truck cargo.
This partnership was on the agenda of the recent session of the Latvia-Belarus Commission for International truck cargo which took place in Riga.
The parties agreed to exchange additional permit quotas for road haulage. Considering the forecast increase in bilateral trade, the parties will exchange a number of permits for 2012 before December 15th.
The negotiations were also focused on the current state of play of regular and non-regular passenger transportation. The parties agreed to set a trial permit quota for non-regular international passenger bus transportation for 2012.
2011-08-26 NEW BORDER-CROSSING POINT ‘DOMACHEVO’ WILL OPERATE ON BY-PL BORDER
On September 20th, a new border-crossing point “Domachevo” will be opened on Belorussian-Polish border.
It will be able to transit 2500 vehicles per day. The new border-crossing point ‘will significantly relieve the Polish direction and eliminate queues at the border’.
The border-crossing point “Domachevo” is located 45 km away from Brest. It is designed for the citizens, vehicles up to 3.5 tons cargo capacity and mini-buses up to 9 people passenger capacity. The draft carrying capacity of ““Domachevo” is 2500 vehicles. The State Customs Committee is aimed at the on-going improvement of customs clearance checkpoints and the increase of their transit capacity.
2011-08-19 MEDININKAI BORDER-CROSSING POINT (LITHUANIA-BELARUS) TEMPORARILY CLOSED
A scheduled reconstruction is underway at the Lithuanian-Belarusian border checkpoint Medininkai. The final operations will be carried out between 7:00 on 16 August and 7:00 on 23 August. The border checkpoint will be closed down during this period.
Travelers and transporters are advised to plan their travels in advance via the Lithuanian-Belarusian border checkpoints Lavoriškės and Šalčininkai.
2011-08-18 LATVIA AND LITHUANIA WANT TO ORGANISE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TOGETHER
Latvia and Lithuania wish to host the European Basketball Championship for men (age group U-20) jointly in 2012
. The first and second stage games are planned to be held in Liepāja and Klaipėda, but the main tournament – in Kaunas according to the project of Latvian Basketball Union (LBU) and Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LBF).
Such cooperation is the first step on the Latvian-Lithuanian joint efforts to hold the European or World Men’s Basketball Championship together in 2017 or 2018 respectively.
2011-08-10 LATVIA AND BELARUS TAKE OVER THE STREET MUSIC DAY FROM LITHUANIA
The traditional “Street music” festival from Lithuania spills-over to Belarus and Latvia. Andrius Mamontovas, Lithuanian famous musician and actor, as well as the organiser of the festival where everyone willing can bring his/her instruments and perform on the central streets of the cities of Lithuania, has helped the organisers of the festival Minsk and Riga in making this idea live in these capital-cities. The first street music festival in Riga will take place on the 20th of August and in Minsk on the 10th of September (registration of performers – until the 15th of August).
In Riga, the festival will be part of the celebration of the 810th anniversary of the city.Sources: Vilniaus diena, www.streetmusic.by and Rigassvetki.lv
2011-08-02 LITHUANIA AND BELARUS TO FIGHT RABIES TOGETHER
On the 29th of July, 2011 the Lithuanian Food and Veterinary Service and the Belarusian Ministry of Agriculture and Food signed the agreement in Vilnius on wild animal vaccination in the territory of Belarus.
The purpose of this agreement is vaccinating orally the wild animals in Belarus in order to fight the spread of rabies. The European Union will partly finance the project. The vaccine will be scattered up to 50 km from the Lithuanian-Belarusian border, in the total area of 33.000 km2.
Lithuania successfully implements the programme of the elimination of rabies since 2006. The amount of contaminated animals is rapidly reducing. However, the situation remains unsatisfactory in the border regions.