Polish Visa Centres in Belarus

Belarus Passport

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Leszek Szerepka, Polish ambassador to Belarus, informed the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that a contract for Polish visa centres in Belarus has been put out to tender. The centres are expected to start operating by 2016. “I hope that by the end of this year we will have implemented the procedures for issuing visas by the visa centres,” said the ambassador. The centres, which are to be run by an independent contractor, will allow Belarussians to submit visa applications and collect their passports closer to home, eliminating the need to report to the Polish Embassy in person. According to the ambassador, the centres could handle as much as 70-75% of all visa applications currently processed by the Polish Embassy in Belarus. The number of visa applications has been steadily rising in recent years. In 2014, the Embassy issued 402,000 visas, the highest number to date. Despite the fact that using the services of the new visa centres will involve additional costs, the ambassador believes that many applicants will prefer this to the alternative of making several long trips to the Polish Embassy. Similar solutions have been successfully implemented in countries such as Ukraine and Russia.
Gazeta Wyborcza

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