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Lithuania grants entry to over 200 Belarusians for humanitarian reasons

BC, Vilnius, 15.09.2020.Print version
Lithuania has to date granted entry to 205 Belarusian nationals for special humanitarian reasons, including 54 who are already in the country, the Interior Ministry said LETA/BNS.

"We worked out a plan of measures immediately after massive protests started in the neighboring country and we are still closely monitoring the political situation in Belarus," Interior Minister Rita Tamasuniene said. 

"We are ready to continue to help Belarusian citizens who need protection due to the threats and political circumstances they face," she added.   

According to the ministry, such permits are issued after receiving a reasoned recommendation from the Foreign Ministry to grant entry to a foreign national due to special humanitarian reasons, such as political circumstances or other threats.

Belarusian nationals seeking to come to Lithuania for special humanitarian reasons must apply to the Lithuanian embassy to Belarus for a Schengen visa and provide information confirming that they have special humanitarian reasons.

A Schengen visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen Area for a maximum stay of up to 90 days.

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