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Visa News

by hidden europe


A chance to visit Belarus without a visa, and a tweak to the visa regulations in the Russian port of Murmansk are just two of the latest changes to visa regimes in Europe.

While Britain is busy strengthening its borders, the process of relaxing visa regimes across much of the continent continues apace. The Schengen nations — 26 of them in all — look set to grant visa-free access to holders of Georgian and Ukrainian passports. The new arrangement with Georgia may even come into effect before the end of the year, all part of the dividend for Georgian voters having re-elected the incumbent Georgian Dream party which is dutifully pro-NATO and pro-EU.

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