Updated at 11:30,08-12-2016

Belarus and Latvia signed agreement on simplification of exit and entry procedures for border territories dwellers

The document was signed on August 23 during a one-day visit of the head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Syarhei Martynau to Latvia.

The agreement gives dwellers of border areas - including residents of Daugavpils, Latvia's second-largest city - to be issued with multilateral free border crossing permits for the purpose of visiting relatives, burial places, and cultural events. They are valid for from one to five years. The cost of permits is to be 20 Euro, BelaPAN informs.

The list of towns for which the agreement is applied, among others include Braslau, Verkhnedzvinsk, Miyory, Vidzy from the Belarusian side, and Daugavpils, Dagda, Zilupe and Kraslava form the Latvian side. The agreement is to be enforced after the sides perform appropriate internal state procedures.