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19 October 2016

Poland and Algeria abolish visas for diplomatic passport holders

On 18 October 2016, the MFA headquarters hosted the signing of an agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria on the abolition of visas for holders of diplomatic and service passports.

The agreement was signed by MFA Undersecretary of State Joanna Wronecka on behalf of the Polish Government, and by Algerian Ambassador to Poland Salah Lebdioui on behalf of the Algerian Government.

 

“The abolition of diplomatic and service visas will contribute to deepening Polish-Algerian relations, which are already very good and intensive at the governmental and economic levels,” said Deputy Minister Wronecka during the signing ceremony. As the deputy chief of Polish foreign policy emphasized, Algeria is one of Poland’s and the European Union’s priority partners in North Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

Ambassador Lebdioui said that: “Relations between Poland and Africa are flourishing,” which has special significance in the context of the 55th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations which will be marked in 2017. The two sides expressed their hope that a Polish-Algerian Mixed Commission will be promptly established.

 

Once the agreement is in force, Polish nationals holding diplomatic and service passports will be exempt from the obligation to have entry, exit and transit visas in Algeria for a period not exceeding 90 days within 180 days from the date of first entry. The same privilege will be accorded to Algerian nationals in Poland.

 

Poland established diplomatic relations with Algeria in 1962. In 2012, Algeria was put on the list of seven most promising destinations for Polish exports, alongside Brazil, Canada, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Algeria is Poland’s third biggest trading partner in the Arab world (after the UAE and Saudi Arabia), and the second biggest in Africa (after South Africa).

 

MFA Press Office

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