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Five-day visa-free travel to Belarus

Five-day visa-free travel to Belarus

The five-day visa-free regime of entry will come into force in Belarus on 12 February 2017.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko's decree No. 8 “On the introduction of the visa-free entry and departure for foreign citizens” was officially published on the National Legal Internet Portal on 11 January. The citizens of 80 countries will be able to start using its benefits in the middle of February.

The decree introduces the visa-free entry through the border checkpoint at the Minsk National Airport and the visa-free stay in Belarus for up to 5 days.

Visa-free stay in Belarus may be extended to ten days
11 August, 19:00
Vitaly Naumchik told the media that the Interior Ministry is busy working on the extension of visa-free stay together with the government bodies concerned.
No increase in crime rate in Belarus since launch of visa-free program
11 August, 18:01
There has been no increase in the crime rate in Belarus since the launch of the visa-free entry, First Deputy Head of the Citizenship and Migration Department at the Belarusian Interior Ministry Vitaly Naumchik told the media on 11 August.
Plans to extend registration-free stay in Belarus from five to ten days
11 August, 14:12
“The Interior Ministry has drafted a bill on amendments and additions to the law on the legal status of foreign citizens in Belarus. The bill will extend the period of registration-free stay in Belarus from five to ten days,” Vitaly Naumchik said.
Taleb Rifai
Opinion: Visa-free stay in Belarus should be extended
31 July, 11:48
Taleb Rifai noted that the five-day visa-free program has had a positive impact on the tourism image of Belarus. The results are obvious. Visitor numbers are growing at an impressive pace. This means that was the right decision to make, the expert said.
Viktor Liskovich and Bogdan Dyjuk
Belarus, Poland to continue joint promotion of Augustow Canal
20 July, 20:01
The key goal of the joint efforts is to present the Augustow Canal as a single tourist attraction for tourists from Belarus and Poland as well as potential foreign visitors, including the promotion of the Augustow Canal using a single brand in the two countries and other countries.
Mikhail Portnoi
Proposal to extend period of visa-free stay in Belarus to ten days
6 July, 14:34
We are working with other ministries to increase the period of visa-free stay in our country, Belarusian Deputy Sport and Tourism Minister Mikhail Portnoi said.
Dmitry Medvedev
Call for closer coordination of migration policy in Belarus-Russia union
16 June, 17:28
Dmitry Medvedev remarked that Belarus and Russia had already mutually adjusted their migration laws and data is now exchanged between the migration services. At the same time it is necessary to enable a new level of cooperation in control over the arrival and stay of people from third countries in Belarus and Russia.
Minsk airport no longer accepts foreign cash
9 June, 18:15
Since the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus has not extended the Minsk airport's permit to accept foreign currency in cash, the Minsk airport services will no longer be available in exchange for foreign cash as from 00:00 on 10 June.
The border checkpoint Losha-Sumskas. Photo courtesy of the Grodnenskaya Pravda newspaper
Belarusian-Lithuanian border checkpoint Losha-Sumskas to grow larger
6 June, 18:42
Two construction trailers will be deployed soon for processing border documents and customs ones. More construction trailers will be moved to the site to provide accommodation for border service and customs service personnel. Open-sided sheds will be erected as well.
Augustow Canal reports 17,000 visa-free tourists from 60 countries
1 June, 13:15
Around 17,000 tourists from 60 countries have taken advantage of the opportunity to visit the recreation park Augustow Canal visa-free since 26 October 2016. The number is projected to reach 50,000 by the year-end 2017.
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