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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.

Belarus to count tourists in new ways
3 April, 17:19
The Sports and Tourism Minister reminded that Belarus and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are carrying out a number of joint projects. One of them is the implementation of the Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSA). This statistical method is widely spread in Europe.
Some 8,000 tourists visit Belarus visa-free since 12 February
3 April, 16:23
Alexander Shamko pointed out that the five-day visa-free travel gives reason to hope for a considerable increase in the export of tourism services.
Decision on including Brest in Belovezhskaya Pushcha visa-free area expected by year-end 2017
3 April, 15:33
Today foreign nationals can visit Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Augustow Canal and Grodno without a visa. We see in which direction to move and what to do to promote the development of these regions, Alexander Shamko said.
Belarus' Sports Ministry to present suggestions to amend decree on visa-free travel by year-end
3 April, 14:20
The suggestions may include increasing the allowed length of visa-free stay (today tourists can stay in Belarus without a visa for no more than five days).
Grigory Rapota. An archive photo
Belarusians', Russians' travel freedom unaffected by Russian measures at Belarusian-Russian border
31 March, 14:10
Grigory Rapota said: “The absence of borders, freedom of travels for citizens represent some of the key accomplishments of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. None of the actions currently being taken at the border has an effect on the freedom of movement for citizens of Belarus and Russia.”
An archive photo
Some 6,000 tourists visit Minsk visa-free
30 March, 18:15
Work is underway to develop new travel programs in addition to those offered by travel agencies today.
Belarus welcomes over 4,400 visa-exempt travelers
14 March, 12:08
The passenger traffic has been growing. We cannot say that this is mainly due to the visa-free entry. The passenger traffic increases from year to year, including through Minsk National Airport. But the new regulations have definitely had an impact, Anton Bychkovsky said.
Visa-free travel hailed as opportunity for foreigners to see 'true' Belarus
28 February, 18:05
Maksim Ryzhenkov noted that Belarus has recently launched five-day visa-free travel for citizens of 80 states. He stressed that this gives foreigners the opportunity to see the true Belarus.
Photo courtesy of Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
UNWTO welcomes Belarus' visa-free travel policy
27 February, 18:34
Taleb Rifai welcomed the efforts of the Belarusian government aimed at visa policy liberalization. He emphasized the importance of the recent decision to introduce visa-free entry for up to five days for citizens of 80 countries.
Minsk National Airport
Sanitary precautions beefed up in Minsk airport due to visa-free travel
27 February, 17:32
An action plan has been put together to prevent infectious diseases of international importance from penetrating the country. Personnel of the customs service, the border service, the veterinary and phytosanitary services, and travel agencies will receive additional training with regard to sanitary protection measures.
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