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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.

Five-day visa-free regime for citizens of 80 states to be in force in Belarus in a month
11 January, 09:35
Given the decree enters into force in a month after its official publication, the citizens of 80 countries will be able to start using its benefits in the middle of February. BelTA reported earlier about the introduction of 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.
During the press briefing
Belarusian border service ready for more visa-free tourists in Minsk airport
10 January, 18:38
According to the source, the border checkpoint in the Minsk National Airport is ready for any increase in the number of foreign citizens willing to enter Belarus due to the new visa regulations. “If necessary, we are ready to hire more personnel,” said the official.
Belarus Interior Ministry: 5-day visa-free entry will pose no migration challenge
10 January, 17:48
The Interior Ministry will prepare the recommendations on the application of the president's decree for the territorial units, Alexei Begun added.
Belarus expects 20% increase in tourist arrivals after launch of visa-free travel
10 January, 17:41
First of all, our attention is focused on the countries of Europe, North America, and the Persian Gulf. We keep in mind the trade and economic cooperation that we have developed with these countries, Vitaly Gritsevich said.
Oleg Lyashuk
State Border Committee: No limit on number of visa-free entries to Belarus
10 January, 17:11
Foreign citizens can use this opportunity to visit our beautiful country as many times as they want, provided they follow the established rules, Oleg Lyashuk said.
Fines, warning for breaking five-day rule during visa-free stay in Belarus
10 January, 16:45
Such actions will be classified as a violation of the legislation on the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons. Such violations are punishable by a fine or a warning with or without deportation. The relevant civil servant will decide which punishment to use, explained Alexei Begun.
Belarus may extend list of countries for visa-free travel
10 January, 16:43
The list of the countries whose citizens are eligible to visit Belarus visa-free for a period of up to five days may be extended, said Igor Fisenko, Head of the Central Consular Office of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Russia notified of possible launch of visa-free entry to Belarus
10 January, 16:32
Belarus has notified Russia of the possible launch of a visa-free regime for foreign travelers, Igor Fisenko, Head of the Central Consular Office of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a press briefing.
Foreigners coming to Belarus via Russian airports still need visas
10 January, 16:27
“It is important to remember that the five-day rule for visa-free travels does not apply to persons, who arrive in Belarus from airports of the Russian Federation or intend to fly to a Russian airport. Such flights are considered domestic and are not subject to border control,” said Igor Fisenko.
No extra formalities for visiting Belarus for five days without visas
9 January, 19:57
Citizens of 80 countries will be able to enter via the Minsk National Airport and stay in Belarus for at most five days. The countries are Belarus' main partners. The number includes all the European countries, developed economies all over the world, and major developing nations.
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