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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.

Diplomat: Visa-free travels will allow Macedonian citizens to get to know Belarus better
27 January, 16:17
The Macedonian diplomat said that information about the decree was immediately forwarded to the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs right after the news was released. “It is a very interesting decision. We believe it will bring more businessmen and tourists to Belarus,” said Jani Bogoevski.
Andrea Rigoni. An archive photo
Rigoni welcomes Belarus' move to ease visa regulations
24 January, 18:28
Andrea Rigoni noted that citizens of all countries of Europe will be able to enter Belarus visa-free for up to five days starting from 12 February.
Belarus president dispels fears over five-day visa-free travel rules
20 January, 13:03
The document was in development for a year and a half. It was thoroughly reviewed by all the government agencies, first of all, in terms of the potential risks it may pose for Belarus, our partners and neighbors, Alexander Lukashenko said.
List of countries whose citizens are exempt from visa requirements for five-day visits to Belarus
13 January, 09:47
The five-day visa-free regime of entry will come into force in Belarus on 12 February 2017.
An archive photo of the airport
Over 3.4m passengers travelled via Minsk airport in 2016
12 January, 19:31
We welcomed passenger number three million on 10 November,” said Vasily Kornev. In 2016 the airport serviced a total of 3,429,112 passengers. The share of transit passenger was up to 30%. Thanks to higher transit traffic the airport became kind of a transport hub.
Opinion: Any move to facilitate visa regulations benefits tourism
12 January, 17:01
All decisions aiming to relax visa rules and administrative procedures always benefit tourism, as they make traveling easier, Didier Canesse said.
Bouchardy: 5-day visa-free entry will not increase refugee flow to Belarus
12 January, 16:29
All in all, 641 people requested asylum or subsidiary protection in Belarus in the period from January to October 2016. At the moment, there are 8,000 persons of UNHCR's concern living in Belarus.
Belarus, Russia to discourage visa-free entry abusers
11 January, 18:43
The official stressed: “Together with Russian colleagues we are going to take additional measures in order to suppress any attempts to exploit the visa-free entry procedures and to prevent such people from entering the Russian Federation.”
Foreign diplomats briefed on Belarus visa-free entry rules
11 January, 17:00
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that Belarus is interested in stepping up cooperation in political, trade, economic and other areas with these countries.
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