MINSK, 14 February (BelTA) – Germans and Italians have so far made up the majority of visa-free arrivals to Belarus as the country introduced new visa rules on 12 February, BelTA learned from the State Border Committee of Belarus.
The first visa-free travelers to Belarus included mostly citizens of Germany (43 people) and Italy (32). Belarus welcomed 16 citizens from the UK and the Netherlands each and 14 Polish nationals. As of 18.00 on 13 February, a total of 218 people crossed the border checkpoint in Minsk National Airport visa-free.
As BelTA reported, the five-day visa-free entry to Belarus was launched on 12 February. The new regulations apply to citizens of 39 countries of Europe, including the entire European Union, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Canada, Japan, and other countries. First of all, these are the countries without migration problems, Belarus' strategic partners, the countries that unilaterally apply visa-free entry regulations for Belarusian citizens.
Citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, and Samoa must have a valid document for traveling abroad with a valid multiple-entry visa of one of the European Union member states or the Schengen Area member states bearing a European Union or Schengen Area entry stamp, and also tickets with a return date from Minsk National Airport.