Belarus' Belovezhskaya Pushcha now visa free for foreign tourists


Belarus' Belovezhskaya Pushcha now visa free for foreign tourists

Foreigners will be able to visit the Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest without visas, reads the decree of the Belarus President published on the National Legal Internet Portal.

The government will within three months develop the documents defining the order of foreign tourists' visits to this unique corner of nature.

Foreigners will be able to take advantage of visa-free travels through the checkpoint Pererov-Bialowieza and stay in the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha up to three days.

Such a step is taken to improve effectiveness of the use of tourist infrastructure and further develop cross-border tourism, reads the document.

According to the press service of the head of state, many of the 150,000 tourists visiting the Polish part of the forest would like to visit the Belarusian part (national park), too.

The initiative is expected to help Belarus earn $27 million more.

Valentin Tseikhmeister, director of the National Union of Tourist Organizations: 
Foreigners are displeased not by visa fees themselves but by the procedure of its receipt. It is often said that about 500,000 tourists “wander” along our borders, visiting neighboring countries, and would like to visit Belarus, too. Here is exactly the opportunity for foreigners to visit Belarus.