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Tourist flows in Belarus up after visa requirements simplified

Over 50% of Minsk's residents are engaged in sport on regular basis. Running, hardening and street workout have become more affordable and accessible for young people.

Minsk authorities have summed up the work in the field of sport and tourism and also revealed plans for 2016. Belarusian athletes today have medal potential in 15 sports. The lion's share of victories are in rowing and canoeing, weightlifting, athletics, shooting, gymnastics and cycling.

80% of budget financing, or about BYR3 trillion, is allocated for priority sports. Special attention is paid to the preparation of the Olympic reserve, the development of children's sports and strengthening the material and technical base of sports establishments. Minsk will buy a multifunctional mobile diagnostic complex in H1 2016.

With the increasing number of international competitions that Minsk hosts exports of tourism services has also increased. This is largely due to the simplification of the visa regime.

Alexander Shamko, Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus:
We continue work on the simplification of visa regime. A visa-free entry up to three days entered into force in the National Park Bialowieza Forest from June 2015. In August, the same regime started to apply to those Chinese citizens who have Schengen visas. From November, a visa-free regime with Israel was introduced. Also in November 2015, Belarus signed a protocol was signed on visa-free travel arrangements between the Republic of Belarus and China.

Tourist flows in Belarus up thanks to visa regime relaxation