Belarus may extend visa-free stay up to 10 days


Belarus may extend visa-free stay up to 10 days

The visa-free stay of foreign citizens in Belarus can be extended up to 10 days. This is the proposal of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Belarus.

The change will help attract tourists, and first of all those who are interested in sports and recreation. Five days, which travelers have now, may not be enough for a full course of treatment or, say, sports tournaments. Also, Belarus is considering a 30-day visa-free regime for tourists from China.

Mikhail Portnoi, Deputy Minister of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus:
If you take the visa-free stay, we took small steps, like visa-free regimes with Turkey, with Israel, and the same Augustow Canal. Then we made one big step - visa-free stay for 80 countries for five days. We've not analyzed it yet, but we have information that our airport's load has increased by 30%. This speaks volumes.

Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization:
The image of Belarus has changed a lot and a whole complex of factors has worked here. This is not only the introduction of a visa-free regime, but also political aspects. The world sees that over the past 2-3 years Belarus has opened to a great extent. This completely changes its perception. And comparing with what it was 10-15 years ago, people feel that they want to come to Belarus. And most importantly - they can come to Belarus.

On July 6 an international conference on tourism was held in Minsk. Its participants discussed how to make Belarus attractive to foreigners. It brought together the best marketers and tour operators of Europe, Asia and the CIS in Minsk. Experts work, among other things, on creating a country brand. It is expected that the tourist logo of Belarus will be submitted for public discussion.