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Belarus may extend visa-free travel period for tourists

Expansion of the visa-free zone and liberalization of tourist business were among the topics discussed by Belarusian parliamentarians during a visit to the Grodno region. In addition to official meetings the guests had a tour to places popular with foreign guests.

Today, the Belarusian parliament is discussing a number of issues related to tourism business. There is discussion about widening the borders of the visa-free zone and increasing the number of days visitors stay in these places. Creating a quality infrastructure remains an important topic. Small and medium-sized businesses should be actively involved in inbound tourism. According to the deputies, for this end it is necessary to simplify the procedure for opening one's own business, give tax reliefs and reduce the number of inspections.

Valentin Mikhnevich, deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
It's not a secret for anyone, the President repeatedly says it too, that five days is only a temporary measure. We are studying it further. I think it will be a sensible decision. Today, my opinion, the number of visa-free days should be at least 15. Even if you take medical tourism, 10-12 days is a medical course, where people want to improve their health. And three days (at least) to see the country.

Alexander Markevich, deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
Of course, it is necessary to expand the number of border crossing points for visa-free tourists. We see that the demand is high at the National Airport and at the Grodno airport. We are studying the possibility of allowing low-cost companies to come there. Therefore, I think that there are prospects for including the Grodno airport in the sphere of visa-free tourism.

More than a thousand foreigners visit the Grodno region every week.

Belarus may extend visa-free travel period for tourists