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Belarus may extend visa-free regime to 30 days

Belarus may increase the period of stay without visas to 30 days, Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei told Financial Times.

"Our initiative is designed to facilitate business contacts between Belarus and the EU, to promote the development of tourism. And this is not the limit: we intend to increase the duration of stay in Belarus without visas to 10 or even 30 days. But we will approach this gradually.

By the end of 2017, Belarusian authorities will analyze the situation in this area and make specific proposals to the President concerning the extension of the visa-free regime," he said.

In September 2017, Mikhail Portnoi, Deputy Minister of Sport and Tourism, who oversees the tourism industry, said that Belarus is considering extending the visa-free regime to ten days instead of five.

The five-day visa-free regime came into force in Belarus in February 2017 for citizens from 80 countries.

The Ministry of Sport and Tourism said back then that it should mainly interest guests from the Baltic countries, Poland, Germany and the UK.

In 2016, Belarus allowed foreigners to visit without a visa the Augustow Canal, Grodno and Grodno District, and in 2015 Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Visa-free regime in Belarus may be extended up to 30 days