Grodno Region hoping for 10-day visa-free regime


Grodno Region hoping for 10-day visa-free regime

It has been exactly one year since the visa free regime to Grodno and the Augustow Canal was set. It positively influenced the tourist development of the unique waterworks.

As many as 85 thousand tourists visited it since the beginning of 2017, which is 14 thousand people more than in 2016. Belarus is actively cooperating with Poland in order to develop the tourist potential of the Canal. Joint projects are a proof to the fact. The “Avgust Velo ” bicycle route is being developed there, It is planned to be included into the “GREEN VELO” international network soon.

Over 300 different cultural, sport and entertaining events were organized during this year’s tourist season. The organizers are going to continue creating various attractions for different groups of tourists in 2018.

From the moment the five-day visa free regime came into force, the Augustow Canal, Grodno and the Grodno region were visited by over 43 thousand tourists from 65 countries.

With the introduction of the visa free regime, the number of travel agencies increased up to 73 from 9 just in one year. The infrastructure is developing as well, 20 new facilities have been built. What is more, the export of tourist services increased by nearly 40%. The Grodno region is now standing for increasing the visa free regime up to 10 days. Firstly, it will contribute to the development of medical and rehabilitation tourism. Secondly, the transport services will benefit from it. Tourists will be able to use the railway and the Grodno Airport.