Belarus considers extending visa-free stay up to 10 days


Belarus considers extending visa-free stay up to 10 days

The visa-free entrance to Belarus through the airport may be extended up to 10 days in 2018.

This was stated by the Deputy Head of the Main Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Ganevich. The visa-free regime  is planned to be introduced for foreigners arriving to Belarus through the airport, during the 2019 European Games in Minsk the stay will be increased up to 30 days, and then this regime will be spread on all the border points. This plan will be discussed by 2021.

The number of visas issued this year is expected to decrease and there will be about 80 thousand visa-free entries to Belarus.

Nevertheless, it won’t influence the financial sector due to the increase of export of tourist services. In the period of January-August 2017, services worth about $90 million were rendered to tourists, when the loss from the not issued visas summed up to about $12 million.

In 2016 Belarus introduced a visa-free regime for tourists coming to the Augustow Canal and the Belovezhskaya Pushcha Natural Reserve, and finally, in 2017 the visa-free stay for 80 countries started working on February 12, 2017.

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