Over 76,000 visa-free tourists visit Belarus in 2017

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Over 76,000 visa-free tourists visit Belarus in 2017

More than 76,500 foreign citizens used the right of entry without a visa to Belarus in 2017, said Alexei Begun, head of the department for citizenship and migration of Belarus' Interior Ministry.

"As of December 18, more than 76.5 thousand foreigners used the visa-free regime for entering Belarus," Begun said at a news conference in Minsk on Monday. According to him, about 1,000-1,500 foreigners come to the republic every day using a visa-free regime.

The head of the department also noted that the majority of foreign guests do not violate the rules of stay in the republic and comply with the statutory terms of stay in the country. 

To prolong the term, foreigners must apply to the citizenship and migration departments in each major city of Belarus, Begun said.

The visa-free five-day regime began operating in Belarus on February 5 2017. It can be used by citizens of 80 countries, including the EU, Japan and the United States. One mandatory condition is that you must enter Belarus through national airport Minsk.

Belarusian authorities have repeatedly noted that the period of visa-free stay in the country can be increased up to 10 or even 30 days.

SEE: Belarus visa-free entry rules (as of February 2017)