Nearly 1,500 tourists from Western Europe visit Grodno during New Year holidays

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Nearly 1,500 tourists from Western Europe visit Grodno during New Year holidays

About 1,500 foreigners visited Grodno and the vicinity of the city in the early days of 2018 without a visa.

Most of the tourists came from Lithuania, Poland and Germany. Citizens of Sweden, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy and other countries also met the change of years in Belarus. About a hundred more foreigners have purchased a Christmas tour. 

Under the new rules, they can stay in the visa-free zone of the Grodno region for up to 10 days.  

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Oleg Andreichik, Head of the Sports and Tourism Department of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee:
There are various tours, from 2-day travels to tours lasting 8-10 days. But this is only the beginning. I think that in the coming days the number of tourists will increase every day, especially since we have reserves: our railway station and the airport, which can also be used for these purposes.

The Grodno region has already summed up the visa-free year. Almost 52,000 foreigners visited the territory without unnecessary visa formalities. 

There is also a financial effect: the region's budget received 12 million euros. In addition, the visa-free regime attracted the attention of investors.