10,000th visa-free tourist visits Belarus
The 10,000th visa-free tourist was met in Belarus' Grodno on April 21.
Zinaida from Vilnius became the 10,000th visa-free tourist in Belarus.
She was handed a symbolic gift and wished a good holiday. The woman admitted that she learned about a visa-free regime in Belarus by chance and could not but take advantage of that. The last time she visited our country was more than 25 years ago, and this is her first time in Grodno. She plans to visit monuments and churches.
President Lukashenko: Belarus is liberalizing business climate for economic growth
After visiting JSC Rechitsadrev, Alexander Lukashenko traditionally talked to the employees of the plant. The future of Belarus and the development of small towns, salaries, personnel policy and public security were discussed.
People also asked about visa cancellation, not only from Belarus’ side but about reciprocal steps from other countries.
Simplified visa process may apply for guests of European Games 2019 in Belarus
Tourists will be able to stay in Belarus without visas longer, said the Ministry of Sport and Tourism.
Over 8,000 people visited Belarus visa-free through the National Airport Minsk since the introduction of the visa-free regime on February 12, 2017.
As a result, more business conferences and business forums, cultural and sporting events are now held in the Belarus capital.
Visa free regime term in Belarus may be increased
A tourists’ rights protection fund is planned to be established in Belarus. It will help to form a plan of action in case of force majeure events, so that a person can immediately get compensation or chose another place for a holiday.
Another thing is that a possibility of increasing the visa free regime term is being worked out for tourists who are planning to visit Belarus. Therefore, more than 8,000 tourists visited Belarus since the introduction of the five-day visa free regime.
“I’ll be back”: visa-free regime in Belarus and first impressions of tourists
While Europe is closing its borders for immigrants, Belarus receives tourists from 80 countries. The visa-free regime was adopted on February 12, 2017. Visitors may make only a 5-day visit to Belarus for now. However, longer term may be introduced soon. Alena Syrova has the story.
One of the first to visit Belarus was a Chinese Lee Yen from Abu Dhabi, while the first sportsman to visit the country was an English Liverpool halfback Wade Maxwell.
Over 1,000 foreigners visit Belarus without visas since February 12
More than a thousand foreigners have visited Belarus visa-free since the abolishment of visas. Citizens of 46 countries have already used this opportunity.
Belarus is the most popular among Germans, Poles and Italians. However, there are also visitors from some distant countries such as Malta, Ireland, Bahrain and others. The majority of these are businessmen.
The visa-free regime for a period of five days became effective in Belarus on February 12. Visas were abolished for citizens of 80 countries.
500 tourists visit Belarus in first four days of visa-free regime
About 500 foreigners have visited Belarus without obtaining a visa since February 12 when the visa-free entry was introduced.
Most guests came from Germany and Poland - about 80 tourists from each country.
Almost 50 Italians have also expressed interest in Belarus. Among other nations are Lithuanians, French and English.
Welcome to visa-free Belarus!
This week names of stations in the Minsk underground are again pronounced both in the Belarusian and the English languages. Belarusians thought: ‘Are we going to have another Ice Hockey Championship, but do not know about it?’ No, they are not. This was done for the sake of tourists who will come to Belarus without visas.
At midnight on February 12, 2017 the visa-free regime for five days for citizens of 80 states, including those of the European Union, came into force in Belarus.
About 100 foreigners visit Belarus on first visa-free day
About 100 foreigners have already taken the opportunity to visit Belarus without a visa. The checkpoint at National Airport Minsk is ready to welcome foreign guests.
Citizens of 39 countries of Europe, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the US, Japan and other countries can come to Belarus without a visa for five days. First of all, these are countries that are favorable in terms of migration, with which Belarus cooperates closely.
Affordable stay, good service and nice prices to please guests of Minsk
Minsk is ready to receive hundreds of tourists from different countries. The visa-free stay in Belarus for up to 5 days for the citizens of 80 states will be opened on the 12th of February. Affordable stay, decent service and nice prices will definitely please guests of the capital! Minsk is increasingly becoming a favorite city among foreign visitors especially during the holidays.
Minsk is one of cities which Russians choose for a romantic Valentine's Day trip.
Belarus comments on introduction of border zone by Russia
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to monitor the situation with the introduction by Russia of a border zone with Belarus. At the moment the situation is under control of the country's foreign ministry.
There were no complaints of misconduct on the part of Russian border services in respect of Belarusian citizens. However, the new rules on border crossings imposed by Russian partners led to a certain nuances in the bilateral relations.
World Tourism Organization welcomes Belarus' visa-free decision
The World Tourism Organization supports the decision of Belarus on visa facilitation.
According to international experts, unimpeded access to the country for people from 80 countries will benefit not only to the development of the tourism industry.
The visa-free regime will strengthen the relationship between the business community, benefit business and the development of the economy as a whole.
Belarus' Brest can become visa-free for tourists
Brest in the near future may become visa-free for foreign tourists. Convenient border regime has been in force in the Bialowieza Forest for one and a half years already. And, most importantly, it fully justifies itself.
During 2016 the picturesque Belarusian reserve was visited by more than seven thousand visa-free visitors.
Belarus President: Visa-free regime is not absence of control
The visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries doesn’t have any risks for Belarus and neighboring countries.
On the 20th of January Alexander Lukashenko approved the decision on the protection of the state borders of the country in 2017.
This topic was earlier discussed twice at the highest level. It was affected by some external factors such as difficult international environment, increase in terrorism and illegal migration.
Belarus, Hong Kong plan to abolish visas
Belarus and Hong Kong have agreed on the mutual abolition of visas. The agreement was reached during the official visit of the Belarusian delegation to the special administrative region of China.
This official visit has significantly intensified contacts at the business level.
The sides have also signed an agreement on avoidance of double taxation.
This document provides for measures to help prevent tax evasion on income and property between Belarus and Hong Kong.
Visa-free entry for foreigners in Belarus: basic principles
Belarus introduces a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries. There are all EU countries, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan and others. Foreigners will be able to visit Belarus without a visa through the National Airport and stay here up to five days. The changes take effect on February 12.
Belarus' Foreign Ministry holds visa consultations in social networks
The news about the possibility of visa-free travel to Belarus was well received by people from the different parts of the world. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus held the first consultation in social networks.
About a million people took this opportunity.
In Grodno, the visa-free regime for foreigners was introduced in late 2016. The average amount a foreign tourist spends on gifts is about 70 euros.
Tourists usually buy craft products as souvenirs. Products made of vine and flax are the main subjects of shopping in Belarus.
Visa-free entry to Belarus comes into force February 12, 2017
Visa-free regime of entry to Belarus comes into force on February 12, according to the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The innovation, first of all, will be convenient for independent travelers,
including those arriving in the country without support of travel agencies.
Welcome to Belarus: visa-free entry requirements
Belarus is introducing a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries. These are all EU countries, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan and others.
Foreigners will be able to visit Belarus without a visa through National Airport Minsk and stay here up to 5 days.
The new regime of entry is provided by the decree signed by the head of the state. This document is developed for short trips for tourists or businessmen.
EU, US citizens can enter Belarus visa-free via National Airport Minsk
Visa-free regime for foreign citizens was introduced in Belarus under Presidential Decree. The rule applies to those arriving in our country for a period up to five days. Moreover, they must enter Belarus through the National Airport Minsk.
The decree applies to citizens of 80 countries, including the entire European Union, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan and etc.
The document is aimed at attracting businessmen, tourists and individuals.
However, it doesn’t apply to foreigners on official visits.
Tourists about visa-free areas in Belarus
Nearly 6,000 foreigners have visited Belarus without visas. We are talking about cross-border tourism, especially in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Augustow Canal. Guests visit Belarus mainly from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the UK, Spain and the United States.
Ekaterina Romantsevich, tourist from Latvia:We will surely come back. We have promised our daughter and we will invite some friends. In terms of logistics, you still have some work to do.
Belarus may drop visas for foreigners by end of 2016
Belarus may introduce visa-free regime for foreigners by the end of 2016.
The only condition is that you need to arrive in Belarus through the main air harbor - National Airport Minsk (also known as Minsk-2).
This issue is now at the stage of approval in the Ministry of Sports and Tourism. The agency has cited positive experience of the introduction of such a regime with certain countries.
Belarus still on track to simplified visa regime with EU
Belarus will continue to work for the early signing of the agreement on simplification of visa regime with the EU, said December 8 spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Mironchik.
The Lithuanian side is interested in these negotiations to be accelerated, said Lithuanian ambassador to Belarus yesterday.
The sides will sign the agreement after technical issues are harmonized.
Augustow Canal without visas: 300 tourists register to visit Grodno
During two weeks, 300 foreign tourists have registered to enter Grodno without visas. New rules of visiting the Augustow Canal and close-by territories came into force at the end of October.
The majority of tourists are from Poland and Lithuania. There are also guests from Spain, Germany, Italy, Finland and Belgium. To get the document that is a replacement for visa, travelers should go to tour operators of their country.
The 5-days-without-visa rule will be in act in the Grodno region until the New Year.
China abolishes transit visas for Belarusians
Transit through China without visas. Belarus has been included in the list of countries whose citizens have the right to stay in the country without special permission in case of arriving on international flights landing in China.
A 72-hour visa-free regime is in force at 15 checkpoints, while at three others, this regime lasts six days.
A similar practice today also applies to Chinese citizens who travel via Minsk.
Belarus and Russia work on common visa
Belarus and Russia are working on the creation of common migration area.
That question was discussed during the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State on October 28. Many other issues were raised during the meeting.
Grigory Rapota, State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State:We have similar view on key matters. We need to develop our cooperation. This is the most important thing for me.
Simplified visa scheme for players, fans during European Games 2019 in Belarus
Participants and fans of European Games 2019 will arrive in Belarus according to a simplified visa scheme, said Minister of Sport and Tourism of Belarus Alexander Shamko in an interview with the ONT TV channel.
The sports official noted that during the Second European Games, Belarus will use the experience of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
Tourists can now visit Belarus' part of Augustow Canal without visas
From 26 October, foreign tourists will be able to come to the Augustow Canal without visas. To visit the tourist-recreational park foreign guests must have only a passport and a document confirming the right to visit this recreational area.
Visitors crossing the border from Poland can enter Belarus without a visa through the checkpoints Lesnoi and Bruzgi. If you travel from Lithuania through both checkpoints Privalka.
Belarus' upper chamber of parliament finishes last working session fruitfully
The budget for 2017 and the tax code were approved on October 6 at the final session of the 5th convocation of the Council of the Republic, which is the upper chamber of the Belarus parliament. The main financial document was adopted taking into account social orientation and considers the credit obligations of Belarus. The thickness of the national purse remains the same as in 2016, while the tax burden on the economy will fall, with spending on education and health care set to grow.
Increase in salaries and pensions is expected too.
Salaries in Belarus to increase by 9% in 2017
Belarus' draft budget for 2017 has been adopted. In the second reading, the absolute majority of deputies voted for the draft of the main financial document. It will retain social orientation. One-third part of the budget will be earmarked for state programs: in education - for the development of innovative approaches, while in health care focus will be made on affordability and quality.
Payroll fund will increase by 9%, while labor pensions will be increased twice.
Belarus may introduce visa-free regime for foreign investors
It has been suggested that Belarus introduce visa-free travels for foreign investors. The project, which has prepared the National Investment and Privatization Agency, is under consideration of the government.
At the suggestion of the Agency, residents of countries that are the most active business partners of Belarus will be able to stay here for 15 days without a visa.
It is expected that such relaxed requirements will help make our country more attractive not only for investors but also for tourists.
Thailand plans to simplify visa regime for Belarusians
The parliamentary delegation of Thailand met with Belarusian colleagues to talk over the improvement of the legal framework. Belarus is ready to cooperate across the entire spectrum of bilateral relations, from politics to economy to culture. In addition, there are tourist prospects.
There are plans to simplify the visa regime for Belarusian citizens, as well as open a honorary consulate of Belarus in Thailand.
Belarus preparing visa simplification decree
Belarus may introduce simplified visa regime for foreign citizens. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is agreeing the text of the relevant presidential decree in cooperation with other state administration bodies.
Currently the authorities are working on the part of the document that will not allow illegal immigrants to take advantage of the visa regime relaxation.
Belarus-India business forum: Visas, flight links and 13 cooperation agreements
The Belarusian-Indian business forum in Delhi brought together several dozen Belarusian companies on May 12. Taking part in it was the Belarusian parliamentary delegation headed by speaker of the upper house of the parliament, who is visiting Delhi these days.
The forum brought together chiefs of both state-owned enterprises and representatives of private business.
The sides signed 13 cooperation agreements in New Delhi. The largest Belarusian enterprises MAZ, MTZ, BelAZ, Mogilevkhimvolokno and Orsha Linen Mill signed contracts with Indian companies.
Belarus eases visa requirements for UAE citizens
Belarus is easing visa regime for citizens of the United Arab Emirates. This is provided for by the decree signed on April 27 by President Alexander Lukashenko.
The document authorizes visa-free transit through the territory of our country. This also applies to temporary stay for a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of entry through international checkpoints. In this case, UAE citizens can voluntarily register at the place of actual residence.
Belarus may cancel visa fees for tourists coming to festivals
Belarus plans to introduce free visas for tourists who come to festivals, said Alexander Shamko, Minister of Sport and Tourism, at the opening of the international fair of tourist services Holiday 2016 in Minsk.
Belarus has already introduced a similar practice for participants of sporting events. They can get a Belarusian visa free of charge in 5-7 minutes at the airport.
Belarus wants to make Augustow Canal visa-free
Belarus may introduce visa-free regime on Augustow Canal. The relevant document is already under consideration by the government, said April 6 the Minister of Sport and Tourism of Belarus.
Alexander Shamko believes that the tourism product that Augustow Canal offers today meets the requirements of similar resorts in the world.
Poland ready to reduce the cost of visas for Belarusians
Poland is ready to reduce the cost of visas for Belarusians. This issue was discussed by heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the two countries.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland is now on a visit to Minsk. It is planned that the simplification of the visa regime will contribute to the development of relations at the regional level, strengthen mutually beneficial economic and humanitarian ties. The sides also focused on the modernization of border infrastructure.
Belarus to offer tourists new kinds of holidays
Belarus will offer tourists new kinds of vacations. Among the priorities are medical services as well as agro-tourism sector. Gaining popularity is inbound tourism.
According to statistics, in 2015, vacation at home was chosen by almost a million Belarusians. The number of weekend tours has doubled.
It is possible that a simplified visa regime will apply to some tourists. Now such agreements are valid for visitors from China. They can remain in Belarus for three days without a visa.
Indonesia introduces visa-free regime for Belarusian tourists
Indonesia has introduced a visa-free regime for Belarusians. It applies to tourists who are planning to stay in the country for more than 30 days, reports the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. For visa-free entry into Indonesia a Belarusian must show a return ticket and a passport which expires in more than six months.
Visa-free regime between Belarus, Israel to take effect November 26
Visa-free regime between Belarus and Israel will take effect from November 26. This was announced during the meeting of the Foreign Minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, with the Ambassador of Israel. The meeting was held in connection with the termination of the diplomatic mission of Iosif Chagall.
The diplomat handed over a note on the implementation by the Israeli side of the internal procedures necessary for the visa-free regime's entry into force. Belarus made it back in January.
Three-day visa-free stay for Chinese in Belarus
Citizens of China have been allowed to stay in Belarus without a visa up to three days, reads the corresponding decree of the Belarus President that come into force today, August 24.
This order applies to those Chinese citizens who come from China on a direct flight and have in their passport a visa of an EU state or a state of the Schengen area.
These reasons are enough to stay in Belarus for up to three days. Visa-free entry and exit extends to transit passengers travelling through Belarus.
Belarus, EU hope to agree on problematic provisions of visa facilitation agreement
Belarus hopes to reconcile positions with the EU on the simplification of visa formalities. Minsk is hosting another round of negotiations on the draft agreement.
They involve representatives of the main consular department of the Foreign Ministry and the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the Ministry of Interior. The EU side is represented by the Directorate General for Home Affairs of the European Commission.
Belarus' Belovezhskaya Pushcha now visa free for foreign tourists
Foreigners will be able to visit the Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest without visas, reads the decree of the Belarus President published on the National Legal Internet Portal.
The government will within three months develop the documents defining the order of foreign tourists' visits to this unique corner of nature.
Foreigners will be able to take advantage of visa-free travels through the checkpoint Pererov-Bialowieza and stay in the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha up to three days.
Belarus to cancel visas with Brazil, Ecuador
Belarus has completed the domestic ratification procedures in line with agreements with Brazil and Ecuador on the abolition of visas. The texts of these agreements were published at the national legal website on January 6.
The agreement between the governments of Belarus and Brazil on visa abolition for short trips was ratified by the virtue of the relevant Belarus' law as of December 29, 2014.
Visa-free travels between Belarus and Israel from April 2015
Members of the lower house of the Belarus parliament have ratified the agreement on visa-free regime with Israel. The deal was signed in September 2014.
The document will enter into force 90 days after its ratification by the parliaments of Belarus and Israel and after the sides receive relevant notices through diplomatic channels.
The Belarusian foreign minister has estimated the deal will come into effect at the beginning of April.
Who can become a citizen of the Republic of Belarus
Citizenship of the Republic of Belarus shall be acquired:
- by birth within the country;
- by naturalization;
- by registration;
- in view of other reasons provided by the law.
Acquisition of Citizenship of the Republic of Belarus by birth
A child shall be a citizen of the Republic of Belarus by birth if by the time of the child's birthday:
- at least one of the parents is a citizen of the Republic of Belarus regardless of the place of the child’s birth;