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Belarus Mulling Over Three More Visa-Free Zones

The Belarusian authorities suggest introducing visa-free travels for tourists to another three transboundary nature reserves, Andrei Kovkhuto, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister, announced on 25 August. 

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“Taking into account the positive experience of the national park Belovezhskaya Pushcha, it would be a good idea to consider waiving visas for tourists, who intend to visit the transboundary nature reserves Kotra – Chapkelyai, Richi – Silene and Braslav Lakes – Augsdaugava”, the official said.

Three-day visa-free regime was introduced in Belovezhskaya Pushcha last year.

On Tuesday, August 23, it was announced that the tourism and recreation park Augustow Canal in Grodno region will also be made visa-free. The relevant decree will come into force in two months.

Andrei Kovkhuto reminded about the creation of the new transboundary route Along the Secret Locations of the Lake District that will go through territories in Belarus and Russia. The route is supposed to include several national parks at once such as Braslav Lakes, Narochansky, Smolensk Lake District, Sebezhsky, and the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve. If all of them are included, the route will be 500km long for tourists.