Starting 1 January the visa-free travel time for foreign citizens will be extended up to ten days in several areas of Brest Oblast and Grodno Oblast.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed decree No. 462 on Tuesday, 26 December which allows foreign citizens to stay in Belarus without visas for ten days, BelTA reports.
The areas where tourists are allowed to stay without visas as well as border checkpoints at railway terminals and in airports in Brest and Grodno Oblast will be expanded.
Foreign tourists, who come to see the Augustow Canal Park, will be able to stay without visas in the entire Grodno District and the city.
Visitors attracted by the national park Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be able to travel to the tourism and recreation zone Brest to:
- Brest city,
- Brest District,
- Zhabinka District,
- Kamenets District,
- and Pruzhany District in Brest Oblast,
- Svisloch District in Grodno Oblast.
To visit the Augustow Canal or the tourism and recreation zone Brest foreign citizens need to bring
- a document valid for travels abroad,
- a document which allows visiting the specified territory individually or as a group.
The new rules will apply to citizens of 77 countries. The decree will come into force on 1 January 2018 and is expected to increase the flow of foreign tourists to Belarus.
At present the visa-free travel option is available in Belovezhskaya Pushcha for up to 72 hours and in the Augustow Canal and its surrounding areas for up to five days.
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On 9 January this year Belarus opened visa-free entry to travelers from 80 countries who enter Belarus through Minsk National Airport and stay in the country for up to 5 days.
Meanwhile, Belarus authorities are considering a possibility to extend the visa free regime for 30 days and even 90 days were mentioned as future possibility.