The project of a unified visa-free tourist zone between Grodno and Brest regions is underway, said Vitaly Gritsevich, Deputy Chairman of the Tourism Department of Belarus’ Sports and Tourism Ministry. The official is quoted by BelTA on 21 June.
Gritsevich also stated the free-travel period will be extended up to 15 days for those who comes to Belarus through Minsk National Airport.
This year about 120,000 visa-free tourists have already entered Minsk Airport.
Most of them are from Germany, Poland, Italy, the United Kingdom and the USA. Besides, Belarus is drawing more tourists from the Nordic countries.
The passenger traffic of the Minsk Aiport grew by 22% for this year.
As far as the regional airports in Brest in Gomel are concerned, they may become attractive for transit passengers as well. Currently, they are developing their charter programs and infrastructure.
In Brest, the extention of a runway is almost finished, which will allow the airport to receive more aircraft. The Gomel airport is discussing the posibility to introduce charter flights.
“Our country began to appear in various international tourist ratings. In some of them, it even hits the top five places to visit at the weekend,” said Gritsevich.
He stated that this summer Belarus expects an inflow of tourists from Western countries. “The most positive trend of the visa-free regime is the fact that tourists and businesspersons started to pay attention to Belarus. Many of them are from the countries we would like to see,“ the official stressed.
Starting this year, the free-visa period in several parts of Brest Oblast and Grodno Oblast was extended up to ten days.
Last year Belarus launched visa-free regime for tourists from 80 countries who can enter via Minsk Airport and stay in the country for up to five days.