Belarus plans to extend a period of visa-free stay in the country for the guests of the 2019 European Games.
The statement was made by First Deputy Head of the President’s Administration Maksim Ryzhenkov during the event to discuss the preparation of volunteers at the National Olympic Committee on 13 April.
Because the European Games last longer than 5 day, the duration of visa-free stay for the guests of the international sports event will most likely be extended.
“If we talk about the 2019 European Games that will last for some 10-12 days, including the arrival and departure of sports delegations, the period of the visa-free stay is most likely to be extended. It is still early to speak about the measures we are going to apply to do this,” Maksim Ryzhenkov said.
According to him, there is a clear understanding that the guests and participants of the games should make the best use of the preferential treatment while entering and leaving the country.
Foreign guests will be able not only to attend sports competitions or visit the fan zone but will also be free to visit landmarks of Belarus, such as Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Mir Castle and other beautiful places.
The main advantage of Minsk as the host city of the second edition of the European Games is the city’s well-developed sports and hotel facilities and good logistics infrastructure.
“In the recent years we have demonstrated our ability and readiness to host such events at a high organizational level. The 2014 IIHF World Championship was a tough exam for us and we passed it with honors,” Maksim Ryzhenkov said.