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Visa-Free Year Results! Up To 80,000 Tourists Visit Belarus In 2017

More than 76,500 foreign tourists have visited Belarus via the visa-free entry regime, according to the latest data from the Belarusian Interior Ministry.

And more are coming!

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“As of 18 December, over 76,500 foreign citizens have visited Belarus using the visa-free entry. From 1,000 to 1,500 visa-free foreign tourists arrive in Belarus daily.

The overwhelming majority of them comply with the terms of stay,” Aleksei Begun, the Head of the Citizenship and Migration Department said during a press conference on Monday, 18 December.

Expectedly, some foreigners also apply to local citizenship and migration departments to extend their period of stay in the country.

What is new?

Government bodies have drafted a new bill on the legal status, basic rights and freedoms of foreign citizens and stateless persons.

The document is designed to relax requirements for highly qualified specialists in terms of entry and obtaining a permanent residence permit.

Read also: Belarus considers 90-day visa-free regime for foreigners as future possibility

Moreover, financial compensation for a certain category of persons is also under consideration.

Illegal immigration

Belarus also plans develop strategic cooperation with Russia and the EU, as well as draft a national concept of migration policy.

Meanwhile, the country awaits the signing of an agreement on assistance to Belarus with countering illegal migration.

The number of persons violating the law has been falling year by year.

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“We can state that the situation with migration in Belarus remains under control.

We do not face any remarkable challenges or threats, like we did in 2014 or 2015.

We also do not have to deal with such a huge migration wave as the European Union,” Aleksei Begun concluded.

By the end of 2017 the Minsk National Airport will welcome more than 4 million passengers, Vasily Kornev, Deputy Director General in charge of Manufacturing of the enterprise Minsk National Airport, stated last week.

Source: BelTA