The Belarusian Ministry of Transport and Communications is currently working on a program that will introduce a visa-free regime at regional airports.
The news was made public by Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism Mikhail Portnoy, who explained that the procedure is close to completion.
“In terms of liberalization of the visa-free regime, we are walking in baby steps.
At the same time, we are improving in all directions: infrastructure, training, increasing and improving marketing activities. Among the latest visa-free changes are the unification and expansion of visa-free zones in the Brest and Grodno regions.
Before that, we saw that people started to invest in the development of regions, build facilities for accommodation, food, entertainment. A driver for the economy and creation of new jobs appeared,” the official said.
He also noted that even though Belarus still has much reliance on land transport, it can increase the tourist flow many times if a visa-free entry is extended to regional airports.
“The 2014 World Hockey Championships and the II European Games showed that the level of security when we opened opening channels of entry to the country did not decrease.”
To date, ministers are working on a strategy of tourism development in Belarus until 2035. The program includes the use of reserves, as well as an increase in foreign exchange earnings.