BREAKING: Belarus Extends Grodno-Brest Visa-Free Zones

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed Decree No. 300 “On Establishing a Visa-Free Procedure for Entry and Exit of Foreign Citizens”, the press service of the president reports.

The previously separate Brest and Grodno visa-free zones for tourist and recreation purposes are now combined into a unified Brest-Grodno visa-free territory.

Five more districts of the Grodno region — Berestovitsky, Volkovysky, Voronovsky, Lidsky and Schuchinsky — are included into it. Period of visa-free stay for tourists from 73 countries in this territory is increased to 15 days.

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In addition, it will be possible to enter the country through two additional checkpoints (Bieniakoni and Berestovitsa). Foreigners will be able to travel without visas throughout the western regions provided that they travel within a tourist group visiting the Brest-Grodno visa-free territory.

“The adoption of the decree continues the efforts of the Belarusian state to develop cross-border human contacts. It is evidence of the open and friendly nature of Belarus’s foreign policy. The document will contribute to the growth of tourist attractiveness of our country and strengthen the economy of the border regions,” the press service said.

The decree comes in force three months after its official publication. At the same time, a visa-free entry procedure for citizens of 74 states to Belarus for up to 30 days via Minsk National Airport is maintained, which is provided for by decree of January 9, 2017 No. 8 (as amended, effective July 24, 2018).