Tourists From 18 Countries Visit Grodno Via Visa-Free Program Since 1 January

Since the beginning of the year, visa-free tourists from 18 countries visited Grodno and its surrounding areas.

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The latest data on the number and composition were provided by the sports and tourism department of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee.

How many of them?

Nearly 700 tourists from 18 countries have come to Grodno via the visa-free travel program.

During the same period in 2017 the region received a little more than 200 foreigners.

Who are they?

Most of the tourists come from neighbouring Poland and Lithuania.

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The city also welcomed citizens of France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic and other European countries during the festive season.

How did they arrive?

The majority of foreigners visited Grodno region as part of organized groups. However, there were also tourists who came to the country on their own.

Recall that according to Decree No. 462 on the visa-free entry and departure, the foreigners can come to Belarus visa-free only via a Belarusian travel agency.

“More than 20 visa-free tourists arrived in Grodno by train. We expect that this mode of transport will be popular with guests,” the department said.

Future plans

The number of people who have registered to visit the region is already approaching 1000, the sports and tourism department reports.

The expansion of the visa-free zone is expected to boost factory, ecological and medical tourism in Belarus.


The decree that came into force on Janury 1 extended the duration of visa-free stay to ten days.

It launched the visa-free program in more areas of Brest and Grodno, increased the number of border checkpoints and specified necessary rules and documents.

Foreign tourists, who come to see the Augustow Canal Park, will be able to stay without visas in the entire Grodno District and the city.

Visitors attracted by the national park Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be able to travel to the tourism and recreation zone Brest to:

  • Brest city,
  • Brest District,
  • Zhabinka District,
  • Kamenets District,
  • and Pruzhany District in Brest Oblast,
  • Svisloch District in Grodno Oblast.

Source: BelTA