Four Updates On Visa-Free Stay in Belarus You Can’t Afford To Miss

Belarus remained a blank spot on the map for many foreigners for quite a long time. However the situation changed drastically this year. Let’s look what exactly happened!

The numbers speak for themselves

A total of 56,000 tourists have visited Minsk after 5 days visa-free program was launched in Belarus in mid-February this year.

They arrived from 68 countries. The majority of guests came from Germany, Poland, Italy, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Love is stronger than formalities

Tourists love hospitable Belarus so much they don’t want to leave it and use any possibility to stay here as much as they can.

More than 200 foreigners violated the rules of visa-free stay and didn’t leave Belarus on time, CityDog.by reports referring to the local authorities.

Read also: Welcome to Belarus! 11 FAQs on visa-free entry

Besides, 1349 foreign citizens were prosecuted for violation of entry, exit and stay requirements, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.

Five days of visa-free stay is not the limit

The duration of visa-free stay in Belarus for citizens of 80 countries may be extended to 30 days in the near future.

The information was made public by Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei during an interview with the Financial Times.

“We consider to extend the duration of visa-free stay in Belarus up to 10 or even 30 days. But we will do it gradually, step by step,” Vladimir Makei stated.

Freebies and discounts are under way!

Minsk Guest Card will become available for tourists in 2018.

It will give discounts to local museums, theatres, tourists attractions, and, probably, sports events.

Read also: Belarus and China talking over 30-day visa-free travel

Meanwhile, negotiations on cooperation with cafes, bars and restaurants, hotels, shops, and tour operators are in progress.

Sources: BelTa.by, CityDog.by, mfa.gov.by