Tourism Officials Working To Increase Visa-Free Stay In Belarus To 10 Days

The Ministry of Sport and Tourism has proposed to extend the period of visa-free stay in Belarus to 10 days, Deputy Minister Mikhail Portnoy told journalists on Thursday.

The proposal is to allow tourists to stay in the country for 10 days.

Tourists on a sightseeing tour around Minsk Photo: TUT.BY

“We are working with other ministries to increase the number of visa-free days,” Mikhail Portnoy said.

The idea is strongly supported by the Republican Center for Health and Sanatorium and Spa Treatment, the official added.

According to him, longer visa-free stay is important, first of all, for the development of health and medical tourism in the country.

Revenues from health tourism are a significant part of the total revenue from tourism in Belarus.

“The program of stay in wellness resorts includes a complex of 8-12 treatments. Five days are not enough to complete those,” Mikhail Portnoy said.

However, security in this issue comes first, he added.

“You see what is going on in the world. At the same time, work to increase the duration of visa-free stay is underway.”

Since February, when visa-free travel was launched, over 28,000 foreign tourists have used the option. Belarus is most popular with tourists from Germany, Poland and Italy.

Source: BelTA