Expert: Friendly Atmosphere Focused on Comfortable Stay of Spectators in Belarus

During his visit to Minsk, Jo Vanhecke, Chair of the Standing Committee on Spectator Violence of the Council of Europe, made a statement: “The decision of the Belarusian state governing bodies to introduce a visa–free travel for the guests of the Ice Hockey World Championship is a very important step. It demonstrates the country’s openness”.

Vanhecke added that he and his colleagues arrived to Belarus to assist in organizing the 2014 World Championship. He went on to say: “Currently, our experts familiarize themselves with the arenas where the games will take place and analyze the whole process starting from the moment when people leave their place of residence until they get to the sport facilities.”

Vanhecke and other experts came to a conclusion that Belarus will create a friendly atmosphere focused on a comfortable stay of spectators.

As reported earlier, foreign tourists arriving to Belarus for the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2014 will enjoy a visa–free entry from April 25 to May 31. The visa–free travel will be provided for:

  • Official participants of the championship, including athletes, coaches, staff, judges, heads of the international and national hockey federations, and the accredited media
  • Foreign guests who have a paper or an electronic ticket for a game of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2014.


The Council of Europe Information Point in Belarus

The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2014.