Belarus To Allow VisaFree Entry for Tourists

Foreign tourists from 80 countries may visit Belarus visa–free by the end of the year. The Ministry of Sports and Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Economy are the initiators of a draft document of the law.

Mikhail Portnoi, Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism, said that to be granted a visa–free entry for five days, a tourist must arrive in Belarus via the Minsk National Airport.

According to Portnoi, the law will apply to visitors from ‘safe’ countries, such as the USA, Canada, Australia, and the members of the European Union.

At the moment, the draft of the law is under consideration by the Council of Ministers and may be reviewed before the end of November. No date of approval is set for the law, but it may take several months as it may require adjustments during initial negotiations. As a rule, a law becomes effective in two months after it is signed by the President and officially published.

Portnoi also said that the current visa regime is one of the obstacles for tourism development but the Ministry is working on its simplification. No visa is required for tourists visiting Belovezhskaya Pushcha or the Augustów Canal, as well as for visitors from Israel, China, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

Belarus To Allow Visa–Free Entry for Tourists