No decision to extend the visa-free stay in Belarus has been taken so far, Deputy Sports and Tourism Minister Mikhail Partnoy said on Monday.
Over 50,000 tourists have taken advantage of the visa-free entry to Belarus.
“Belarus has welcomed 52,000 tourists since the launch of the visa-free entry,” the deputy minister stressed.
According to the top official, extending the visa-free stay to ten days is being considered.
“The work is underway. We need more than five days. This is especially important for the medical and sport tourism. Five days is too short a period of time. This was, however, a pilot project connected with security, which is very important in tourism. Now, when the security system has been fully tested, we are talking over an opportunity to increase the number of days to ten. I hope we will do it by the European Games,” state-run news agency Belta quotes Partnoy.
On January 9, Belarus president Alyaksandr Lukashenka signed the decree ‘On the introduction of the visa-free entry and departure for foreign citizens’. The document introduced visa-free entry through the border checkpoint at the Minsk National Airport and the visa-free stay in Belarus for up to 5 days for the citizens of 80 states, including the entire European Union, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan.
The five-day visa-free entry to Belarus was launched on February, 12.
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