Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President, signed relevant decree No. 462 on 26 December 2017 to allow nationals of 77 countries to stay in many areas of this Eastern European country’s Grodno Oblast and Brest Oblast regions for up to qo days without a visa from 1 January 2018, the press service of the country told the Belarusian Telegraph Agency.
As per the document, the border checkpoints’ numbers will be raised in the aforementioned areas of Belarus through the checkpoints located at airports and railway stations for allowing more foreign tourists to visit the country. It was also mentioned that the areas where tourists could enter without visas will be increased.
It was stated in the press release of the official website of Belarus that international tourists wanting to visit the Augustow Canal Park will be able to visit the entire district of Grodno and the city without visas.
On the other hand, tourists intending to visit the national park Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be allowed to visit the tourism and recreation zone Brest, which includes Svisloch District in Grodno Oblast and Brest District, Brest city, Kamenets District, Pruzhany District and Zhabinka District in Brest Oblast sans visas.
Foreign nationals, who want to visit the tourism and recreation zone Brest or the Augustow Canal, need to carry legal documents for travels abroad and a document, which lets individuals or groups visit the specified territory.
It is expected that with the introduction of the decree, the export of tourism services and tourist traffic will increase by 30 percent.
Currently, in accordance with presidential decrees No.318 of 23 August 2016 and No.115 of 9 March 2015, the visa-free travel is allowed in Belovezhskaya Pushcha for up to three days and for up to five days in the Augustow Canal and the areas surrounding it.
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