Belarus introduces a five-day visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries, including US and EU

Source : 112 Ukraine

Citizens of 39 European countries, including the entire European Union, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the US, Japan and other countries will be able to enter the county without a visa for a maximum of 5 days
17:36, 9 January 2017

Press-service of Belarus President

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree, which establishes a five-day visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries. This was reported by the presidential press office.

"The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the border checkpoint at the national airport Minsk for the citizens of 80 countries. The decree applies to 39 countries in Europe, including the entire European Union, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the US, Japan and other states," the statement said.

It is noted that the new rules also cover such categories as non-citizens of Latvia and persons without Estonian citizenship.

"The document is aimed at enhancing trips of business travelers, tourists, individuals with a regular passport, and will not apply to foreigners engaged in official travels: diplomatic, service, special and other passport equivalents will not be taken into account," it was underlined in the message.

So, in order to enter into the country without visa, you must have a valid passport or other equivalent document, cash, health insurance for an amount no less than 10 thousand euro operating in Belarus.

"For the citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa, a compulsory additional requirement of the valid EU or Schengen visa existence in the document for going abroad with a mark of the entry into their territory, as well as tickets with confirmation of departure from Minsk National airport within 5 days from the date of entry," the document says.

At the same time, this procedure does not apply to persons arriving in the country on flights from Russia and the ones intending to fly to the airports of Russia (these flights are internal, border controls is not carried out on them).

The decree will come into force one month after its official publication.

It is noteworthy that there is an established visa-free regime between Belarus and Ukraine.

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