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Belarus' Sports Ministry to present suggestions to amend decree on visa-free travel by year-end

The Belarusian Sports and Tourism Ministry will present suggestions to amend the decree on visa-free travel by the end of 2017, Belarusian Sports and Tourism Minister Alexander Shamko told reporters at BelTA's press center on 3 April. 

The suggestions may include increasing the allowed length of visa-free stay (today tourists can stay in Belarus without a visa for no more than five days). 

“The visa-free travel regulations should be more flexible,” Alexander Shamko believes. 

“We will present suggestions to amend the decree by the end of the year. Today it is evident that the allowed period of visa-free stay should be increased, and this matter will be raised. For now, I cannot specify by how many days the period may be increased. The matter is under discussion. We should analyze all advantages and disadvantages, the economic aspect,” the minister explained. 

Citizens of 80 countries can stay in Belarus for five days without a visa as of 12 February, provided they enter the country via Minsk National Airport. 

The regulations apply to citizens of 39 countries of Europe, including the entire European Union, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan, and other countries.