The document is aimed at enhancing business travellers, tourists, individuals with regular passports, and will not apply to foreigners engaged in official travel: diplomatic, official service, special and other equivalent passports will not be considered.
For the visa-free entry it is required to have a valid passport or other equivalent valid document for travelling abroad, cash (for each day of stay the amount of currency or Belarusian roubles, equivalent to not less than two base units), a medical insurance policy for the amount of no less than 10 thousand Euros operating in Belarus.
For the citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa a compulsory additional requirement is the possession of a valid multiple visa of the EU member states or Schengen area on the document for going abroad with a mark on the entry into their territory, as well as tickets confirming their leave from the Minsk National airport within 5 days from the date of entry.
The established procedure of visa-free travel does not apply to persons arriving in Belarus through the flights from Russia and intending to fly back to the airports of Russia (these flights are considered internal and not due to border control).
The decree will come into force within one month after its official publication.
Earlier, the annual Belarusian visa for Europeans amounted to 150 Euros. The cost of visas has been reduced since 2017. In 2016 Belarus had also allowed foreigners to visit without a visa the Augustow Canal, Grodno and Grodno region, and even earlier - the Bialowiez Forest.
Material was prepared by the Centre of geopolitical studies referring to the article from “TUT.BY” of 09 01 2017