Citizens of 80 countries can enter Belarus visa-free for up to 5 days through Minsk National Airport. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has signed a decree scrapping visa requirements for foreign citizens traveling to and from the country, his press office has reported.
Belarus visa-free entry will apply to citizens of 39 European states, including all EU countries, as well as to Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan and other states.
These are, first of all, countries without migration problems, strategic partners of Belarus and the states that have unilaterally lifted visas for Belarusian citizens.
The new rules also cover such categories of travelers as non-citizens of Latvia and persons without citizenship from Estonia.
To enter Belarus visa-free, foreigners need to have a valid passport or other travel document, a certain sum of money (equivalent of 2 basic amounts, or 42 Belarusian rubles, for each day of stay), a medical insurance valid in Belarus.
Citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa must also have a valid multiple visa to any EU member state or Schengen country with a mark about the entry into their territory, as well as tickets confirming leave from Minsk National airport within 5 days from the date of entry.
Belarus visa-free travel does not apply to persons coming to Belarus with flights from Russia and intending to fly to Russia.
The decree will come into force one month after its official publication.