Commentary to Decree No. 115 of 9 March 2015

    On 9 March President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko signed Decree No. 115 “Concerning the granting of the visa free entry and departure for foreign citizens”.

    In accordance with the Decree, such a visa regime will be established at the Belarusian border checkpoint Pererov (Belovezha).

    Foreigners will be allowed to enter Belarus visa free for a period of 72 hours (3 days) using the documents that confirm the order of or payment for tourism services in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park.

    The Decree aims to develop trans-border tourism and promote rational use of the natural, recreational and tourism potential of the unique natural complex. Out of 150,000 tourists annually visiting the Polish part of the reserve, a lot of people are willing to visit the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park in Belarus.

    The Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park expects to increase revenues by Br27 billion due to the bigger inflow of foreign tourists after the establishment of the visa-free regime for them.

    This move will not only help use the tourism infrastructure in a more efficient way, but will also enhance Belarus’ tourist attractiveness and international image.