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An united visa-free zone will connect Grodno and Brest

On August 7, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko signed Decree No. 300 “On Establishing a Visa-Free Procedure for Entry and Exit of Foreign Citizens”, which will unite existing in the Grodno and Brest regions into an united visa-free zone. Priveously it got about that the Augustow Canal and Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be merged with the new cycle route.

According to the Decree, five more districts of the Grodno region — Berestovitsky, Volkovysky, Voronovsky, Lida and Schuchinsky — will be included in the visa-free zone. The length of stay for citizens from 73 countries of the world is increased to 15 days. Two more border crossing points were added to the existing - Benyakoni (Belarus - Lithuania) and Berestovitsa (Belarus - Poland).

Foreigners will be able to travel without visa  throughout the western regions only as a part of organized tourist groups on routes involving visits to Brest-Grodno visa-free territory. The Decree comes into force three months after official publication.

Recall that in the territory of Grodno and Park Augustow Canal, a visa-free regime has been in effect since the end of October 2016. This enabled thousands of foreign visitors to visit the city of Grodno and the surrounding area without a visa.