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A seasonal checkpoint Lesnaya-Rudavka at the Augustow canal comes into operation starting from the 1st of May

With the opening of the tourist season on the Avgustov Canal, the seasonal water and pedestrian checkpoint Lesnaya Rudavka will begin its work.

The Polish-Belarusian checkpoint Lesnaya-Rudavka can be crossed on foot, by bicycle, and also by water transport. The number of tourists сrossing the border at this checkpoint is showing consistent growth with the season. Most of them are outdoor enthusiasts.

Customs control in 2018 was carried out for more than 3,000 people, which is 18% more than in 2017. More than 60% of foreigners arrived under the visa-free regime. The seasonal Republican checkpoint Lesnaya operates from May 1 to October 1 from 8.00 to 20.00. Type of movement - river and hiking with the use of bicycles.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 30 thousand foreigners from 30 countries visited Grodno and the Augustow Canal without a visa. About 40% of tourists stayed in the city and the surrounding area for two or more days. The essential issue constraining tourist flows remains the demand for new objects of the tourist industry and infrastructure, including for accommodation, trade, food.

The administration of FEZ Grodnoinvest proposes to use special legal regime of Park Augustow Canal, where the tax rates on the creation and development of business has been reduced by more than 70%. Detailed information on activity conditions, free sites, benefits and preferences can be obtained from specialists of the foreign economic activity department by phone +375 (152) 41-23-17 and e-mail