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25 Jun 2015

Wider adoption for Belovezhskaya Pushcha’s visa-free practices

MINSK DISTRICT, 25 June (BelTA) – The experience of visa-free trips to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha can be applied to other transboundary objects. The statement was made at the session of the Interagency Expert Coordination Council for Tourism at the Council of Ministers on 25 June, BelTA has learned.

According to Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Igor Kachanovsky, the visa-free regime would attract tourists to many transboundary objects. These can include the transboundary biosphere reserve Western Polesie, the national park Braslav Lakes and other territories. Deputy Prime Minister Natalya Kochanova supported this proposal.

The visa-free entry to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha took effect on 12 June. Foreigners are allowed to enter Belarus visa free for a period of up to 3 days. Visa-free access is available via the border checkpoint Pererov-Belovezha. A special pass is needed to visit the national park without a visa. In order to obtain the document a visitor should get registered on the website of the park, apply for the document, receive the approval and print the pass. The pass provides a date when a tourist should visit the border checkpoint. The visitor should have all necessary documents with him, i.e. a passport, a medical insurance and a pass.

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