Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, recently signed a decree that allows citizens of 77 countries to travel to Belarus visa-free for up to 10 days. It is one of the least visited countries in Europe. These countries include the US, 28 countries of the European Union, and Brazil among others. Since this is the first time Belarus is doing something like other than running a trial version of it earlier, the visa regime has a lot of limitations. The new regime started on January 1st, 2018. It only issues visa-free travel, if international tourists enter and leave the country through the Minsk airport. They can stay in Minsk for up to five days only and can travel anywhere around the country. For those crossing the border by road using a car, trains, or a bus, have to enter using the Augustow Canal in the Hrodna region. They can only visit the Hrodna and Brest regions. Those who cross the border will have to generate a copy of their confirmed tour or accommodation receipt. They also need to register themselves with a local tourism company, Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs, or their hotel within five days of their arrival.
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