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For years, the name “Belarus” has not been on every tourist’s lips. Despite its pristine nature, rich Soviet legacy, developing agritourism and general safety for travelers, the country didn’t receive the attention it’s worth of. But things are going to change: the Republic of Belarus has opened its borders and is now visa-free for tourist from a number of states (including the UK), who travel by plane.

On February, 9 during a meeting in London AITO welcomed another associated member – the Republican union of tourism industry (RUTI), an organization that consolidates tour operators, DMCs, hotels and tourist attractions from Belarus.

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One visa-free zone “Brest-Grodno”

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed Decree No. 300 “On Establishing a Visa-Free Procedure for Entry and Exit of Foreign Citizens”, the press service of the president reports.

The previously separate Brest and Grodno visa-free zones for tourist and recreation purposes are now combined into a unified Brest-Grodno visa-free territory. It includes five districts: Brest, Volkovysk, Grodno, Lida and Shchuchin.

In this region, the period of stay without a visa is increased to 15 days for citizens of 73 countries. In addition, it will be possible to enter the country through two additional checkpoints: Bieniakoni and Berestovitsa.

Foreigners will be able to travel without visas throughout the western regions, provided that they are part of organized tourist groups on routes that provide for a visit to the visa-free territory of Brest – Grodno.

The decree comes in force three months after its official publication.

At the same time, a visa-free entry procedure for citizens of 74 states to Belarus for up to 30 days via Minsk National Airport is maintained, which is provided for by decree of January 9, 2017 No. 8 (as amended, effective July 24, 2018).

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Let us invite you to take part in the presentation of the tourist opportunities of the Republic of Belarus to be held in Munich on July 18, 2019. The presentation will be organized by the Belarusian Touristic Union and the Belavia – Belarusian Airlines, supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Belarus in Munich.

Belarusian Touristic Union is a non-government organization that consolidates tourist operators and travel agencies, hotels, agricultural tour destinations, transport organizations, guides, etc. It’s the largest tourism association of Belarus. We are interested in cooperation with tourist associations and outbound tour operators in your state to create favorable conditions to facilitate the stimulation of the bilateral exchange of information and professional resources in the field of tourism, to encourage and increase mutual tourist flows.

“BelAgroTravel” is a DMC and a co-founder of the Belarusian Touristic Union as well as a close-knit team of tourism professionals and enthusiastic specialists in history, cultural heritage and ecology.

At the presentation you will learn about Belarus as a tourist destination, about possibilities of a visa-free visit to the country, about popular tourist routes and sites.

Please, confirm your participation by contacting us via email: info@rsti.by







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Belarus is a landlocked country, which is situated west of Russia and east to Poland, offers great opportunity for tourists to explore both medieval castles and Soviet monuments and get familiarised with unique place of where the East meets the West. Being still relatively new country for tourists to explore, Belarus is actively improving infrastructure and offering wide range of interesting activities. This year Belarus is proudly hosting 2-nd European Games which will be featuring 199 events in 15 sports. Travellers from 50 countries across the globe are planning to visit this major event.

Russia is the largest country in the world, spans nine time zones and borders 14 countries from two continents. Traditionally, Russia is known as a land rich in history, famous for its art, ballet and literature. Every year, Moscow hosts about 33,000 tourists and the Russian hospitality industry is growing rapidly. People from all over the world come to Russia each year and get an experience of a lifetime. The hugely successful Football World Cup 2018 showcased the country’s greatly developed infrastructure, fast inter-city railway connections and warm welcome.

At this free event experts will share their in-depth knowledge of destinations, highlight the most interesting and popular programmes, explain in detail the visa processes and answer any questions you might have when dealing with requests about two countries. You will also find out how to sell Belarusian and Russian tours, choose reliable suppliers and DMCs, and where to get help with marketing and promotional materials.


Birmingham

DATE AND TIME
Thu, 13 June 2019
10:00 – 14:00 BST
LOCATION
The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre Hill Street Birmingham
United Kingdom
EVENT SCHEDULE
10.00 – Registration and breakfast
10.30 – Quick overview about RNTO and the scope of our business
10.40 – General overview about Russia and destination USPs
11.00 – Logistic and visa process
11.40 – “Two hearts of Russia: Moscow and St. Petersburg”
12.15 – Belarusian tourist potential (major events and attractions, visa free entrance options)
12.40 – Introduction of BelAgroTravel DMC from Belarus
13.00 – Introduction of Prime Tour DMC from Belarus
13.20 – Q&A session
14.00 – Close of event


London

DATE AND TIME
Fri, 14 June 2019
09:00 – 13:00 BST
LOCATION
37 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5ED
EVENT SCHEDULE
09.00 – Registration and breakfast
10.00 – Quick overview about RNTO and the scope of our business
10.10 – General overview about Russia and destination USPs
10.20 – Logistic and visa process
10.40 – “Two hearts of Russia: Moscow and St Petersburg”
11.00 – Belarusian tourist potential (major events and attractions, visa free entrance options)
11.20 – Introduction of BelAgroTravel DMC from Belarus
11.40 – Introduction of Prime Tour DMC from Belarus
12.00 – Q&A session
13.00 – Close of event

At the end of the event, each participant will receive free Visit Belarus and Russia brochures, information materials, souvenirs, sweets and a memory stick with the presentation.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please email dmitrii@trakt.by for more information.

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Minsk city is the heart of Belarus and it is the best place to start your exploration of this country. This city has so many amazing places and hidden secrets in its streets. It charms from the first sight by lots of green parks and squares.

Minsk was mentioned for the first time a year after the Battle of Hastings, but it was badly damaged during the WWII and then the best architects worked on rebuilding it back to its glory. We can say that Minsk rose from the ruins like a Phoenix.

Now it can be used as a decoration for movies about perfect Soviet city – a place where it’s great to live, love and work. On the other hand, it is truly modern with its broad avenues, spacious squares and friendly locals ready to help at all times. And there are a lot of interesting places not only in the center. Excursion to Minsk Tractor Works will surprise you and will be remembered for a life.

We can say that Minsk is forever young and is changing rapidly. And this city is very convenient for tourists. There are a simple public transportation, a lot of hotels and restaurants with national cuisine, art and unusual places, where you can spend your leisure.

Minsk City Break is the best idea for your first trip to Belarus in general. It is a convenient way to see the most interesting and famous places in the Belarusian capital and nearby. Even 3-4 days can help you to discover this beautiful and unbelievable city and understand that you want to come back.

By the way, Minsk was chosen for the list “The best European’s cities to visit in 2019” by “The Independent”. You can read about it here:

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