The term of visa-free stay of foreign citizens in Belarus has been increased from 5 to 30 days, subject to their entry into the country and the subsequent exit through the State border at the National Airport Minsk. The rules come into force on July 24.
Since early 2017 in Belarus, a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries for 5 days has started. Already on January 1, 2018, in some areas of Belarus (Augustow Canal, Belovezhskaya Pushcha, etc.), visa-free travel for foreigners was increased to 10 days.
The introduction by Minsk of a visa-free regime caused a negative reaction in Moscow. In February 2017 it became known that Russia is establishing a border zone on the border with Belarus. Since May 15 of the same year, all Belarusian flights to Russian airports have been transferred to international terminals.