26 Jul 2018

A tournament in its own right but very much a test event for the forthcoming 2019 European Games; the 2018 ITTF Challenge Belgosstrakh Belarus Open will be staged in the country’s capital city of Minsk, commencing with qualification on Tuesday 13th November and concluding on Sunday 18th November.

Furthermore, for many countries that once needed visas to enter Belarus, the requirement is no longer necessary.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Following a Presidential Decree issued recently on Tuesday 24th July, the visa free stay for foreign nationals, providing the crossing is via the state border at Minsk airport, some 26 miles east of the capital, is extended from five to 30 days.

The list of countries has been updated and excludes countries with which Belarus has concluded agreements on the mutual abolition of visas; the new policy does not include anyone travelling from Russia, such flights are considered as internal; there is no border control.

In order to enter visa free via Minsk airport, visitors must possess a valid passport or similar document and at least €25.00 in value for each day of the stay. Alternatively, visitors must have US$ 610.00 in value if the stay is for the full 30 day plus medical insurance for at least 10,000 Euros.

Notably in addition to the 2018 ITTF Challenge Belgosstrakh Belarus Open; for the 2019 European Games, there will be visa free entry to Belarus for participants, officials, organisers, other professional staff from Monday 20th May to Wednesday 10th July, as well as for foreign tourists from Monday 10th June to Wednesday 10th July, by presenting accreditation cards or tickets for the various sporting events.

Further information: Visa free travel to Belarus

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