Updated at 11:50,16-10-2017

Relaxing visa requirements: preparing for Ice Hockey World Championship?

Belsat

All foreign citizens arriving in the Republic of Belarus through Minsk National Airport will be able to obtain entry visas there, official website of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

Visa support documents must be submitted to the Foreign Admissions Division (FAD) of the Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance: for short-term visas – not later than 3 business days before expected date of arrival; for long-term visas — not later than 5 business days before expected date of arrival.

Visa support documents may be submitted by the inviting company or person to the FAD located at the National Airport Minsk (telephone: +375 17 279 20 58) or by post, taking into account the timing of delivery (220054, Minsk, the territory of National Airport Minsk, Foreign Admissions Division of the Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus).

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In May, 2013 the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) approved all the venues of hockey matches in 2014. Having neglected numerous protests of human rights activists and some European politicians the IIHF refused point black to move the 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship from Belarus to a different country.

Aiming at attracting foreign guests the Belarusian authorities announced intention to relax visa regime.