Rome, August 7, 2018 – From the Rome seat of the European Olympic Committee (EOC) welcomed the signing of a state decree which will allow visa-free entry for foreign visitors to come to the 2nd European Games in Minsk (June 21-30, 2019) and stay in Belarus without a visa up to 30 days.

The Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has recently signed a decree allowing a visa-free entry foreign nationals and temporary stay in Belarus from June 10 to July 10, 2019. An application for a visa-free entry includes a passport valid for at least 90 days after the date of departure from the country, an original or electronic ticket for at least one of the sports events at the European Games in Minsk (including Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony), a health insurance policy covering the value of at least € 10,000 for the entire length of stay in Belarus and evidence of cash funds for self-financing of the cost of living. The decree applies to foreign nationals from 74 countries, and the visa-free regime for participants, officials and other experts involved in the preparation of the event will begin already from May 20, 2019.

In the European Games, 4082 athletes from all 50 European National Olympic Committees will compete. The program includes 15 sports: basketball 3x3, archery, athletics, badminton, sand ball, boxing, canoeing, biking, gymnastics, judo, karate, sambo, table tennis and wrestling. Ten of the 15 sports are qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, and European Games are considered to be the official European championships for four sports. The ticket sale for 2019 Minsk European Games will begin on December 1, 2018. (coc/vk)