Posted: 08.04.2022 14:57:00

Grodno Region welcomes visa-free tourists

The Grodno Region is ready to host large-scale events and welcome visa-free tourists – as noted by Vladimir Karanik, the Chairman of the Grodno Regional Executive Committee

“Grodno’s Easter Tradition festival-fair will start its work tomorrow for the seventh time already – welcoming everyone to get acquainted with craftsmen’s works, take part in master classes, and buy necessary products. Events of the kind aim to promote Belarusian traditions. On April 17th and 24th, representatives of two major religious denominations will celebrate the bright Easter holiday. We have great traditions of Easter holidays, and the current epidemiological situation makes it possible to resume holding fairs in all regional centres.”

According to Mr. Karanik, on April 3rd, all COVID restrictions were lifted, and a visa-free regime is now in force. Accordingly, groups of tourists and individual travellers from several dozen countries can now visit the Grodno Region. On April 24th, the village of Sopotskin will host the traditional Pysanka holiday.

“We really hope that this will result in increased communication between the neighbouring countries, while contributing to resumption of good-neighbourly relations that have been hampered due to the closure of borders over the past two years. We know that many neighbouring states are lifting restrictions, and this will enable us to return to normal pre-pandemic life,” Mr. Karanik added.

One of the most significant events – 13th Republican Festival of National Cultures – will take place in Grodno on June 3rd-4th. It was held for the first time in 1996 and, since then, it has become a brand of the city. “We plan to hold the festival in its traditional way this year – with a procession, participation of farmsteads and a large number of guests. To date, all events have been confirmed. We talked with representatives of various diasporas, and they, I must say, are positive-minded,” Mr. Karanik said.