Rules of staying and registration in Belarus
As a general rule a foreign citizen should be registered within 5 (five) days from the day of entry. The day of entry is included in this 5 (five) day period. Of course there are a few exceptions from this rule: for example the citizens of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania should be registered if they stay in the territory of the Republic of Belarus more than 30 (thirty) days.
Registration can be done by:
1) Local Migration Office (local means the migration office which is situated in the district where a foreign citizen is staying);
2) Hotel (if a foreign citizen is staying in the hotel or hostel).
Registration procedure in the hotel:
If you stay in the hotel usually you give them your passport with the Migration Card and they will do everything by themselves: they will put a registration stamp on the back side of your Migration Card.
Registration procedure in the local migration office:
If you stay in your friend’s house (or flat) or you rent an apartment you have to be registered in the local migration office. The owner of the apartment can help you do that or you have to do it by yourself.
To get a registration you have to fill in a special form and also to pay a state fee. The registration form is not difficult but it is better to have somebody with you who knows the Russian language. In addition to that you have to take with you your passport and valid insurance policy. Sometimes the migration office can request additionally your return ticket.
Migration office officer has to put a stamp in your Migration Card (on the back side of Migration Card). The stamp bears the date of your registration – pay attention to it!
Staying in the Republic of Belarus
In accordance with the law of the Republic of Belarus a foreign citizen has to stay at the same place where he/she is registered. If you are registered in one place but in fact you are staying in another place – this may cause such problems as fines and deportation.