Visa-free travel to Belarus
Visa-free travel to Belarus
From the end of July, 2018 the citizens of 74 countries can enter the Republic of Belarus for 30 days without visa through Minsk National Airport. This rule is effective only if a person comes through Minsk National Airport.
Nowadays from February 2017 until October 2018 more than 155 000 people traveled to Belarus using a visa-free system.
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Types of visa in Belarus
There are 3 types of visa in the Republic of Belarus.
- B - in transit;
- C - short-term, for up to 90 days;
- D - long-term, for up to 1 year with the right to stay up to 90 days, unless otherwise provided by international treaties of Belarus.
In addition, visa is subdivided into single-entry, double-entry and multiple-entry visa:
- a single-entry visa entitles the holder to enter and stay in the Republic of Belarus once for a specified period of time, but not more than 90 days;
- double entry visa allows you to enter Belarus not more than twice and stay for the specified period of time, but not more than 90 days;
- a multiple entry visa entitles you to enter Belarus more than twice and to stay for a specified period of time, but not more than 90 days per year, unless otherwise provided for in the international treaties of Belarus.
Features of visa-free regime in Belarus
According to the legislation of the Republic of Belarus, the number of visa-free entries is not limited, so foreign citizens can use this feature and visit Belarus as many times as they want.
Belarus has signed a special agreement with some countries, which allows foreign nationals to travel more than 30 days without a Belarusian visa. Such countries are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Who can enter Belarus without a visa?
Citizens of countries with which Belarus has a visa-free entry can enter Belarus without a visa.
List of countries with visa-free entry to Belarus
What is necessary to come to Belarus without a visa?
In order to enter Belarus without a visa, you must have a passport, money (about $25 for one day of stay), health insurance for at least €10 thousand. You can buy the insurance at the airport upon arrival.
Who needs a visa to visit Belarus?
If your country is not included in the list of countries of visa-free entry to Belarus, you need a visa.
The procedure for obtaining a visa to Belarus
To get a visa, a foreign citizen must submit the following documents to the bodies that issue entry visa of the Republic of Belarus:
- one copy of the visa application form on the form;
- one photo with the size of 35 x 45 mm;
- a document for traveling abroad;
- documents for visa support;
- additional documents that are necessary to make a decision on issuing an entry visa (provided at the request of the consular official);
- health insurance contract;
- confirmation that the consular fee has been paid.
Visa in Belarus for citizens with children
The departure of a minor child, citizen of a foreign state, is carried out only with a valid passport or other document intended for departure abroad, as well as visa.
Children under 14 years of age receive the visa free of charge, except for some costs related to the issuance of the visa.
Visa-free entry for 30 days
- Citizens of the following foreign states have the right to stay in the Republic of Belarus for no more than 30 days:
- Macao, Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China;
- Qatar; Cuba; Macao, Special Administrative Region of China; Malaysia; UAE; Serbia;
- medical insurance policy in the amount of at least EUR 10 thousand valid in Belarus;
- about $20 for one day of stay in the country or $675 if the foreigner will stay in the country for full 30 days.
Visa-free entry for 10 days
Citizens of 77 foreign countries have the right to visa-free stay in the tourist and recreational zone "Brest" and the tourist and recreational park "Augustovskiy Canal" for 10 days.
- medical insurance policy in the amount of not less than EUR 10 thousand valid in Belarus;
- about $20 for one day of stay in the country or $675 if the foreigner stays in the country for full 30 days;
- migration card;
- a document that entitles a foreigner to visit the Brest and Augustovskiy Canal zones. A travel company when buying a sightseeing tour issues it.
How to cross the border
At the border, a foreign citizen must undergo border and customs control, and if necessary, car, veterinary, sanitary and phytosanitary.
When crossing the border, a foreigner must have a passport and visa (if necessary), as well as a document to return to the state of the foreigner.
A foreign citizen at the border must:
- show a document for travel abroad with a valid visa if necessary;
- have a compulsory health insurance agreement with him/her;
- driver of a vehicle must have the original insurance certificate, which is valid on the territory of Belarus.
Frequently asked questions on visa-free travel to Belarus (FAQ)
How many times can I visit Belarus using visa-free rule?
In accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus there is no limit on number of visa-free entries. It means foreign citizens can use this opportunity to visit Belarus as many times as they want.
My country is not in the list so can I anyway come to Belarus with no visa?
With some countries Belarus has signed special agreements that allow people to travel without having a Belarusian visa for the term that even exceeds 30 days.
These are the countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.
For the mentioned below countries Belarus made visa rules more flexible.
These are the countries:
- Brazil (twice a year for up to 90 days);
- Venezuela (90 days);
- Israel (90 days); Israel (90 days);
- Qatar (30 days);
- Cuba (30 days);
- Macedonia (by invitation or tourist voucher);
- Mongolia (90 days);
- Serbia (30 days);
- Turkey (30 days per visit and up to 90 days within a year from the date of first entry);
- Montenegro (30 days by invitation or tourist voucher);
- Ecuador (30 days per visit and 90 days per year);
- in case of transit travel, Chinese citizens do not need a visa (up to 3 days if flying directly from China and having a valid Schengen visa).
30 days is not enough for me, can I stay longer?
As a general rule – no.
You can stay longer and leave later only in case of illness, natural disaster or some other unforeseen circumstances. In this case you will need to receive a new visa in the Migration Office.
Rule-breakers might also be deported and fined up to approximately 580 USD.
Can I leave Belarus by bus or by train?
Unfortunately, NO. The law about 30 days no-visa visit says that you have to enter Belarus through Minsk National Airport and leave through the same airport. You cannot leave through any other checkpoint.
Do I need to go for the registration to the Migration Office?
YES. The registration is required for all people who stay in Belarus more than 5 days. If you stay in the hotel/hostel they will do the registration for you by themselves. If you stay in an apartment you should ask the owner of the apartment to make the registration for you. Here you can read more about online registration in Belarus and registration rules in general.
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