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All About the Belarus Visa
Are you planning on exploring this emerging Eastern European country in the near future? Although a little bit more off the beaten path than its Baltic neighbours, this country’s rich cultural heritage, friendly locals and stunning scenery will not disappoint.
If this country is on your list, then prior to visiting it’s important to know what documents you’ll need to enter. In 2018 the government extended the amount of time that certain travellers can enter the country without a Belarus visa – among them Australian, Canadian, US and UK nationals.
To help you find out if you can take advantage of this visa-free travel to Belarus and what steps you will need to take to apply if not, Byevisa has compiled a helpful guide detailing all the ins and outs of travelling to this country.
Keep reading to find out which entry option is best for you, the documents you’ll need to prepare beforehand, and how to go about planning for your great Belarusian adventure.
Belarus Visa Requirements and Eligibility
Citizens of 74 countries are now able to enter Belarus visa-free for up to 30 days, provided they enter and leave the country through Minsk National Airport.
To enter the country under this scheme, you must present the following:
- A national passport, valid 90 days after your intended visit and with 2 blank pages.
- Proof of medical insurance valid in Belarus with coverage of at least 10,000 EUR (approximately 12,080 USD). This can be purchased upon arrival at the airport.
- Proof of sufficient foreign or Belarusian currency to cover the cost of your stay, namely approximately 54 Belarusian rubles (currency code: BYN) / 21 USD per day.
It is not necessary to apply beforehand to take advantage of this waiver scheme; simply present the correct documents in immigration before receiving your entry stamp. Travellers can take advantage of this facilitated entry as many times as they wish, although the total period of stay cannot exceed 90 days per calendar year.
For a full list of Belarus visa-free countries, please consult our eligibility checker tool here:
Alternatively, here’s the full list of eligible nationalities:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
United States of America
*Citizens of these countries must possess a valid Multiple-Entry travel permit from an EU member state that has been used at least once, in addition to flight tickets confirming departure from Minsk National Airport.
Please note that these requirements do not apply to visitors arriving in the country from Russia by air or those flying to Russian airports. These are considered internal flights with no border controls.
If you are planning on spending more than 5 business days in the country, be sure to register with the local police and indicate the address where you will be staying. If you are staying at a hotel, hostel or health resort, then your accommodation will be responsible for registering your visit on your behalf.
In addition to the 30-day waiver scheme, there is also an option to enter via regional airports and the land borders with Lithuania and Poland. Travellers must present the following in order to be granted this entry pass, valid for a period of 15 days:
- A national passport (valid 90 days after your intended visit and with 2 blank pages).
- Travel medical insurance with a minimum coverage of 10,000 EUR.
- A migration card (issued upon arrival).
- A Belarus visa invitation, allowing foreign nationals to visit the Brest-Grodno Tourism and Recreation Zone. This can be obtained by purchasing a tour from a certified operator who has the right to provide Belarus visa support. Once the tour is paid, the agency will issue the invitation.
Belarus Visa Application Process
If your nationality is not included in our list above, you’re probably wondering how to apply for the Belarus visa. Fortunately, Byevisa has compiled the must-know information below to take the stress out of your travel preparations.
The Belarus embassy will process your visa documents through their consular section. The first step is to choose the option that best fits your travel plans:
- B – transit visa, valid for up to 2 days (you’ll require proof of onward travel to a third country).
- C – short-term visa, valid for up to 90 days.
- D – long-term visa, valid for over 90 days (to be requested in conjunction with your Belarussian employer or organizer).
Both short and long-term travel passes may be Single, Double or Multiple Entry. The additional visa requirements for Belarus are as follows:
- A completed application. The Belarus visa application form PDF can be downloaded from your local embassy’s website.
- A photo with a white background (35 x 45 mm and taken within the last 6 months).
- Your passport (valid at least 90 days past your exit date and with 2 blank pages).
- Proof of a medical insurance contract (with minimum coverage of 10,000 EUR).
- Proof of payment of the consular fee.
- Other supporting documents as requested by the embassy.
- The Belarus embassy will accept your visa application in person or by post.
Belarus Visa Application Form and Documents
To complete the Republic of Belarus visa application form, you will need to have the following information at hand:
- Full name, including maiden name, if applicable.
- Date and place of birth.
- Countries of current or previous citizenship.
- Passport number, issue and expiration dates.
- Home address.
- Place of work and work address.
- Address of inviting organisation or person.
- Address of your accommodation.
- Purpose of visit, and dates and reasons of past visits.
- In the case of transit, your final destination and reason for your visit.
Visa Belarus Status Check
You can check the status of your documents by contacting the embassy or consular office directly.
Generally, your Belarusian visa application will take 5 business days to process, or 2 business days if you choose to expedite it by paying an additional sum equal to the application fee. So during this timeframe, if you enquire about your application’s status, the most likely answer is that it will be being processed.
If your application is rejected, the embassy will inform you with the reason why.
To maximise the probability that your application is accepted the first time, be sure to fill in the application form accurately, so that the details you provide exactly match those on your passport and supporting travel documents. Otherwise, you could be asked to make another application, in which you’ll have to amend the necessary details and pay the fee again.
How Much Does a Belarus Visa Cost?
The standard Belarus visa fee is 60 EUR (approximately 73 USD) for all types of visas, regardless of the number of entries you request.
Children under the age of 14 are exempt from paying this fee. Fees are also waived for Japanese nationals.
Since 2020, the country has reduced its fee to 35 EUR (approximately 42 USD) for citizens from the following nations:
Is There a Belarus Visa on Arrival (VoA)?
Yes, this option is available to visitors arriving at Minsk National Airport. To apply for a VoA, you must submit an original and a copy of a formal request to the Foreign Admissions Division of the Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This can be done through your inviting person or organisation a minimum of 2 business days before arrival. Be sure to include the following:
- The completed application form.
- A colour photo with a white background (35 x 45 mm and taken within the last 6 months).
- A valid passport with 2 blank pages.
- Travel and medical insurance coverage.
- Proof of sufficient foreign or Belarusian currency to cover the cost of your stay. (approximately 54 BYN / 21 USD per day).
- Proof of hotel booking on the accommodation’s official letterhead.
- A confirmed flight itinerary.
This application may be brought to the following address:
Foreign Admissions Division of the Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Minsk National Airport, Minsk, 220054.
Phone: +375 17 279 20 58, +375 17 279 28 72
More Belarus Tourist Visa Questions and Information
By now you hopefully know everything you need to apply for your visit permit for this fascinating Eastern European country. To find out more, check out our FAQs below.
In the case that your country of destination does not require an entry permit, authorities will take into consideration your tickets and itinerary.
Similarly, a Belarus visa is not needed for UK citizens. With a UK passport, you may enter the country as many times as you’d like, provided you do not exceed the limit of 90 days per calendar year.
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Ensuring your travel document is valid and has sufficient blank pages is a good first step. Making sure your photo and travel insurance are in line with the specifications will also help the process.
Although summer is the peak travel season, this country’s varied offer has something for visitors year-round. Be aware, however, that winter temperatures average between -4.5 to -8 degrees Celsius (23 to 18 degrees Fahrenheit).