Visa Requirements for travel to Europe

Visa Requirements for travel to Belarus

Belarus Travel Visa Requirements

Visas are not required for:

holders of diplomatic, official or national passport issued by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan;

citizens (or permanent residents of their country) of:Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Macedonia, Mongolia, Serbia, and Montenegro;

citizens of Argentina, Brazil, Hungary, India, Iran, Romania, Slovakia, Syria, Vietnam, holding a diplomatic or official passport;
citizens of Egypt and Turkey holding diplomatic, service or special passports;

citizens of Laos holding diplomatic, service and official passports;
citizens of China (People's Republic) holding diplomatic, service passports, and national passports in case of group tourist visit;

Warning: Failure to observe entry or transit regulations applied to foreign visitors in the Republic of Belarus may result in the denial of entry in the Republic of Belarus.

Belarusian entry visas are issued by the embassies/consulates of Belarus in the following countries:

Armenia (Yerevan), Azerbaijan (Baku), Austria (Vienna), Belgium (Brussels), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), Bulgaria (Sofia), Canada (Ottawa), Czech Rep. (Prague), Cuba (La Habana), Egypt (Cairo), Estonia (Tallinn), France (Paris), Germany (Bonn, Berlin), Hungary (Budapest), India (Delhi), Iran (Tehran), Israel (Tel Aviv), Italy (Rome), Japan (Tokyo), Kazakhstan (Astana), Republic of Korea (Seoul), Kyrgyz Republic (Bishkek), Latvia (Riga, Daugavpils), Lithuania (Vilnius), Moldova (Chisinau), Netherlands (The Hague), Peoples' Republic of China (Beijing), Poland (Bialystok, Byala Podlyaska, Gdansk, Warsaw), Republic of South Africa (Pretoria), Romania (Bucharest), Russian Federation (Kaliningrad, Moscow, St Petersburg), Slovakia (Bratislava), Sweden (Stockholm), Switzerland (Bern), Syria (Damascus), Turkey (Ankara), Turkmenistan (Ashkhabad), Ukraine (Kyiv), United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi), United Kingdom (London), United States of America (New York, Washington D.C.), Uzbekistan (Tashkent), Vietnam (Hanoi), Yugoslavia (Belgrade).

Normally, visas are issued within 5 business days. Please note that business days are Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. An express visa can be issued within 48 hours on the payment of a surcharge fee. For details about fees please ask an appropriate Belarusian embassy or consulate abroad.

For a Belarusian business visa, a foreign visitor should submit the original letter of invitation from a company or organization in the Republic of Belarus that is registered by the Belarusian authorities as a legal entity. The letter of invitation must be printed on the official letterhead signed by a company executive and sealed by a corporate seal. The letter should indicate invitee’s name, personal and passport details, purpose and expected duration of invitee’s stay in Belarus. The inviting party should guarantee in writing that the invitee will abide by the rules and regulations applied to foreign citizens in the Republic of Belarus. In some cases Belarusian embassies or consulates (except the Consular office at the National Airport Minsk) may accept invitations transmitted by fax. Multiple-entry business visas require prior confirmation from the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.

For a guest visa, a foreigner should submit the original letter of invitation obtained by the invitee’s relatives or friends residing in Belarus from a local Citizenship & Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus. At the National Airport Minsk the original letter of invitation should be given to the Consular office. Multiple-entry guest (private visits) visas are issued to foreign visitors who visit their close relatives residing in Belarus upon production of the original letter of invitation.

For a tourist visa, a confirmation letter from a Belarusian travel agency or sanatorium should be submitted. Visa can be issued for a period not exceeding 30 days. Please note that a hotel reservation does not substitute the confirmation letter mentioned above.

Visa conditions are subject to regular change. Ask the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Belarus for an update.

Additional information:

Visas are issued to authorize single, double or multiple entry. Visas are valid for the period indicated therein. When entering Belarus any foreign visitor should fill out and submit a migration card to the immigration officer . A uniform migration card covers both Belarus and Russia. All foreign visitors are required to have medical insurance issued by a Belarusian insurance agency or foreign agency that is contractually bound with a Belarusian agency to offer those services. Within 3 business days of the arrival in Belarus a foreign visitor should become registered with a local Citizenship & Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus. Foreign visitors staying in a hotel are normally registered during check-in. Under certain circumstances a guest or business visa can be extended up to 90 days. Where the visa has expired, exit visas are required for all foreign visitors intending to leave the territory of Belarus.
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