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Information on visa-free travel to Belarus

According to the Presidential Decree, effective from July 27, 2018, foreign citizens of 74 countries* can enter Belarus for up to 30 days** and exit from the territory of Belarus only through the State border checkpoint of the Republic of Belarus “Minsk National Airport”

The given order of visa-free movement through the airport does not extend to persons coming to Belarus by plane from the Russian Federation, as well as to those who intend to fly to the airports of the Russian Federation (such flights are considered as internal ones and do not have border control).

The term of visa-free stay is calculated in calendar days; the first day corresponds to the date of arrival, the last day coincides with the date of departure (regardless of the time of arrival and/or departure).

Visa-free regime does not extend to holders of diplomatic, service, special and other passports equivalent to them.

The trip is carried out for private, business, tourist or other purposes not related to employment, commercial activity and education, if the term of education exceeds 30 days.

  To enter the Republic of Belarus in the visa-free regime via the checkpoint “Minsk National Airport”, foreign nationals should have the following documents:

 - a valid ordinary passport. The passport must be valid at least 90 days beyond intended date of departure from the Republic of Belarus;

- financial means: amount equivalent to not less than 2 base rates for each day of stay or 50 base rates if the stay is full 30 days, in Belarusian rubles or foreign currency;

- a medical insurance policy with coverage for at least 10 000 euros, valid in Belarus during the whole duration of stay.

For citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa a valid multiple visa of the EU member states or Schengen zone with a mark in passport on crossing the border of these states and tickets with confirmation of departure from “Minsk National Airport” within 30 days from the date of entry is a compulsory additional requirement.

NB: When staying in Belarus for more than 5 working days, foreign citizens need to register with the divisions on citizenship and migration of the territorial bodies of internal affairs. When staying in hotels, hostels, sanatoriums and other collective accommodation facilities the registration of foreign citizens is carried out by the administrations of such facilities by default upon check-in.

  Since 2 January 2019 foreign nationals and stateless persons who are temporarily staying in Belarus are able to get registered on the website portal.gov.by without having to visit a local police office. This service is free of charge and will be available to foreigners who arrived in Belarus through checkpoints on the Belarusian border. Registration can be done through a PC, a mobile phone or any other device having access to the Internet. In order to get registered, foreigners must create an account on this website using their e-mail address. After that, they should choose this service (200.12.14.1) in the Citizenship and Migration category and fill in an online application. The registration will be done when a user receives a message confirming that he/she is registered at the indicated address in Belarus. In line with Article 285 of the Tax Code of the Republic of Belarus, foreigners will be exempt from paying a fee for online registration. At the same time, foreign nationals and stateless persons will still be able to get registered at a local office of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. However, to extend the registration, foreign nationals and stateless persons should visit a local office of the Citizenship and Migration Department in the district where they are staying. Foreigners who arrived in Belarus by crossing the Belarus-Russia border should get registered at the local office of the Citizenship and Migration Department at the district where they are staying in Belarus.

   The term of visa-free stay can not be extended beyond the established 30 days.

 

Citizens of a number of countries can visit the Grodno-Brest tourist zone visa-free for 15 days. Foreign visitors can enter this zone through two regional airports and crossing points on the land border (with Lithuania and Poland). This tourism and recreation zone includes popular attractions and biggest cities in the western part of the country, including:

  • in Brest Region – the city of Brest, Brest District, Zhabinka District, Kamenets District and Pruzhany District;
  • in Grodno Region – the city of Grodno, Grodno District, Berestovitsa District, Volkovysk District, Voronovo District, Lida District, Svisloch District and Shchuchin District.

In line with the president’s decree, the 15-day visa-free option is available to citizens of more than 70 countries, including Latvia’s non-citizens and Estonia’s stateless persons.

The rules of entry as part of the 15-day visa-free program are different from the 30-day visa-free option available to travelers arriving in Minsk by air.

To be able to visit the visa-free zone, a foreign national must present the following documents:

  • Valid passport or an equivalent identity document;
  • Travel medical insurance with the minimum coverage of €10,000. The travel insurance must be valid in Belarus;
  • Migration card (issued upon arrival);
  • Document allowing foreign nationals (individuals or groups of tourists) to visit the Tourism and Recreation Zone Brest-Grodno. It can be obtained while purchasing a tour from a certified tour operator that has the right to organize visa-free travels to Belarus. This means that a tourist needs to approach an official travel agency beforehand (not later than 48 hours before the trip), make a travel plan, pay for the chosen services (be it an individual plan or an all-inclusive tour), and pick up the document that will be subsequently presented at a checkpoint.

To learn more about the visa-free program and travel agencies, please click the links below: