Visa policy of Belarus

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Visitors to Belarus must obtain a visa from one of the Belarusian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries.

Belarus introduced a visa-free regime with 80 countries in February 2017. The visa-free regime only apply to visitors arriving and departing from Minsk National Airport (except for flights from or to Russia) and visa-free stay will be only for 5 days.[1]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Belarus
  Belarus
  Visa exemption for entry through all international border crossings
  Visa exemption when arriving at and departing from Minsk National Airport
  Visa exemption when arriving at and departing from Minsk National Airport for holders of a used multiple entry visa from a European Union or Schengen area member country
  Visa required in advance

Visa-free access[edit]

Citizens of the following 22 jurisdictions can enter Belarus without visas:[2][3]

Indefinite stay
90 days

1 — 90 days within any one-year period
2 — 90 days within any 180 day period

30 days

1 — for a maximum total stay of 90 days within any one-year period
2 — for holders of MSAR passports or MSAR Travel Permits
3 — If holding an invitation letter or a tourist voucher

Tour groups

Citizens of  China may visit Belarus without a visa if traveling as part of a group of tourists (from 5 persons) organized by travel agencies defined.[20]

Non-ordinary passports

No visa is required for Belarus for holders of either diplomatic or other official passports of Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Peru, Romania, Singapore,[21] Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Syria, Thailand,[22] Uruguay and Vietnam and for holders of diplomatic passports of Poland.

Nationals of  China holding passports for public affairs do not require a visa for a maximum stay of 30 days.[23]

Additional requirements

All visitors are required to have adequate health insurance.[3]

Future

An agreement between Belarus and  Chile on mutual visa-free visits for holders of diplomatic, service and official passports was signed in November 2016 and is yet to be ratified.[24]

A consensus between Belarus and  Hong Kong on mutual visa-free access was reached in January 2017.[25]

Visa-free access through Minsk National Airport[edit]

On 9 January 2017 President of Belarus signed a Decree "On establishing a visa-free order of entrance and departure of foreign citizens".[26] The document provides visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days for nationals of the following jurisdictions who may stay for a maximum of 5 days upon entry via Minsk National Airport (except for flights departing to and from Russian airports). Visitors must also depart from Minsk National Airport, departure by train (for example) is not permitted. The number of visa-free entries is unlimited.[27] The decree came into force on 12 February 2017.[28][29]

1 Including non-citizen residents of  Estonia and  Latvia.

2 Only if in possession of a multiple entry visa from a European Union or Schengen area member country, an entry stamp from one of these countries and a valid air ticket with departure from Minsk National Airport.

Regional visa free provisions[edit]

Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park[edit]

In June 2015, Belarus established a visa-free regime for foreign hikers and cyclists, going to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park through the border checkpoint Białowieża–Pererov for a period of up to three days. A pass for a visa-free visit can be obtained electronically and is only valid for the territory of the national park.[30][31]

Augustów Canal[edit]

Effective from 26 October 2016[32] visitors to the Augustów Canal holding the relevant document (filled out by a travel agency, the form being different for individual and group visits)[33] are entitled to visit the areas listed as follows upon entry to Belarus via Rudawka–Liasnaja, Kuźnica–Bruzgi, Švendubrė–Pryvalka and Raigardas–Pryvalka border checkpoints for up to 5 days visa-free:[34]

The visa exemption will remain in force until the end of 2017 unless prolonged.[36]

Visa on arrival[edit]

The Foreign Admissions Division at the Minsk International Airport of the Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues visas on arrival if the support documents were submitted not later than 3 business days before expected date of arrival.[37] If the reason for arrival is serious illness or death of a close relative or family member visa support documents can be submitted at the moment of application for an entry visa. Fees are significantly higher than at the consulates.

In January 2015 fees for single short-term visa on arrival were as follows:

  • Nationals of states (unless separately noted) with consular offices of Belarus: EUR 180
  • Nationals of states (unless separately noted) without consular offices of Belarus: EUR 90
  • Nationals of  Estonia,  Latvia,  Lithuania and  Poland: EUR 75

Statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Belarus were from the following countries:[38]

Country 2013
 Ukraine 1,412,980
 Russia 1,107,571
 Lithuania 863,730
 Poland 362,452
 Moldova 180,109
 Latvia 145,452
 Germany 33,416
Total 4,445,018

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Visa free travel
  3. ^ a b "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Flightworx. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ [3]
  6. ^ [4]
  7. ^ [5]
  8. ^ Agreement between the Republic of Belarus Government and the Montenegro Government on Mutual Trips of Citizens
  9. ^ [6]
  10. ^ LIST OF VISA FREE COUNTRIES, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia (November 2016)
  11. ^ Visa Free Travel between Belarus and Turkey
  12. ^ [7]
  13. ^ Belarus-Israel visa abolition agreement to enter into force on 26 November
  14. ^ Belarus exempts UAE citizens from pre-entry visa requirement
  15. ^ [8]
  16. ^ No visa requirements between Belarus and Brazil as from November 25
  17. ^ Belarus enters into visa-free agreement with Brazil, Macau
  18. ^ [9]
  19. ^ [10]
  20. ^ Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the government of the people's Republic of China on mutual visa-free group tourist trips (in Russian)
  21. ^ http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20130321-410417.html
  22. ^ http://eng.belta.by/politics/view/belarus-ratifies-agreement-with-thailand-to-abolish-visas-for-holders-of-diplomatic-passports-85863-2015/
  23. ^ http://president.gov.by/ru/news_ru/view/belarus-vvodit-bezvizovyj-rezhim-dlja-grazhdan-knr-po-pasportam-dlja-ofitsialnyx-poezdok-16218/
  24. ^ "Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus E. Shestakov visits Chile". Belarus MFA. 22 November 2016. 
  25. ^ "CE meets First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus (with photos)". Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. 16 January 2016. 
  26. ^ "Belarus introduces visa-free entry for nationals of 79 countries" (in Russian). 9 January 2017. 
  27. ^ State Border Committee: No limit on number of visa-free entries to Belarus
  28. ^ The decree "On establishing a visa-free order of entrance and departure of foreign citizens"
  29. ^ Five-day visa-free regime to enter into force in Belarus on 12 February 2017
  30. ^ "Regulations About the procedure for foreign citizens visiting the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"". 
  31. ^ "Visa-free trips to Belovezhskaya Pushcha as from 12 June". BelTA. 2015-06-11. Archived from the original on 2016-01-30. 
  32. ^ On establishing of visa-free regime of entry and exit of foreign nationals, Presidential Decree No. 318 of 23 August 2016. Retrieved on 29 August 2016.
  33. ^ "Belarus government adopts Regulation on travel of foreign citizens to Augustów Canal park" (in Russian). Grodno Region Executive Committee, Department of Sports and Tourism. 2016-10-19. 
  34. ^ Grodno Visa Free
  35. ^ "В Гродно — без визы". 
  36. ^ "Commentary to Presidential Decree No. 318 of 23 August 2016" (in Russian). 
  37. ^ "Particulars of issuance of entry visas at the National Airport Minsk". Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
  38. ^ [11]

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