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 or if their visa had been approved in advance for collection on arrival.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Belarus
  Belarus
  Visa exemption for entry through all international border crossings
  Eligible for exemption under regional visa free provisions
  Eligible for exemption under regional visa free provisions if holding used multiple entry visa from an EU or Schengen area member country
  Visa exemption for invitation letter or a tourist voucher holders
  Visa required in advance

Visa-free access[edit]

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Map of international land border crossings of Belarus[1]

Citizens of the following 26 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

14 days
Non-ordinary passports

No visa is required for Belarus for holders of either diplomatic or other official passports of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ecuador, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, North Korea, Peru, Romania, Singapore,[28] Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Uruguay and Vietnam and for holders of diplomatic passports of Poland.

Additional requirements

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

Future

Visa waiver agreements for holders of diplomatic and service passports were signed with Algeria[29] and Chile[30] and they are yet to come into force.

A consensus between Belarus and Uruguay on mutual visa-free access was reached in November 2017.[31]

A draft agreement on mutual abolition of visas was proposed by Belarus to the United Arab Emirates in November 2017.[32]

Plans for introduction of digital visas and travel authorization system were announced by Belarus in July 2018.[33]

Regional visa free provisions[edit]

Visa-free access through Minsk National Airport[edit]

Foreign visitors who are citizens of designated countries are allowed to enter Belarus without a visa through the Minsk National Airport, except for flights departing to and from Russian airports. The allowed length of stay stay is up to 30 days, with mandatory registration for stays exceeding 5 days in length. Visitors must also depart from Minsk National Airport, departure by train (for example) is not permitted. The number of visa-free entries is unlimited.[34]

The decree "On establishing a visa-free order of entrance and departure of foreign citizens" was signed by the President of Belarus on 9 January 2017 and it entered into force on 12 February 2017.[35][36][37][38] It was amended by another presidential decree on 24 July 2018, which entered into force on 27 July 2018.[39][40][41]

1 Including non-citizen residents of  Estonia and  Latvia.

2 Only if in possession of a multiple entry visa (i.e., a 'C' or 'D' type 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. The EU residence cards are not accepted for this purpose.[42]

In September 2017 it was announced that Belarus is planning to extend the visa-free access to 10 days and to other checkpoints.[43]

In November 2017 statistics were published showing that 54,000 foreigners visited Belarus through the visa-free program, mostly citizens of Germany, Poland, Italy, United States and the United Kingdom.[44]

There is a plan to extend the allowed stay to 30 days during the 2019 European Games in Minsk.[45] Plans to introduce a visa-free tourist zone between the Grodno and Brest regions and an extension of its visa-free travel period to 15 days for visitors entering and exiting the country through Minsk National Airport have also been confirmed by the Tourism Department of Belarus' Sports and Tourism Ministry.[46]

Brest recreation zone[edit]

Parts of Belarus covered by Brest and Grodno regional visa-free provisions

Belarus has a visa-free regime for foreign hikers and cyclists, going to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park for a period of up to 10 days. The system was first introduced in June 2015 and allowed up to three days stay until 1 January 2018 when it was extended to 10 days.[47] A pass for a visa-free visit can be obtained electronically and is only valid for the territory of the national park.[48][49]

Visitors are allowed to stay on the territory of:[50]

Entry is possible through the following checkpoints with Poland - Brest - Terespol, Domachevo - Slawatycze, Peschatka - Polowce, the simplified border checkpoint Pererov - Bialowieza, the railway station Brest (Terespol), and the Brest Airport.[51]

The list of eligible nationalities is the same as that for the visa-free program through the Minsk National Airport, with the addition of Honduras and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.[47]

Augustów Canal[edit]

A visa-free regime for the Augustów Canal was first established on 26 October 2016 allowing for 5 day visa-free visits and it was extended to 10 days in January 2018.[52] Visitors to the Augustów Canal must hold the relevant documents (filled out by a travel agency, the form being different for individual and group visits)[53] 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,the railway station Grodno, and the Grodno Airport. for up to 10 days visa-free:[54][47]

The list of eligible nationalities is the same as that for the visa-free program through the Minsk National Airport, with the addition of Honduras and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.[47]

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.[55] 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

Reciprocity[edit]

Belarusian citizens can enter all of the countries whose citizens are granted permanent visa-free access to Belarus without a visa except for the United Arab Emirates. Among the countries granted short visa-free access under a pilot program Belarusian citizens are granted visa-free access to Antigua and Barbuda, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles and Vanuatu.

Statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Belarus were from the following countries:[56]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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