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VISAS TO THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

  Five-Day Visa-Free Regime For Citizens Of 80 Countries

  • Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed Decree No. 8 «On the introduction of the visa-free entry and departure for foreign citizens». The document introduces the visa-free entry through the border checkpoint at the Minsk National Airport and the visa-free stay in Belarus for up to 5 days (4 nights 5 days) for the citizens of 80 states (click to see the list of countries). Visitors have to enter and leave Belarus via the Minsk National Airport (by air/plane).
  • These are 39 countries of Europe, including the entire European Union, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan. New regulations also apply to the non-citizens of Latvia and stateless persons of Estonia.
  • REQUIREMENTS: а valid passport or other document permitting foreign travels, money (around 20 British Pounds for each day), medical insurance (can be purchased on arrival)  in the amount of at least €10,000 operational in Belarus will be needed for the visa-free entry.
  • The citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa should also have a valid multi-visa to the EU states or the Schengen Area with a mark confirming the entry to their territory, plane tickets with a confirmation of the departure from the Minsk National Airport within 5 days after the date of the entry. A residence permit of the EU countries is not a basis for visa-free visits to Belarus in this case.
  • The visa-free regime does not apply to people arriving to Belarus by plane from Russia and planning to go to the airports of Russia (these are internal flights with no border control).
  • FAQ (please, click to learn more)

 

 

The following types of entry visas are issued by the Embassy:

 

Type B

– transit visa

Type C

– short-term visa, valid for up to 90 days maximum which go one by one

Type D

– long-term visa, valid for up to 1 year with the right to stay in Belarus up to 90 days. If you need more the 90 days during one year you have to apply for a residence permit in Belarus

  Entry visas may be single-, double- and multiple-entry

  • a single-entry visa        entitles to a single entry, stay and departure from the Republic of Belarus for the period specified in the visa and within a specified number of days of stay, but not more than 90 days
  • a double-entry visa      entitles to a double entry, stay and departure from the Republic of Belarus for the period specified in the visa and within a specified number of days of stay, but not more than 90 days
  • a multiple-entry visa   entitles to numerous (more than 2) entries, stays and departures from the Republic of Belarus for the period specified in the visa and within a specified number of days of stay, but not more than 90 days per year

   VISA REQUIREMENTS

In order to obtain a Belarusian visa the following documents should be submitted (brought in person or by visa service company, sent by post) to the Consular and Visa Section of the Embassy:

 1.  One duly completed  visa application form (click here)

  •  the visa application form should be filled out in legible handwriting or typing (in BLOCK   LETTERS), in English or Russian/ Belarusian
  • answers to the questions should be complete and logically consistent and indicate the  real      purpose of the visit
  • the purpose of the visit should be specified in detail
  • if a question does not apply, please, write “N/A”, incomplete forms will be returned to the applicants unprocessed
  • it is the applicant’s responsibility to check whether the information given on the form is correct
  • the application form should be signed by the applicant personally; failure to observe this requirement may result in refusal of the application
  • the visa application form for a minor should be signed by their legal representative 

2.  One colour photograph, which meets the following requirements:

  • not older than 6 months
  • size 35x45 mm
  • full face (70-80 % of the picture) without sunglasses, hat or other head covering unless for ethnic or religious reasons
  • plain, evenly lit and light background
  • high resolution
  • no corrugation or ink is allowed

 3.  A valid original passport or travel document which

  • contains a photograph of the owner
  • has at least two blank pages intended for visas
  • is valid for at least 90 days after the expected departure date from the Republic of Belarus
  • is not dubious in terms of authenticity or ownership
  • contains no torn pages, marks, entries, erasures and corrections that are not certified by the issuing authorities of the respective foreign state
  • ATTENTION — if the applicant is under 18 years old – a COPY of full Birth Certificate (contains information about parents) and copies of passports of the applicant’s parents (legal representatives)
  • if the applicant previously had USSR or Belarusian citizenship –  a document certifying the loss of the USSR or Belarusian citizenship must be submitted to the Embassy

               4. Visa support documents for the required type of visa

Type B visa

 

  • transit visa through the territory of Belarus (e.g. the UK — Belarus — Russia). Please note that entry to Belarus from one country and returning to the same country from Belarus without going to a third country is not a transit (e.g. the UK — Belarus — the UK).

Type C (short-term) visa:

  • tourist visa Please pay attention that accommodation booking confirmation must be send to you directly from the hotel by email or fax and allows you to stay in Belarus not more than 10 days (9 nights). Visa section does not accept information from websites like “booking.com” etc.

If you are renting private APARTMENTS, you have to provide scanned copies which the Landlord should send you by e-mail: booking confirmation; proof that the Landlord is the owner of the apartments; certificate of the registration of a private unitary enterprise.

Type D (long-term) visa:

  •  Please note that visa support documents remain in the consular section of the Embassy after the consideration of an application for a Belarusian visa.
  • For citizens of European states a SIMPLIFIED VISA PROCEDURE is provided, which does not require visa support documents confirming the purpose and conditions of  travel (letter of invitation), when applying for a private single entry short-term visa for the period of less then 30 days. In order to obtain such kind of visa in paragraph 20 of the visa application form you have to write first and last name of the inviting you citizen of Belarus. In paragraph 21 of the visa application form please write the exact address of the registration of the inviting you person in Belarus. In paragraph 23 indicate the purpose of your visit to Belarus (for example, a visit to relatives or friends). Also, it will be much easier for us to work with your paperwork if you to attach to your visa application form scanned copies of passport pages containing personal data and registration stamp of the inviting you citizen of Belarus.

 5. A COPY of the obligatory health insurance certificate form a foreign medical insurance company or a letter from your bank/company which should contain the following information:

  • the name and address of the foreign insurance company (bank), it`s phone number
  • the name of the foreign citizen covered by the insurance
  • the territorial validity should include the Republic of Belarus (Should be written Belarus, Europe incl. Belarus or Worldwide);
  • it should be valid for the period of your staying in the Republic of Belarus;
  • the minimum limit of responsibility of the medical insurance is 10 000 Euro.
  • Please send only the copies of pages of your health insurance, containing the above mentioned information (usually a copy of a health insurance certificate is enough ). There is no need to send the entire booklet of your insurance. You must have the original of your medical insurance policy during your staying in Belarus.

 

6. A return envelope  if an application is made by post: 

  • from the UK – a prepaid self-addressed return envelope (Special Delivery Service is recommended for safety reasons)
  • from Ireland – a self-addressed return envelope and extra payment of 10 Euro in accordance with payment methods

 PAYMENT METHODS:

  • 1. When applying in person - cash (EURO ONLY, no coins). Please note if you apply in person you may bring a prepaid self-addressed return envelope and we will send your passport to your address.
  • 2. When applying by post — bank transfer using the following bank details. Please note it is a EURO account and you will be asked to make in international payment. All payments should be made in EURO. As a payment confirmation, you may include a screenshot of your transfer or a note containing the date of payment, amount of the transfer and the name of the account holder. Pay the exact amount indicated in the VISA FEE (click here)

 

  • Our Bank:                               Intesa Sanpaolo — London Branch
  • Address of the Bank:              90 Queen Street, London, EC4N 1SA  
  • Account Name:                      EMBASSY OF BELARUS (write like here)
  • Account currency:                  EUR
  • Account Number:                   18 6760 01
  • Sort Code:                              40 50 45
  • IBAN:                                      GB17 BCIT 4050 4518 6760 01
  • SWIFT:                                   BCITGB2L
  • Reference                              (Name and surname of the person applying for a visa)

The Embassy does not accept other forms of payment (including personal  cheques etc).

Visa processing times:

  • Consular section strongly recommend to apply for your visa not later than one month before your visit to Belarus
  •  7 days – standard processing time (for example, if you apply on Monday visa will be ready next Monday 9.30 a.m.)
  • within 48 hours (usually next day except Wednesday) – express processing time (for an extra fee). Pay attention, consular section does not recommend to apply for express service by post because bank transfer may take several days
  • You do not need an appointment in order to apply for a visa. Visit us during visitors hours: each day from 9.30 a.m. till 12.30 p.m. except Wednesday and weekends/national holidays.

Important information:

  • once you receive your passport with visa, please check the visa stamp
  • please, note that visas cannot be extended at the Embassy. If your travel plans change after the visa was issued, you have to apply for a new visa
  • to extend the term of stay in the Republic of Belarus, a foreign national should apply to local office of Citizenship and Migration Department at the place of registration in order to obtain an exit visa
  • upon arrival to Belarus visitors are required to register at the local citizenship and migration office of the Ministry of Interior of Belarus within 5 business days. Thereafter, local police authorities will issue a registration stamp, which will be attached to the visitor’s passport. If the visitor is staying in a hotel, this will be arranged by the hotel services (reception bureau)
  • Open
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Closed
  • Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Opening hours
  • 9.30 – 12.30
  • Address
  • 6 Kensington Court
  • London W8 5DL
  • Tel.
  • (14.00 – 16.00 Monday to Friday)
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  •  +44 (0)207 938 3677

  • Fax
  • +44 (0)207 938 5985
  • E-mail
  •     Consular and Visa Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus
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