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INFORMATION ABOUT VISAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

 

In order to obtain a Belarusian visa the following documents should be submitted (brought in person) to the Consular and Visa Section of the Embassy:

1. A valid original passport or travel document with at least one blank page available for the visa (please, without any covers). The passport must be valid not less than 90 days beyond the date of planned departure from Belarus.

2. Completely filled out visa application form (fill in eng / viet). If a question does not apply, please, write “n/a”. Incomplete forms will be returned to applicants unprocessed. The visa application form should be filled out in legible handwriting or typing. The purpose of visit must be described in detail. It is the applicants' responsibility to check that the information given on the form is correct and they must sign the form themselves. Failure to observe this requirement may result in refusal of the application.

Please follow the Instructions for completing a visa application form

3. One recent passport-sized (45 mm x 35 mm) colour photograph of the applicant, which should be glued or stapled to the marked space at the upper right-hand corner of the application form. Please, note that the photograph must not be stapled over the facial area. Photographs with staples that overlap the holder's facial features will not be accepted. The photograph should be:

- taken against a plain, evenly lit and light background;

- clear and of good quality;

- printed on normal photographic paper;

- full face without sunglasses, hat or other head covering unless for ethnic or religious reasons.

Please, note that we may not accept photographs which do not meet these requirements.

4. medical insurance policy or confirmation letter on medical insurance issued by the insurance company (copy is acceptable), that meets the following requirements: 

  • contains name and address of the insurance company, its phone number or phone number of the international assistance company
  • contains full name of the insured person
  • is valid for Belarus (valid Worldwide or for Europe is also acceptable)
  • is valid for the period of stay in Belarus
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  • contains minimum limit of responsibility of the medical insurance in amount of 10 000 Euro (equal amount in other foreign currency is acceptable)

Now the the contract on obligatory health insurance can be issued online!

5. Visa support documents:

Type B — Transit visa (valid up to 1 year, allowing stay in Belarus not more than 48 hours) – a valid visa of the country the applicant is traveling from/to via Belarus (e.g. Russia). If such visa is not required – a copy of the ticket, itinerary from a travel agency or any other documents confirming the applicant's trip to the country of destination.

 

Type C — Short-term (business) visa (up to 90 days) – a letter of invitation (original) from a company or organization in Belarus, which is registered as a legal entity by the Belarusian authorities. It should be printed on the official letterhead with a registration number, date of issue, and should bear the signature of an official and a corporate seal. It should also indicate the expected duration of the applicant's stay in Belarus. An inviting party must provide written guarantees that an invitee will abide by the rules and regulations applied to foreign citizens in the Republic of Belarus. Citizens of the European Union states, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and some other countries (please, check at the Embassy), who intend to stay in the Republic of Belarus for the period less than 30 days do not need to provide letters of invitation. Still, the inviting person or organization and their address must be indicated in the visa application form.

 

Journalists can apply for this type of visa only after being accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

 

Type C — Short-term (visitor) visa (up to 90 days) – an original letter of invitation (not a copy) made up by the applicant's friends or relatives residing in Belarus at the local passport and visa office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. An invitation may also be submitted in person by a Belarusian citizen on a temporary visit to the United Kingdom. The signature on this invitation must be notarized at the Consular and Visa Section of the Embassy of Belarus. In case of emergency invitation may be replaced by a doctor-certified fax message from Belarus about sudden illness or death of the applicant's next of kin.

 

Citizens of the European Union states, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and some other countries (please, check at the Embassy), who intend to stay in the Republic of Belarus for the period less than 30 days do not need to provide letters of invitation. Still, the inviting person or organization and their address must be indicated in the visa application form

 

Type C — Short-term (tourist) visa (up to 30 days) 

 

Type C — Short-term (student) visa (up to 30 days) – an original letter of invitation from an educational institution in Belarus. If the applicant intends to study in Belarus for the period exceeding 30 days, he or she should apply on arrival for a temporary residence there.

 

Type C — Short-term (humanitarian) visa (up to 90 days) – a letter of invitation (fax message) from the Department of Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Committee on the Consequences of the Chernobyl Catastrophe or Regional Executive Committees. If the letter of invitation is made up by another organization, the visa fee will not be waived.

 

Type D — Long-term (visitor) visa (valid 1 year with the right of stay in Belarus not more than 90 days) – an original letter of invitation (not a copy) made up by the applicant's friends or relatives residing in Belarus at the local passport and visa office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

 

An invitation may also be submitted by a Belarusian citizen on a temporary visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, who is a husband, wife or a close relative of the applicant (father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandparent, grandchild). The signature on this invitation must be notarized at the Consular and Visa Section of the Embassy of Belarus.

 

Type D — Long-term (humanitarian) visa (valid 1 year with the right of stay in Belarus not more than 90 days) – applications for this type of visa should be forwarded by the inviting organization directly to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus in Minsk. The application must be approved by the Department of Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Committee on the Consequences of the Chernobyl Catastrophe or Regional Executive Committees, otherwise the visa fee will not be waived.

 

5. For a group visa (more than 5 people, entering and exiting Belarus together) – in addition to the above-mentioned visa support documents a list of the people in the group should be provided. The list must contain following information: name and surname (as in passport), date of birth, passport number, passport expiry date, citizenship. The leader of the group should be mentioned first. The list should be signed by the director of the company or chairman of the organization and bear the corresponding corporate seal.

6.  If the applicant previously had the USSR or Belarusian citizenship, he or she must submit the document proving the loss of the USSR or Belarusian citizenship.

 

Persons without citizenship (including so-called “non-resident”), documentary by travel papers of the specified countries, concerning payment for visas are equated to citizens of the states which have given out travel papers.

 

The Consular and Visa Section of the Embassy reserves the right to require additional documents. Personal interview is obligatory. 


After receiving the visa, please, check it for mistakes and, if any, document(s) must be returned to the Embassy for corrections. The Embassy will not be responsible for any mistakes in the visas, which were not brought to our attention prior to your departure from the country of residence.

 Please, note that visas cannot be extended. If your travel plans have been changed after the visa had been issued, you have to reapply for a new visa.

 All foreign citizens travelling to the Republic of Belarus are required to have a valid medical insurance. Insurance certificate can be bought at the Belarusian border. Visitors are required to present their insurance certificates to the immigration officer point of entry into Belarus. Holders of Belarusian transit visas travelling to other countries via the territory of Belarus are not required to have medical insurance certificates.

 Any foreign national entering into Belarus is required to fill in migration card at the border point and submit it to the immigration officer (rules).

 Within 5 business days after arrival to Belarus visitors are required to visit the local police office and report information regarding their current address and duration of stay. 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, then this will be arranged by the hotel services (reception bureau).

 

Particulars of issuance of entry visas at the «National Airport Minsk» —http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/info/d72e8d0162feaad1.html