Most foreign visitors to Belarus require one of a range of available visas: Belarus transit visas, short or long-stay visas, single or multi-entry
Most foreigners visiting Belarus require a visa.
There are also some exceptions for diplomatic passport holders from:
All other foreigners need visas to travel to Belarus.
The most commonly used visa is the short-term visa. These are valid for up to 90 days and suitable for:
Short-term visas can be single, double or multiple entry, depending on requirements.
Tourists usually receive a short-term group visa via their travel agency.
Long-term visas are usually valid for one year and allow multiple entry to Belarus. They are suitable for:
Transit visas for Belarus are valid up to one year and allow the holder 2 days to travel across Belarusian territory.
Visas are issued by the following bodies:
In order to receive a visa, you must submit the following documents to your local Consular Section or representative office:
Can you get your visa after you arrive?
Usually this is not possible, and most airlines will not allow you to travel without a valid visa.
However, for foreigners entering Belarus from a country without a representative office, it is possible to get the visa on arrival at Minsk National Airport.
In order to do this the person or organisation inviting you to Belarus must submit the original invitation to the Department of Citizenship and Migration prior to your arrival.
Successful applications will be processed within 5 working days of receiving the request.
Visa charges vary according to:
Thus, consular fees are
For issuing visas to UK citizens:
transit visas – $78/ £50 (5 business days)
short-term visas – $114/£75 (5 business days)
long-term visas – $366/£235 (5 business days).
For issuing visas (5 business days) to USA citizens:
transit visas: regular - $160
short-term visas: regular - $160 (single entry), $ 190 (double/multiple entry)
long-term visas: regular - $270.
Consular fees for citizens of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Estonia stand at €25 for single-entry short-term visas and €60 for multiple-entry short-term visas.
Visas for Serbia citizens (for 30 days and over) and Japan citizens are free.
Visas processed at Minsk National Airport usually cost double the standard tariff.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus provides a regularly updated list of consular fees.