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 need a visa to visit Belarus.
The exceptions are:
Citizens of China do not need visas:
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:
Foreign nationals arriving in Belarus via Minsk National Airport can get a visa at the airport.
Before arrival a foreign national needs to submit in advance (not later than the established timeframe) the documents to the Foreign Admissions Division (FAD) of the Consular Directorate of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Belarus, which is located at the airport:
Visa support documents may be submitted by the inviting company or person or by post taking into account the delivery time.
Address: Foreign Admissions Division of the Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus,
National Airport Minsk, Minsk, 220054.
Phone: +375 17 279 20 58
In case of serious illness or death of a close relative (family member) visa support documents can be submitted at the time of application for a visa.
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 – £30/ €40 (5 business days)
short-term visas – £90/ €120 (5 business days)
long-term visas – £115/ €150 (5 business days).
For issuing visas (5 business days) to USA citizens:
transit visas: regular - $50
short-term visas: regular - $70 (single entry), $105/$140 (double/multiple entry)
long-term visas: regular - $175.
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.
Consular fees for citizens of Hungary, Malta, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic stand at €60 for single-entry and for multiple-entry short-term visas, at €150 – for the long-term visa.
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.