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14 Jan 2019

Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry explains online registration for foreigners

Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry explains online registration for foreigners

MINSK, 14 January (BelTA) – A website for the digital registration of foreigners, who intend to visit or temporarily stay in Belarus, went online on 2 January. According to the latest data, 420 foreigners have used the website, with 194 failing to pass the registration process. The Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry has explained why it had happened and what could be done to avoid it, BelTA has learned.

Vladimir Kuzuro, Head of the Organization, Analysis, and Informatization Office of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry, noted that the ministry analyzes the statistics of all attempts to use the system regardless of whether the registration process was a success or the user was told to personally apply to the nearest citizenship and migration office. According to the source, the system has to check the data the user types in against many databases. If at least one character in passport data is mistyped, if the border crossing date is incorrect, if some fields are incorrectly filled in or are not filled in at all, the user will be denied registration. An absolute majority of registration denials are caused by incorrect typed-in data.

Representatives of the Internal Affairs Ministry explained the registration process in detail. Foreign citizens are advised to use any web browser to go to the digital services web portal, choose the preferred interface language, and register as a new user using an email address. Then the foreign citizen has to log in to the personal area on the website, click the tab Available Services and chose the category Citizenship and Migration. The code for foreigner registration is Users have to order this service by filling in an application. First and last names have to be filled in just the way they are in the passport using Latin or Cyrillic characters. One kind will suffice. Information about the passport, insurance, date of entry, and the address the foreigner will live at will have to be entered. If the foreigner enters the country thanks to the visa-free travel program, he or she does not have to enter visa information. Users are advised to type in all the information with care. After the application is submitted, the user will get a successful registration notification in a few seconds. Otherwise, the user will be advised to contact the nearest citizenship and migration office.

All foreigners, who temporarily stay in Belarus, have to pass the registration process. Citizens of Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Kazakhstan can stay in Belarus without registration for up to 30 days, Russians – for up to 90 days. A temporary residence permit or a permanent residence permit is required beyond that period. If foreigners, who enter the country using the visa-free travel program, want to stay in Belarus for more than five days, (weekends and national holidays do not count), they will have to pass the registration process, too.

Foreigners will have to apply to the nearest citizenship and migration office if they want to extend the registration at the same address or if they entered the country via the Russian border. If foreign citizens stay at hotels, sanatoriums, and farm stays, their hosts will take care of the registration process.

Foreign citizens do not have to carry a proof of the successful online registration. But a hardcopy of the screenshot of the successful registration notification can expedite things during control procedures at the border.

The Citizenship and Migration Department of the Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry would like users to report all problems encountered during the online registration process. It can be done by calling +375 (17) 218-55-08 during working hours. Alternatively problems can be reported to the technical support of the National Center for Electronic Services at +375 (17) 229-30-00, extension number 713.

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