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Visiting Belarus without visas

Citizens of many countries, who generally need a visa to visit Belarus, have an opportunity to enter the country under a simplified procedure today. Such trips have become possible thanks to the recently introduced visa-free travel regulations in Belarus.

COVID-19: Belarus Travel Advice

Belarus government and the Healthcare Ministry enforced certain measures to prevent the import and spread of the coronavirus infection. In this regard, please be ready for increased attention and control and keep in mind that you will have to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19.

Please note that:

  • entry into Belarus through land checkpoints is temporarily suspended for foreign citizens and stateless persons, except for those who have a permit for permanent or temporary residence in Belarus (there are exceptions for certain categories);
  • foreigners and stateless persons (except those who have a temporary/permanent residence permit in Belarus) are allowed to enter Belarus only through airports.

According to government decisions, foreigners over six years old arriving in Belarus must have an original or a copy of a medical document either in hard copy or an electronic form, confirming a negative COVID-19 test result. The PCR test must be done no later than three days before the border crossing date (this period includes the date of border crossing). The requirement does not apply to citizens with temporary or permanent residency permits.

A PCR test is not required if you have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

The certificate must be submitted in hard copy and be in Belarusian or Russian and (or English).

COVID-19 vaccination must be completed within 1 to 12 months prior to the date of arrival in Belarus.

According to Council of Ministers’ Resolution No. 727 of 17 December 2021, self-isolation was canceled for all categories of citizens arriving from abroad.

Citizens of Belarus, foreigners and stateless persons diagnosed with the COVID-19 infection are required to quarantine for seven calendar days.

Citizens of the Russian Federation transiting to Russia do not need to take a PCR test.

For more information regarding the rules of crossing the state border of the Republic of Belarus and the documents required at the checkpoint, please visit the official website of the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus.  

More details are available here:

Belarus’ government outlines measures to curb coronavirus

Belarus sets self-isolation rules

People entering Belarus should self-isolate for 10 days

UPDATE! 13 October 2020. Self-isolation period reduced to ten days in Belarus

Belarus’ Healthcare explains 10-day self-isolation rules

UPDATE! 15 July 2021. Belarus reduces self-isolation period to seven days

No self-isolation for vaccinated arrivals in Belarus

Thirty-day visa-free travel to Belarus

Citizens of dozens of countries can take advantage of the 30-day visa-free travel to Belarus (to see the full list of countries, please click here).

Foreign nationals may visit any place in Belarus within 30 days of their visa-free stay. However, they must arrive and leave the country only through Minsk National Airport. The visa-free entry rules do not extend to any other international border checkpoints or airports of the country.

Belarusian visa-free entry terms adjusted

Belarus’ visa-free travel rules for foreign visitors do not apply to people flying to Belarus from or to Russia (these flights are considered internal and are not subject to border control).

Visa-free entry does not apply to foreigners coming to Belarus to work, do business, or study, if the period of activity exceeds 30 days.

To enter Belarus for 30 days visa-free foreign nationals must have the following documents:

  • a valid passport or another substituting document for traveling abroad;
  • financial means (at least two base amounts* denominated in dollars or Belarusian rubles for each day of stay, or 50 base amounts if the period of stay is 30 days);
    *since 1 January 2022 one base amount is Br32
  • medical travel insurance valid across Belarus with a minimum medical coverage of  €10,000;
  • Citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, India, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa must also have a valid multi-visa to the EU states or the Schengen Area with a stamp confirming the entry to their territory and plane tickets confirming the departure from Minsk National Airport within 30 days after the date of the entry.

Attention! 30-day visa-free stay in Belarus starts on the date the passport is stamped. If you arrive late in the evening and go through customs clearance before 24.00, this will be considered your first day of the visa-free stay.

Foreign citizens who plan to spend more than 10 days in Belarus must register with the police indicating the address they are staying. If foreign visitors stay in a hotel, hostel, health resort or another facility of collective accommodation, the management of the above-mentioned facilities shall be responsible for the registration with the police.

Since 2 January 2019 foreign nationals and stateless persons who are temporarily staying in Belarus will be able to get registered on the website without having to visit a local police office. This service is free of charge and will be available to foreigners who arrived in Belarus through checkpoints on the Belarusian border.  To find out the details, please, click here.

Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry explains online registration for foreigners

Fifteen-day visa-free access to Grodno-Brest tourist zone

Citizens of a number of countries can visit the Grodno-Brest tourist zone visa-free for 15 days. Foreign visitors can enter this zone through two regional airports and crossing points on the land border (with Lithuania and Poland). This tourism and recreation zone includes popular attractions and biggest cities in the western part of the country, including:

  • in Brest Region – the city of Brest, Brest District, Zhabinka District, Kamenets District and Pruzhany District;
  • in Grodno Region – the city of Grodno, Grodno District, Berestovitsa District, Volkovysk District, Voronovo District, Lida District, Svisloch District and Shchuchin District.

In line with the president’s decree, the 15-day visa-free option is available to citizens of more than 70 countries, including Latvia’s non-citizens and Estonia’s stateless persons.

The rules of entry as part of the 15-day visa-free program are different from the 30-day visa-free option available to travelers arriving in Minsk by air.

To be able to visit the visa-free zone, a foreign national must present the following documents:

  • Valid passport or an equivalent identity document;
  • Travel medical insurance with the minimum coverage of €10,000. The travel insurance must be valid in Belarus;
  • Migration card (issued upon arrival);
  • Document allowing foreign nationals (individuals or groups of tourists) to visit the Tourism and Recreation Zone Brest-Grodno. It can be obtained while purchasing a tour from a certified tour operator that has the right to organize visa-free travels to Belarus. This means that a tourist needs to approach an official travel agency beforehand (not later than 48 hours before the trip), make a travel plan, pay for the chosen services (be it an individual plan or an all-inclusive tour), and pick up the document that will be subsequently presented at a checkpoint.

To learn more about the visa-free program and travel agencies, please click the links below:

Tourists can enter the visa-free zone in Belarus via 14 international border checkpoints.

  • automobile checkpoints Brest (Terespol), Bruzgi (Kuznica Bialostocka), Domachevo (Slawatycze), Benyakoni (Salcininkai), Peschatka (Polowce), Privalka (Raigardas);
  • small border trafic checkpoint Pererov (Bialowieza), Lesnaya (Rudawka), Privalka (Szandubra);
  • railway border checkpoint Brest (Terespol), Grodno (Kuznica Bialostocka);
  • Brest Airport border checkpoint, Grodno Airport border checkpoint.

NOTE! Foreign visitors who enter the visa-free travel zone must register with the local police department within five days. As a rule, hotels, farm tourism estates, and health resorts where tourists stay take care of that. Self-employed businessmen who rent apartments to foreigners do that, too.

Foreign visitors are required to have funds equivalent to at least two base amounts* per day of stay.
*The base amount stands at Br32 as of 1 January 2022

There are no checkpoints or any fences at the border of the visa-free travel zone inside Belarus, just signboards. Visitors are forbidden to break the rules of stay as part of the 15-day visa-free travel program and go outside the visa-free zone. Otherwise, violators will be punished in line with Belarusian laws (a warning, a fine, deportation).

Note! When visiting Belarus as part of an organized group, tourists can go beyond the visa-free zone and visit other areas of Brest Oblast and Grodno Oblast, but only if it is part of the planned tour route.

Great Patriotic War monuments in Belarus