A Belarusian visa is a permit to travel to the country, enter and remain for a limited period, for specific purposes. The competent Belarus authorities grant the permit to applicants that meet the criteria and are asserted not to be a threat to the security of Belarus.

There are three types of Belarusian visas according to the intended period of stay:

B – Transit visa, with the right of single, double or multiple transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus within 2 days;

C – Short-term visa, valid for up to 90 days. This visa can be granted for the following purposes: business, participation in sport or cultural events, tourism, private purposes, study, employment, religious reasons, implementation of humanitarian programs, visiting the burial places and journalistic activity.

D – Long-term visa, valid for up to 1 year with the right to stay up to 90 days, unless otherwise stipulated by the international treaties of the Republic of Belarus.

There are three types of Belarusian visas according to the intended number of entries:

Single entry visa.  It enables its holder to enter Belarus only once, stay and depart, within a specified number of days of stay, but not more than 90 days.

Double entry visa. It permits its holder to enter the territory of Belarus up to twice, stay and depart within a specified number of days of stay, but not more than 90 days.

Multiple-entry visa. It entitles its holder to enter Belarus, stay and leave more than two times, the period specified in the visa and within a specified number of days of stay, but not more than 90 days per year, unless otherwise stipulated by the international treaties of the Republic of Belarus.

Before you start the actual procedures to get a visa to Belarus, you need to choose which visa type you actually need to apply for. If you apply for the wrong visa your application may be rejected, or you may get a visa that is not that useful for you.