In the Republic of Belarus the following types of entry visas are provided:

  • B – transit visa, valid for up to 2 days;
  • C – short-term visa, valid for up to 90 days;
  • 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 agreements of the Republic of Belarus.

Entry visas may be single-entry, double-entry and multiple-entry.

To extend the term of stay on the territory of the Republic of Belarus, a foreigner should contact the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior at the place of one’s registration to obtain:

  • an exit visa;
  • a residence permit and, if necessary, an exit-entry visa in addition to it.

Foreigners are entitled to travel freely within the territory of the Republic of Belarus except for places, that require a special permit issued by authorized State organs or other organizations of the Republic of Belarus, and facilities that requires a special permit issued by administrations of these facilities. Border zone and Border line are on the list of such places.

 

Long-term visas are suitable for:

  • frequent business travellers;
  • private travellers wishing to stay longer in the country.

 

How do you get a long-term visa?

Visas are issued by the following bodies:

  • Consular sections of Belarus;
  • Diplomatic Representative offices of Belarus;
  • Consular Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Minsk Airport (for nationals of countries without Belarusian representative offices).

 

Can you get a visa after you arrive?

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:

  • for short-term visas – not later than 3 business days before the expected arrival date;
  • for long-term visas – not later than 5 business days before the expected arrival date.

Visa support documents may be submitted by the inviting company or person or by post taking into account the delivery time. 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.

 

How long does it take to get a long-term visa?

Successful applications will be processed within 5 working days of receiving the request. Long-term visa (type D) costs around €60. No consular fees are collected for issuing visas to citizens (residents with a special status) of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland under the age of six. Citizens of Japan and Serbia are exempted from consular fees for any kind of visas.

Visa applications are subject to a surcharge in cases when:

  • visa applications are handled urgently (within two days) by foreign diplomatic institutions of the Republic of Belarus (surcharge of 100%);
  • visa applications are submitted to the central consular affairs office by nationals of the countries where there is no Belarusian diplomatic mission (surcharge of 50%);
  • a visa is requested at the central consular affairs office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by nationals of the countries where there is a Belarusian diplomatic mission (surcharge of 200%).

А Belarusian entry visa for underage foreigners (up to 14 years old) is free of charge.

 

Required Documents for a Belarus Long-Term Visa

When applying for a Belarus visa you will need to complete a few procedures. Once you find out where you need to submit your application, check if you have to make an appointment, or you can submit your application without a prior appointment. After you figure this all out, continue with further procedures, including collecting the required documents for visa application. You should ask the representative Belarus authorities in your country to provide you with a list of the documents you need to submit.

 

For the purpose of business:

  • An original letter of visa support of a Belarusian legal entity.
  • A document, that proves the necessity of multiple visits to the Republic of Belarus during the requested period of visa validity.

 

For participation in sport or cultural events:

  • An original letter of visa support of a Belarusian legal entity.
  • A document, that proves the necessity of multiple visits to the Republic of Belarus during the requested period of visa validity.

 

For private purposes – one of the following original documents:

  • An invitation, issued by the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
  • A document, that proves the existence of the property right to the house/apartment on the territory of the Republic of Belarus – for the property owner and his/her family members.
  • A contract for medical services with a Belarusian healthcare institution, prepared in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus – for processing a visa to a foreigner who is in need of medical care, provided in Belarus, as well as to an accompanying person, if required.

 

For visiting the burial places:

  • An original certificate, issued by the local executive committee, confirming the fact of burial on the territory of the Republic of Belarus and the maintenance of the grave of a close relative or spouse of a foreign citizen;

 

For religious reasons:

  • An original letter of visa support of a religious association, approved by the Commissioner for Religious and Ethnic Affairs.

If a foreigner was granted a long-term entry visa for the last 3 years in order to maintain business relations or realize humanitarian programs, he or she can obtain a long-term entry visa valid up to 2 years with the right of staying in the Republic of Belarus for up to 90 days per calendar year from the date of the first entry into the Republic of Belarus.

If a foreigner was granted a long-term entry visa for the last 3 years with a period of validity for more than one year in order to maintain business relations or realize humanitarian programs, this person can obtain a long-term entry visa valid up to 3 years with the right of staying in the Republic of Belarus for up to 90 days per calendar year from the date of the first entry into the Republic of Belarus.