Traveling without borders: visa-free in Belarus
In addition to pleasant anticipations from a trip to another country, we all one way or another are afraid to forget a document or not pay for a visa. Fortunately, in Belarus there is a visa-free regime for almost all countries of the world, however, with certain conditions. Today VETLIVA will tell you exactly about them in more details.
Visa-free in Belarus
- Long-term trips in Belarus without visa
- Visa-free in Belarus for EU countries, USA and others
- Visa-free in Belarus: Grodno and Brest
- How to get Belarusian visa?
NB! All the terms and prices relevant at the time of August 2019.
Long-term trips in Belarus without visa
Let's start the analysis of issues from the list of countries that do not need a visa for long-term trips to Belarus. Note that these conditions are somewhat different from what we talk about below, so look at both and look for your country in this list.
VETLIVA reminds: if you are on a business trip, here are some tips for you how to choose best lodging in that case.
Visa-free in Belarus for EU countries, USA and others
Now let's talk about countries for which 30-day trips around Belarus do not require a visa, but have their own specific conditions. There are 74 countries in total, this list includes all the European Union countries, the United States of America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and others. Here are the full list you can get acquainted with.
The main condition for entry for 30 days into the country and being in Belarus without a visa (not including a passport, of course) is entry and exit through the Minsk National Airport. The exception is the case when you are leaving for the Russian Federation or arriving from it, since there are no visa agreements between our country and Russia.
What are the special terms of visa-free entrance to Belarus for this countries:
A medical insurance policy worth at least 10,000€, operating in Belarus (in that case this document is regulated by Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs);
Monetary amount in calculation 2 basic values for each day of stay in the country or 50 base rates (1 base rate = 25,50 BYN or 12 EUR) if the stay is full 30 days, in Belarusian rubles or foreign currency. So that, in general, you will have about 24 euros for each day of your stay. If you stay for all 30 days, there will be 600 euros.
Additionally for citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, India, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa the multiple entry visa of EU or Schengen states with a note on entry into their territory is required. Also you should have air tickets with confirmation of departure from the National Airport Minsk within 30 days from the date of entry.
VETLIVA tells: are you worried about prices and that there might not be enough money? Here is a full-fledged guide for money and prices in Belarus to soothe your soul.
Visa-free in Belarus: Grodno and Brest
Since Brest and Grodno are now combined into one tourist zone, you can visit them without a visa for a period of 15 days (this only applies to tourist groups).
What do you need to do:
- contact the tour operator (in Brest or Grodno),
- provide a passport scan (the pages you need to mail will be told you by the tour operator),
- indicate travel dates and contact details,
- pay for travel services,
- grab the original of your passport, one printed copy, medical insurance and money to stay in Belarus (approximately €24 per day),
- registrate (it you stay in Belarus without visa for more than 10 days).
What to do in Brest and Grodno for 15 days? Well, we have already prepared for you full-fledged guides to these cities, so grab things and go to the stylish European Brest and royal Grodno, full of castles.
Other cases: how to get Belarusian visa?
If for some reason none of the visa-free regimes in Belarus suits you, do not be alarmed: you can get a visa and it is not so difficult to do it. The most reliable information on visas is on the website of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Visas are issued by:
- consular offices of Belarus,
- diplomatic missions of Belarus,
- the consular center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the airport of Minsk.
To obtain a visa, you must provide the following documents to your local consular post or representative office:
- completed visa application form,
- 1 passport photo,
- accompanying documents (original written invitation with the signature and seal of the inviting party in case the company invites),
- other documents agreed upon by the consular department (depending on the purpose of the visit and the type of visa required),
- passport (the expiration date must be at least 90 days from the expiration date of the visa).
In addition, you can get a visa to Belarus directly at the National Airport Minsk. To do this, you need to submit documents in advance to the department for the entry of foreigners of the main consular department of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is located at the airport:
- for registration of short-term visas — 3 working days before the expected date of arrival,
- for registration of long-term visas — 5 working days before the expected date of arrival.
VETLIVA advises: decided to start a trip to Belarus with the capital of the country? There is a complete guide to Minsk for you!
Belarus and visa-free: freedom of travel
These are the conditions for visiting Belarus at the moment. It's great when you can travel without worrying about documents, just taking along your passport and necessary documents. If you still have any questions, don’t be afraid to write to the consulate or travel agency: they will always help you!
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