The majority of foreign citizens are allowed to enter Belarus only if they have a visa for Belarus. When a visa is issued, a migration card is provided in addition to it. Be sure not to lose it!
Short-term visas. This is the most commonly used visa type with duration of stay up to 90 days. There are single-entry, double-entry or multiple entry short-term visas.
As a rule, long-term visas are valid for 1 year and allow multiple entry. Such visas are suitable for:
— businessmen who visit the country frequently;
— tourists who are willing to have a longer stay in Belarus.
The third type available is transit visas. They are issued with a validity period up to 1 year and provide the holder with the opportunity to cross Belarus within 2 days.
There is one more type, group visas. The following is required to apply for such visas:
— the number of people in the group should not be less than 5;
— all the documents for all the group members (passports, application forms, photos, any additional supporting documents required for a given visa type) should be provided together and at once;
— in addition to the set of the documents listed above, 2 copies of the list of group members should be provided and the following information should be included for each person: name, surname, last name, birth date, passport number and its expiration date, citizenship;
— people who are entering/leaving the Republic of Belarus on a group visa are obliged to cross the border and travel within Belarus together.
Where and how can you obtain a visa?
— at consular departments of Belarus;
— at diplomatic missions of Belarus;
— at the consular centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus located at Minsk-2 airport (this option is for citizens of the countries where there are no consular departments nor missions of Belarus).
Petition, Invitation, Tourist Voucher
In order to acquire a tourist visa, a tourist voucher issued by a Belarusian travel agency is required.
Without the assistance of a travel agency, applying for a visa may be challenging. The only exception are travellers who have friends or acquaintances in Belarus, though in this case it is reasonable to apply not for a tourist, but for a guest visa for which an invitation is required instead of a voucher.
For business tourists the best option is to obtain a petition from the institution of their interest.
— transit visa (type B): single-entry — €20, single-entry for a group — €10 per each person, multiple entry — €40;
— short-term visa (type C): single-entry — €60, single-entry for a group — €10 per each person, multiple entry — €120;
— long-term multiple entry visa (type D) — €150.
Note that visas issued at Minsk-2 National Airport cost about 2 times more than the usual rate.