Citizens of a number of states can come to Belarus without a visa if it is stipulated by international treaties.
The head of state approved several visa-free travel programs with varying duration and terms of stay. Thus, travelers who would normally need a visa to come to Belarus, can visit the country under a simplified procedure. Travelers may opt for one of them:
Most foreign visitors need a visa to come to Belarus. However, some of them are entitled to visa-free travel options.
In accordance with the international treaties of the Republic of Belarus, no visas are required for citizens of:
Investors and other people included in the lists compiled by the administration of the Industrial Park Great Stone can stay in Belarus for 180 days without visas. Besides, Ordinance No. 8 "Concerning the development of the digital economy" has introduced the ability to enter Belarus without visas for foreigners employed by the resident companies of the Hi-Tech Park and the founders of the resident companies of the Hi-Tech Park.
There are also some exceptions for diplomatic passport holders from:
All other foreigners need visas to travel to Belarus.
The most commonly used visa is the short-term visa. These are valid for up to 90 days and suitable for:
Short-term visas can be single, double or multiple entry, depending on requirements.
Tourists usually receive a short-term group visa via their travel agency.
Long-term visas are usually valid for one year and allow multiple entry to Belarus. They are suitable for:
Transit visas for Belarus are valid up to one year and allow the holder 2 days to travel across Belarusian territory.
Visas are issued by the following bodies:
In order to receive a visa, you must submit the following documents to your local Consular Section or representative office:
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:
Visa support documents may be submitted by the inviting company or person or by post taking into account the delivery time.
Address: Foreign Admissions Division of the Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus,
National Airport Minsk, Minsk, 220054.
Phone: +375 17 279 20 58
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.
Successful applications will be processed within 5 working days of receiving the request.
The new rates of the consular fees for entry visas became effective in Belarus on 1 January 2017.
Fees are discounted for nationals and some categories of residents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland:
Transit visa (type B):
Short-term visa (type C):
Long-term visa (type D) – €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:
А Belarusian entry visa for underage foreigners (up to 14 years old) is free of charge.
Visas processed at Minsk National Airport usually cost double the standard tariff.