Belarus offers visa-free entry to citizens of over 80 countries for short-term stays of up to 30 days. This means that travelers from these countries can enter Belarus without obtaining a visa in advance. However, certain conditions and restrictions apply, such as entering and exiting the country through specified border checkpoints and providing proof of sufficient financial means to support themselves during their stay.
The visa-free regime of Belarus aims to promote tourism and facilitate business and cultural exchange between Belarus and other countries. It also reflects the country's efforts to attract foreign investment and encourage international cooperation.
It is important to note that visa-free entry does not give travelers the right to work in Belarus or to stay beyond the allowed period. Violations of the visa-free regime or other immigration regulations may result in fines, detention, deportation, or a ban on future travel to Belarus.
Travelers from countries not included in the visa-free list must obtain a visa to enter Belarus. The visa application requirements and procedures vary depending on the purpose of the visit and the type of visa.
Under the Belarus visa-free regime policy, foreign nationals who arrive in Belarus through Minsk International Airport are eligible to enter the country without obtaining a visa beforehand. This policy applies to citizens of certain countries, including:-
If citizens of Gambia, Haiti, India, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa, and Vietnam hold a valid multiple-entry C or D visa issued by Schengen/EU countries, an entry stamp from these countries in their passport, and a valid return ticket through Minsk International Airport, they may also enter Belarus without a visa through Minsk International Airport.
Foreign nationals who are eligible to enter Belarus without a visa through Minsk International Airport, as listed above, are also permitted to enter the Brest and Grodno territories of Belarus without a visa for a stay of up to 15 days. However, visitors must obtain the appropriate documentation from a certified local travel agency in Belarus prior to travel.
It is important to note that only certain entry checkpoints are permitted for visa-free entry into these territories. These include the Brest (Terespol), Domachevo, and Peschatka checkpoints for the Brest region, and the Lesnaya checkpoint for the Grodno region. Visitors must also depart Belarus through the same checkpoint through which they entered.
Under the visa-free regime policy, all foreign nationals who enter Belarus without a visa are required to register themselves at the local police department in Belarus if they plan to stay for more than five days. This registration process is mandatory and involves providing personal information and details about the purpose of their visit.
The registration requirement is intended to ensure that foreign nationals who enter Belarus are accounted for and to facilitate effective communication with authorities in case of any emergencies. It is important to note that failure to comply with this requirement may result in fines or other legal consequences.
Visitors to Belarus should confirm the registration requirements with their accommodation provider or local police department to ensure compliance with the law. Additionally, visitors should ensure that they carry the necessary travel documents with them at all times, including a valid passport and any required visas or registration documents.
The documents required for the visa-free regime of Belarus depend on the country of origin and the duration of stay.
For citizens of the countries eligible for visa-free entry, the following documents are required:
A valid passport: The passport must have at least 6 months' validity from the date of arrival in Belarus.
Return ticket: Visitors must have a return ticket or onward ticket to a third country or the country of their nationality.
Health insurance: Visitors must have valid medical insurance that covers their stay in Belarus.
Sufficient funds: Visitors must have sufficient funds to cover their expenses during their stay in Belarus.
Accommodation confirmation: Visitors must provide proof of accommodation for their stay in Belarus.
For citizens of the countries eligible for visa-free entry to Brest and Grodno territories of Belarus, they need to obtain an appropriate document from a certified local travel agency in Belarus before their travel.
Citizens of 74 countries, including EU member states, Brazil, Japan, and the United States, can enter Belarus without a visa under the visa-free regime policy. Additionally, citizens of certain countries can enter without a visa if they possess a multiple-entry C or D visa issued by Schengen/EU countries, an entry stamp of these countries on their passport, and a valid return ticket through Minsk International Airport.
Visitors can stay in Belarus for up to 30 days, with the exception of citizens of Russia, who can stay for up to 90 days.
For citizens of the 74 countries that can enter without a visa, only a valid passport is required. For citizens of the countries who can enter with a multiple-entry visa, an entry stamp, and a valid return ticket, these documents must be presented upon arrival. For visitors entering the Brest and Grodno territories, an appropriate document issued by a certified local travel agency in Belarus is required.
Visitors who plan to stay in Belarus for more than 5 days must register themselves at local police departments in Belarus. The registration must be completed within 5 days of arrival.
Foreign citizens of certain countries, listed in the Belarus visa-free regime policy, can enter Belarus without a visa for a specific period, provided they meet the requirements for the visa-free entry.
No, the visa-free entry to Belarus is currently only applicable for foreign citizens who enter Belarus through Minsk International Airport, Brest or Grodno territories.
Yes, all foreign citizens who enter Belarus without a visa under a visa-free regime policy must register themselves at local police departments in Belarus if they plan to stay in Belarus above 5 days.
To enter Brest or Grodno territories of Belarus without a visa, foreign citizens must obtain an appropriate document that is issued by a certified local travel agency in Belarus.
The duration of the visa-free stay in Belarus depends on the citizenship of the foreign citizen. It can range from an indefinite stay to 30 days, 90 days, or 15 days in Brest or Grodno territories.