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All visa applicants are to submit to the Embassy of Belarus in the US or Consulate General of Belarus in New York the following documents:

(Note: The following requirements are actual for U.S. citizens only. Citizens of other countries, stateless persons and refugees should contact the Embassy or the Consulate General to clarify the terms and conditions for obtaining a visa.)

 1. Filled in application form

  • The form must be filled in completely, no blank spaces should be left.
  • Answers to the questions of the visa application form and attachment to it must be complete and logically consistent and indicate the real purpose of the trip.
  • If a question does not apply, please type “N/A”.
  • If the answer is no, write “none”.
  • The visa application form is signed by the foreign citizen personally.
  • The visa application form for a minor is signed by his or her legal representative.
  • Please, fill in the form in block letters.
  • Incomplete forms will be returned to the applicants unprossesed.

 2. One photo
The photograph must meet certain requirements specified in the international standard ISO / IEC 19794-5:

  • Size 35x45 mm.
  • Full face, against an even light background.
  • High resolution, no corrugation or ink allowed.
  • 70 — 80 percent of the picture placed vertically.
  • 6 months-older photos not accepted. 

3. Pasport or a foreign travel document:
Pasport or a foreign travel document, submitted by the foreign citizen, must: 

  • Contain a photograph of the owner. In case minors accompanying the foreigner are included into the entry visa, the foreign travel document should contain photographs of those persons;
  • Have at least two blank pages intended for visas;
  • The document shall be valid as long as at least 90 days after the expected date of departure of a foreign citizen from the Republic of Belarus.   

A foreign travel document, submitted by the foreign citizen, must not:  

  • Be dubious in terms of authenticity or ownership
  • Contain marks, entries, erasures and corrections that are not certified by the competent authorities of the respective foreign state. There must be no torn pages either.

4. Visa support documents, depending on visa type:

5. Medical insurance policy. Click for details.

6. Consular fee Click for details about fees.

7. Envelope
Applying by mail, you should enclose a completely addressed and stamped return envelope showing yourself as both shipper and recipient. To prevent the envelope loss make sure that your envelope has a tracking number.

Please use USPS or UPS postal services only.   

At the request of the consular officer additional documents may require for issuance of an entry visa

The term of visa procedure is 5 working days (as a matter of urgency — within 2 working days) from the date of application. Decision is taken by the consular officer on the basis of the submitted documents and the results of the interview is final. 

The consular officer has the right to reduce the number of entries and the validity of the visa, increase the term of visa procedure.
The consular officer is not obliged to indicate the reasons for visa denial.
In case of visa denial, the consular fee does not reimbursed. 

To extend the term of stay on the territory of the Republic of Belarus, foreigner should contact the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior at the place of ones 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 (to prepare visit to such areas, please serf the website of the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus)

Pecularities of issuance of entry visas at Minsk National Airport
Rules of border crossing for foreign citizens
Customs formalities while entering or leaving Belarus