Visa requirements

To get a Belarusian entry visa the following documents should be submitted (brought in person or sent by post) to the Embassy:

1. Completed visa application form, which meets the following requirements:

♦ visa application form should be filled out in legible handwriting (in block letters) or typing, in English or Russian / Belarusian language;

♦ answers to the questions should be complete and logically consistent and indicate the real purpose of the visit;

♦ purpose of the visit should be specified in detail;

♦ if a question does not apply, please, write “N/A”, incomplete forms will be returned to the applicants unprocessed;

♦ it is the applicant’s responsibility to check whether the information given on the form is correct;

♦ the application form should be signed by the applicant personally — failure to observe this requirement may result in refusal of the application;

♦ the visa application form for a minor should be signed by their legal representative.

2. One color photograph, which meets the following requirements:

♦ not older than 6 months;

♦ size 35 x 45 mm;

♦ full face (70-80 % of the picture) without sunglasses, hat or other head covering unless for ethnic or religious reasons;

♦ plain, evenly lit and light background;

♦ high resolution;

♦ corrugation or ink is not allowed.

3. Valid original passport, which meets the following requirements:

♦ contains a photograph of the owner;

♦ has at least two blank pages intended for visas;

♦ valid for at least 90 days after the expected departure date from the Republic of Belarus;

♦ not dubious in terms of authenticity or ownership;

♦ contains no torn pages, marks, entries, erasures and corrections that are not certified by the issuing authorities of the respective foreign state;

♦ if the applicant is under 18 years old – a copy of full Birth Certificate (contains information about parents) and copies of passports of the applicant’s parents (legal representatives);

♦ if the applicant previously had USSR or Belarusian citizenship – a document certifying the loss of the USSR or Belarusian citizenship must be submitted to the Embassy.

4. Visa support documents for the required type of visa:

Type B transit visa transit visa
Type C short-term visa tourist visa
visa for private purposes
business visa
visa for sport/cultural/scientific events
humanitarian visa
journalist visa
student visa
visa for religious reasons
employment visa
visa for permanent residence
Type D long-term visa visa for private purposes
business visa
visa for sport/cultural/scientific events
humanitarian visa
journalist visa
visa for religious reasons
employment visa

5. Health insurance, which should contain the following information:

♦ name, address and phone number of the foreign insurance company;

♦ full name of foreign citizen covered by the insurance;

♦ validity area — should include the Republic of Belarus;

♦ insurance period — should cover the whole period of stay in the Republic of Belarus;

♦ insurance coverage — at least 10 000 Euro.

Detailed information on health insurance

Online services for drawing up health insurance are provided by Belarusian insurance companies Belgosstrakh and Beleximgarant.

6. Payment

Visa processing fees and acceptable payment documents.

Free of charge visas may be issued for children under 14 years (citizens of all countries, except European Union member-states) and in case of critical health condition or death of close relatives or family members — upon presentation of appropriate documents.

Visa processing fees for citizens of countries other than United States, Canada and EU member-states may be different. For additional information, please contact the Consular Section of the Embassy.

7. Envelope (when applying by post).

Pre-paid envelope at least 26 cm x 15.9 cm / 10.2" x 6.2" (USPS, FedEx, UPS) with the filled return address.


Upon the request of the consular officer, additional documents may be required for visa issuance.

The regular visa processing time is 5 business days (expedite processing time – within 2 business days) after all necessary documents are submitted.

The consular officer has the right to reduce the number of entries and the validity period of visa, increase the term of visa procedure.

Any applicant may be interviewed by a consular officer if necessary.

In case of visa denial, the visa processing fee does not reimbursed.

The consular officer is not obliged to indicate the reasons for visa denial.

Once issued visa can not be extended. If your travel plans change after the visa was issued, you have to apply for a new visa.

To extend the term of stay being in 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 or a residence permit.

The Consular Section of the Embassy strongly recommends to apply for visa NOT EARLIER than six months before your visit to Belarus and not to make any irrevocable travel plans prior to obtaining visa.

Belarusian entry visas upon arrival at Minsk National Airport

Rules of border crossing and stay in Belarus for foreign citizens

Customs formalities while entering or leaving Belarus

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