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Belarus Visa Information

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Belarus visa is necessary for all U.S. citizens who plan to stay in the country for more than 30 days, enter directly from the Russian Federation, use a diplomatic or official passport, or enter through any point other than Minsk International Airport. Those who enter through Minsk International Airport may enter visa-free for business and tourism purposes for up to 30 days.

You can either apply for a visa to Belarus yourself or you can contract a private travel document expediter. If you prefer quick, guaranteed service, you can click on the link to In a hurry? Apply online for expedited visa service.

Special Notes:

Medical insurance is required for all foreign citizens traveling to the Republic of Belarus. 

After arriving to Belarus you need to report within 5 business days the information about the address and duration of your stay to the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior and have registration put in the holder's passport. If you will be staying in a hotel, this will be arranged by the hotel services (reception bureau). Registration is unecessary if you're staying in Belarus for only 7 calendar days or less.

Belarus Visa Requirements

Independent of the type of visa you request, the Belarus Embassy and Consulates require the following:

  • A passport with at least two blank visa pages and valid no less than 90 days after requested visa expiration date;
  • One color passport-size photo (45 mm high by 35 mm wide) no more than 6 months old;
  • Completed Belarus visa application form;
  • Visa fee (by mail use money order or a cashier's check; no personal checks);
  • Proof of permanent residence in U.S.;
  • Letter of invitation (see below);
  • Completely addressed and stamped return envelope showing yourself as both shipper and recipient;
  • All visa applicants have to present a medical insurance valid for Belarus or worldwide.

Belarus travel visas are affixed in your passport on the pages specifically marked for them. Some countries require that visa stamps be placed on those pages that do not contain any other stamps.

Belarus Visa Application Form

There is only one Belarus visa application form for every type of travel visa.

Belarus Visa Form

The Visa Application is in .pdf format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and print the document. You probably have it on your computer but if you don't, you can get it here.

The Belarus consulate requires you to fill in every blank on the application. If a question does not apply to you, write "N/A". If your answer is "none", write that down. Uncompleted application will not be processed.

Belarus Tourist Visa

A tourist visa is required to enter Belarus. Besides the general requirements, you will need a letter of invitation. If you plan to visit family or friends, they should acquire an invitation ("zaprashenne") for you at the local passport and visa office of the Ministry of Interior and send it to you. You need the original invitation and not a copy.

This can be a copy of the tourist voucher and a copy of the confirmation from a Belarusian travel agency. Hosting organization should be registered as a tourist company by the Belarusian authorities. This registration number should be indicated in the confirmation.

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Belarus Business Visa

Heading to Belarus for business? As listed in the requirements above, you will need a letter of invitation to do business in Belarus.

A letter of invitation from an agency, company or organization in the Republic of Belarus, which is registered as a legal entity by the Belarusian authorities. A letter of invitation that may be faxed to you should be made on an official letterhead and should have a signature of the head of a company as well as a corporate seal. It should also contain an indication about the period of your expected stay in Belarus. A company has to pledge to provide to the invited person full support during his stay in Belarus including all possible medical expenses. Multiple-entry business visa requires confirmation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.

Belarus Visa Service Online

If you don't live in or near one of the cities where the Belarus Consulate Generals are located, you might want to contract a travel visa expediting service. They will verify your visa application before it is ever sent, thereby avoiding unnecessary delays or rejections. They will also personally walk your application through each step guaranteeing timely and efficient processing of your Belarus visa.

About the Author: For over 20 years, the U.S. Passport Service Guide team has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers with their travel document questions and shared advice about how to make traveling abroad simpler, safer, and more enjoyable.

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