Countries with visa-free entry to Belarus:
Brazil (up to 90 days)
Cuba (up to 30 days)
Ecuador (up to 30 days)
Israel (up to 90 days in each period of 180 days)
Macau, Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (up to 30 days)
Macedonia (an invitation/telegram, referral/invitation of the healthcare institution or invitation letter of travel agency is required, as well as for visiting the burial places)
Mongolia (up to 90 days)
Montenegro (up to 30 days, an invitation or invitation letter of travel agency is required)
People's Republic of China (up to 3 days subject to direct flights to Belarus from the civilian airport and with a valid Schengen visa or for group tourist trips)
Qatar (up to 30 days)
Serbia (up to 30 days)
Turkey (up to 30 days)
the United Arab Emirates (up to 30 days)
Venezuela (up to 90 days)
74 countries with visa-free entry to Belarus up to 30 days:
Notes: 1. visa-free travel works if a tourist comes in the country and out of it through Minsk National Airport only (no cars, trains, bikes and walks).
2. visa-free travel does not work if a tourist comes to Belarus with flights from Russia or intends to fly to Russia.
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Commonwealth of Dominica
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sovereign Military Order of Malta**
The Federated States of Micronesia
The Republic of Korea
The Republic of Vanuatu
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The United Mexican States
The United States of America
* If there is a valid document for travel abroad with a valid multiple visa of the states-members of the European Union or the states-participants of the Schengen area with a note of entry to the territory of a state-member of the European Union or a state-member of the Schengen area, as well as tickets confirming the date of departure from the Minsk National Airport.
** It is not a state.
*** Including persons with non-citizen status of the Republic of Latvia.
**** Including persons without citizenship, permanently residing in Estonia.
Details are here: http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/visafreetravel/
Is there any other way to get to Belarus without a visa?
In addition to the five-day visa-free entry via the main airport of the country there are two more ways to get into Belarus without a visa:
- a visit to Belovezha Pushcha (visa-free entry up to 10 days, entry is possible through certain border crossings only, invitation from the administration of the National Park "Belovezha Pushcha" is required). Details are here: https://npbp.by/
- a visit to the Avgustov Canal and Grodno (visa-free entry for 5 days, entry is possible through certain border crossings only (excluding entry by train), the need to purchase a tour at a Belarusian tour company). Details are here: https://bezviz.by/en/grodno/
In all the other cases a foreigner has to get a visa.
Visa to Belarus
To enter Belarus a foreign visitor needs a visa and a valid
passport. There are some exceptions, but only for the citizens of the
CIS, Cuba, Korea, Mongolia, Serbia and Montenegro.
Belarusian visa can be obtained at a Belarusian embassy/consulate
within 5 business days. There is also a possibility to get a visa
urgently (in 48 hours) by paying a double fee. Visas for children
under 16 are usually issued free of charge.
In case of additional questions, please visit http://mfa.gov.by/en/, which is official Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
At the border with Belarus a foreign citizen is required to complete a migration card and submit it to the immigration officer.
According to Belarusian laws a foreign visitor is required to obtain a registration in Belarus within 5 business days upon his arrival. A stamp in the migration card confirms the fact of registration. If a visitor stays at a hotel, the procedure of registration will be arranged by the hotel reception, but only for the period of stay at the hotel. In this case the procedure is free of charge. So, if a visitor stays at a hotel, he has no headache with his registration.
A foreign visitor who stays at private apartments is required to register at the Department of Citizenship and Migration. The fee is about 6$ US/person.
Foreign citizens visiting and transiting Belarus also should be prepared to demonstrate sufficient financial means to support their stay. For individuals staying in Belarus for less than a month, this amount is equal to approximately $15/day/person. For those staying for longer than one month, the requirements call for $375/month/person. Belarusian officials may request this proof of funds at the time of visa application, at the border, or during registration.
Foreign citizens without a valid Belarusian visa, migration card, or expired registration with the Department of Citizenship and Migration as a temporary visitor can be subject to sanctions or even deported from the country.
Medical insuranse for Belarus
All foreign visitors (except for the British citizens) travelling to Belarus are required to purchase a Belarusian Medical Insurance Certificate. The minimum insurance limit of responsibility is 5,000 EUR. These Medical Belarusian Medical Certificates can be bought in Minsk-2 Airport just upon arrival. The price for this Medical Certificate is about 2 EUR/3 – 4 day stay; 3 EUR/5 – 6 day; 4 EUR/7 – 8 day; 5 EUR/9 – 10 day stay; etc. Cash only is accepted to buy it.
A latter of invitation (LOI)
A Belarusian travel company has the right to issue a letter of invitation in order to invite a visitor to Belarus. Such a letter can be required to get a visa to Belarus. The LOI must contain information about the inviting company (its name, registered address, and phone number), information about the tourist (full name, passport data, period of stay in Belarus), and list of services, ordered by the tourist. It should be issued on the letter-head and be signed and sealed.