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The Procedure for Obtaining Visas to Enter the Republic of Belarus

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!ATTENTION TO THE VISITORS THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS:

 

In accordance with the national legislation of Belarus at the ports of entry to the Republic of Belarus the officers of the border control service may require the proof of availability and sufficiency of the means of payment. You are to proof the availability of your monetary funds in the volume equivalent to at least USD $ 590 for each month of stay per person. For the period of stay in Belarus less than one month - at least USD $24 for each day of stay per person.The availability of monetary funds could be confirmed by presenting following documents:

  • Cash money in US dollars, Euro, Belarusian rubles and etc. (!Not recommended to bring uncommon types of currencies in order to avoid embarrassing situations during exchange calculations!);
  • Travel checks, securities and other document which provide the obtaining cash money;
  • Hotel booking confirmation and other relevant documents;
  • Guarantee letter from the inviting side which provides its guest the payments of all expenses related to the stay and departure;
  • Return tickets or tickets to the third country/ vehicle;
  • Debit or Credit card which is suitable for international payments may be considered as a proof of the availability of your monetary fund only together  with the bank account statement issued not later than 10 days before arrival to Belarus.

According to the legislation of the Republic of Belarus a foreign citizen may enter the Republic of Belarus, leave the Republic of Belarus and transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus with a foreign travel document if there is a visa of the Republic of Belarus, unless otherwise stipulated by international treaties of the Republic of Belarus or by the decisions of the President of the Republic of Belarus.

!PLEASE NOTE: visa-free regime is provided for the citizens of Argentina (up to 90 days), Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil (up to 90 days), Cuba (fup to 30 days), Ecuador (up to 30 days), Georgia, Israel (up to 90 days in each period of 180 days), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia (provided that there is a private invitation or tourist voucher), Moldova, Mongolia (up to 30 days), Montenegro (up to 30 days ), People's Republic of China (30 days but no longer than 90 days within one calendar year), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (up to 30 days in each period of stay), Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (up to 30 days but no longer than 90 days within one calendar year), Qatar (up to 30 days), Russia, Serbia (fup to 30 days), Tajikistan, Turkey (up to 30 days), the United Arab Emirates (up to 30 days), Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (up to 90 days).

IN THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF VISAS ARE PROVIDED:

  • B – transit visa (48 hours);
  • C — short-term visa, valid for up to 90 days;
  • D — long-term visa, valid for up to 1 year with the right to stay up to 90 days, unless otherwise stipulated by the international treaties of the Republic of Belarus.

Entry visas may be single-entry, double-entry and multiple-entry. A multiple entry visa entitles to the numerous (more than 2 times) entries, stays and departures from the Republic of Belarus for the period specified in the visa and within a specified number of days of stay, but not more than 90 days per year, unless otherwise stipulated by the international treaties of the Republic of Belarus.

A consular officer makes a decision about granting an entry visa within 5 working days from the date of application (as a matter of urgency — within 2 working days). In the event of visa denial the consular fee is not reimbursed.

Particulars of issuance of entry visas at the National Airport Minsk

 

TO OBTAIN A VISA AT THE THE EMBASSY OF BELARUS IN SOUTH AFRICA THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE CONSULAR SECTION:

1. Valid passport

Passport or a foreign travel document, submitted by the applicant, must:

  • contain a photograph of the owner (In case minors accompany the applicant and are needed to be included into his/her entry visa, respective passport or a foreign travel document should contain photographs of those persons);
  • have at least two blank visa pages;
  • be valid for at least 90 days after the expected dates of the applicant’s departure from Belarus.

Passport or a foreign travel document, submitted by the applicant, must not:

  • be dubious in terms of authenticity or ownership;
  • contain marks, stamps, erasures and corrections that are not certified by the competent authorities of a respective foreign nation;
  • contain torn pages.

2. Visa support documents, depending on the type of visa and the purpose of the visit

TYPE B (transit)

For a transit visa:

  • A visa for the country you are traveling from/to via Belarus (issued for transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus for the stated period, but not more than for 1 year, and is valid for 2 days from the date of entry of a foreign citizen into the Republic of Belarus).
  • If a visa to enter the third country is not required, other grounds for obtaining a transit visa are taken into account, including tickets for travelling by rail, road and air transport or reservation confirmation.

Transit visa is issued for single, double and multiple transit through the territory of Belarus within 2 days only.

TYPE C (short term - valid up to 90 days with the right of single, double or multiple entry and stay in Belarus for up to 90 days)

For business purpose, participation in sport or cultural event – an original letter of visa support (invitation) of a legal entity, issued on the letter-head with the full name of the entity, its location and telephone number and the obligation to assure that a foreign citizen will observe the rules of stay in Belarus. Please find the sample here [Doc-file, 52Kb] (Should be fulifilled in Russian or Belarusian).

For private purposes – one of the following documents:

  • an original invitation, issued by the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus;
  • an original official confirmation of serious illness or death of a close relative or spouse, a death certificate – for processing an entry visa to a foreign citizen, whose close relative or spouse became seriously ill or died in Belarus, as well as to close relatives and spouse of this foreign citizen;
  • a subpoena;
  • an original document, proving the ownership of the real estate property in Belarus – for processing an entry visa to the owner of property and to his/her family members;
  • an original letter of visa support of a Belarusian healthcare institution or contract for medical services with a Belarusian healthcare institution, prepared in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus – for processing a visa to a foreigner, who is in need of medical care, provided in Belarus, as well as to an accompanying person, if required.
  • by the prior consent of the consular officer — an application, prepared by a citizen of the Republic of Belarus in accordance with a specified form, whose signature is certified by a Belarusian Embassy or Consulate officer, authorized to perform notarial acts or a notary public of the Republic of Belarus.

For tourism purpose – one of the following original documents for the period, specified in the document, but no more than 30 days:

  • an original letter of visa support (invitation) of a Belarusian tourist company, issued on a letter-head with the full name of the tourist company, its location and telephone number and the obligation of the tourist company to assure a foreign citizen observance of the rules of stay in the Republic of Belarus, sealed by the tourist company;
  • an original letter of visa support (invitation) of a sanatorium-and-spa resort or recreation center, issued on a letter-head with its full name, location and telephone number, purpose, period of stay of a foreign citizen, services rendered, confirmation of the voucher reservation and full or partial prepayment for the services, as well as the obligation of the sanatorium-and-spa resort or recreation center to assure that a foreign citizen will observe the rules of stay in Belarus, sealed by the organization;
  • an original letter of visa support (invitation) of a Belarusian representative of farm tourism business with its name and address, purpose, period of stay of a foreign citizen, services rendered and the obligation of the representative to assure that a foreign citizen will observe the rules of stay in the Republic of Belarus and certified by the Belarusian public notary copies of documents, confirming the right to provide its services in the sphere of farm tourism.

Please find the sample here [Doc-file, 54Kb] (Should be fulifilled in Russian or Belarusian). The information about tourist activities in Belarus can be obtained at the website of "Centrekurort".

For visit to the burial places – an original certificate of the local executive committee, confirming the fact of the burial in the Republic of Belarus and the maintenance of the graves of the close relatives of the applicant.

For education purpose – an original invitation of the Belarusian educational institution, approved by the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, for the period, specified in the invitation, or appropriate confirmation from the Citizenship and Migration Department, sent directly to the Embassy. On arrival in Belarus with a short-term student visa in accordance with thelegislation fo Belarus a foreign citizen shall seek to receive a sojourn permit and, if necessary, — a multiple exit-entry visa from the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairsof the Republic of Belarus.

For religious reasons – an original letter of visa support of a religious association, issued on a letter-head with the full name of the religious association, its location and telephone number, and the obligation of the religious association to assure that a foreign citizen will observe the rules of stay in Belarus, sealed by the religious association and approved by the Commissioner for Religious and Ethnic Affairs of Belarus.

Please find the sample here [Doc-file, 52Kb] (Should be fulifilled in Russian or Belarusian).

Implementation of humanitarian programmes, including foreign donations, rest and recreation of children and volunteer work – a letter of visa support by the Humanitarian Activities Department of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus or another authorized governmental institution of the Republic of Belarus, regional executive committees and the Minsk City Executive Committee.

For journalistic activity – confirmation of temporary accreditation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

For employment – one of the following documents:

  • a copy of a special employment permit, issued by the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, certified by the Belarusian public notary;
  • relevant confirmation from the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, delivered directly to the Embassy.

Visa is issued for up to 90 days and may be single-entry, double-entry or multiple-entry. On arrival in Belarus with a short-term employment visa in accordance with the legislation of Belarus a foreign citizen shall seek to receive a sojourn permit and, if necessary – a multiple exit-entry visa from the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
Please find the sample here [
Doc-file, 52Kb] (Should be fulifilled in Russian or Belarusian).

For permanent residenceconfirmation of the decision of the Regional branch of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

TYPE D (long term — valid up to 1 year with the right of single, double or multiple entry and stay in Belarus for up to 90 days)

For business purpose – combination of the following documents:

  • an original letter of visa support of a Belarusian legal entity;
  • a document, that proves the necessity of multiple visits to Belarus during the requested period of visa validity, i.e. a certified copy of a contract (cooperation agreement) between a Belarusian legal entity and the applicant or his/her foreign organization where he/she works, that confirms the existence of stable business connection, or original document (certified copy) of a Belarusian legal entity (including the founding documents), confirming that the foreigner is a founder of a Belarusian commercial organization or an employee of a foreign company, that has established the commercial organization in Belarus;
  • by the decision of the consular officer – other documents, confirming the information, contained in the letter of visa support, and the existence of business contacts.

A long-term visa for a purpose of business can be issued only on the basis of an original letter of visa support of a representative office of a foreign company in the Republic of Belarus to founders, managers and employees of the foreign company, which has established this office, in order to supervise the work of the representative office or to carry out activities, directly related to the work of the representative office. 

Please find the sample here [Doc-file, 51Kb] (Should be fulifilled in Russian or Belarusian).

For participation in sport or cultural events – combination of the following documents:

  • an original letter of visa support of a Belarusian legal entity;
  • a document, that proves the necessity of multiple visits to Belarus during the requested period of visa validity, i.e. a certified copy of a contract (cooperation agreement) between a Belarusian legal entity and foreign citizen or foreign organization where he/she works, that confirms the existence of stable business connection, or the schedule of sport events;
  • by the decision of the consular officer – other documents, confirming the information, contained in the letter of visa support, and the existence of long-term contacts.

For private purposes – one of the following original documents:

  • an original invitation, issued by the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus;
  • an original document (with a certified copy), that proves the existence of the property right to the house/apartment in Belarus – for the property owner and his/her family members;
  • an original contract (with a certified copy) for medical services with a Belarusian healthcare institution, prepared in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus – for processing a visa to a foreigner who is in need of medical care, provided in Belarus, as well as to an accompanying person, if required;
  • by the prior consent of the consular officer — an application, prepared by a citizen of the Republic of Belarus in accordance with a specified form, whose signature is certified by a Belarusian Embassy or Consulate officer, authorized to perform notarial acts or a notary public of the Republic of Belarus.

For visiting the burial places – an original certificate, issued by the local executive committee, confirming the fact of burial on the territory of the Republic of Belarus and the maintenance of the grave of a close relative or spouse of the applicant.

For religious reasons – an original letter of visa support of a religious association, approved by the Commissioner for Religious and Ethnic Affairs. Please find the sample here [Doc-file, 51Kb] (Should be fulifilled in Russian or Belarusian).

Implementation of humanitarian programs, including foreign donations, rest and recreation of children and volunteer work – an original letter of visa support of the Humanitarian Activities Department of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus or another authorized governmental institution of the Republic of Belarus.

For journalistic activity – confirmation of permanent accreditation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

3.Application form

The visa application form can be filled in on computer and printed or completed by hand but it shall meet the following requirements:

  • it shall be filled in completely, no blank spaces shall be left (If a question does not apply write “N/A”, if the answer is negative, write “no/none”);
  • answers to the questions in the form shall be complete and logically consistent, they shall indicate the real purpose of the applicant’s visit to Belarus;
  • it shall be signed by the applicant personally (The visa application form of an applicant minor of age is signed by his/her legal adult representative);
  • it shall be filled in block letters; no corrections or overwriting on the form are allowed.

Important Note: incomplete forms will be returned to the applicants unprocessed.

You can download Visa Application Form here [download].

4. Photo

The photo shall meet certain requirements specified in the international standard ISO / IEC 19794-5:

  • size — 35 mm wide x 45 mm high;
  • full face, against an even white background (no photos with blue background will be accepted);
  • high resolution, no corrugation or ink allowed;
  • face fills 70 – 80 percent of the picture; photo depicts person without headgear, looking straight ahead with closed mouth;
  • in case the applicant wears glasses they shall not be of dark colour on the photo;
  • in case the applicant wears religious headgear, chin, forehead and both cheeks shall be sharply visible on the photo;
  • photos of the applicant older than 6 months are not accepted.

The photo shall be attached (either glued or stapled) to the marked place in the visa application form. Do not staple the photo on the image of the applicant's face or hair.

5. Medical insurance

The applicant’s medical insurance shall meet the following requirements:

  • contain the name of an insurance company and its location, phone numbers or international assistance services, as well as the surname, first name, patronym (if any) of the applicant;
  • has effect on the territory of Belarus;
  • be valid for the entire period of applicant’s temporary stay or temporary residence in Belarus;
  • has the insured sum amounted to no less than 10,000 euros (please, bear in mind, that due to the currency rate medical insurances with the sum amounted to 10,000 US dollars are not accepted).

A medical insurance contract with foreign insurance organization can be confirmed by an insurance policy, an insurance card or other document containing the abovementionedinformation about the medical insurance contract.

!Please Note: the applicant’s medical insurance document shall be submitted in original with one copy attached. Upon completion of visa request processing the original medical insurance is returned to the applicant.

Besides, you may use the Belarusian insurance company, that provide full-range of insurance services to the foreign citizens. Please find more here.

6. Airline tickets

The applicant is requested to submit ordered airline tickets to and back from Belarus or flight booking confirmation for the required period of visa validity or (in case of multiple entry visa) for the first visit to Belarus within the requested period of visa validity.

7. Proof of accomodation

The applicant is requested to submit accommodation proof) covering the entire period of his/her travel to Belarus, such as:

  • original (or colourful copy) of confirmed hotel reservation on the hotel’s letter-head, stamped and signed; or
  • verified copy of the rent agreement clearly stating the applicant's name, rental period dates and accommodation address as well as a verified copy of the registration of the lessor and a verified copy of the payment for the agreed rent.

8. Proof of financial sustainability (3 months bank statement or Bank Visa letter)

A foreign visitor shall has at least USD $ 24 per day of stay in Belarus.

9. Other documents at consular officer's request

At the request of the consular officer additional documents (such as police clearance, taxpayer statement, salary statement, medical certificate, etc.) may be required for issuance of a Belarusian entry visa.

10. Proof of consular fee payment

Please find more about consular fee here.