Foreign citizens of 80 countries can enter Belarus without any visa for up to 5 days (including dates of arrival and departure) and exit from the territory of Belarus only through the State border checkpoint of the Republic of Belarus “Minsk National Airport”.
The given order of visa-free movement through the airport does not extend to persons coming to Belarus by plane from the Russian Federation, as well as to those who intend to fly to the airports of the Russian Federation (such flights are considered as internal ones and do not have border control).
The Decree also does not apply to foreigners paying official visits. Diplomatic, official, special and other passports equal to them are not covered by the above Decree.
For citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa a valid multiple visa of the EU member states or Schengen zone with a mark in passport on crossing the border of these states and tickets with confirmation of departure from “Minsk National Airport” within 5 days from the date of entry is a compulsory additional requirement.
To enter the Republic of Belarus in the visa-free regime via the checkpoint “Minsk National Airport”, foreign nationals must have the following documents:
- a valid ordinary passport or another substituting document for traveling abroad;
- financial means: at least 25 Euro (or equal amount in dollars or Belarusian rubles) for each day of stay;
- medical insurance with coverage for at least 10,000 Euros that covers the territory of Belarus.
*** In the Republic of Belarus, the following types of entry visas are provided:
- B – transit visa, valid for up to 2 days;
- 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.
To obtain an entry visa, the following documents should be submitted to an entry visa issuing authority:
- one copy of a duly completed visa application form;
- one photograph;
- a foreign travel document;
- visa support documents.
Entry visa applications for a purpose of business, private or for participation in sport or cultural activities for the period of up to 30 days of the citizens of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland , France, Germany, Greece, SAR PRC Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Latvia , Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, SAR PRC Macau, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay could be considered by the consular officer without visa support documents, that confirm the purpose and conditions of the visit.
- additional documents required (by request of the consular officer);
- medical insurance contract concluded with “Belgosstrakh“ or “Beleximgarant“ or medical insurance contract concluded with any foreign insurance organization;
- a confirmation of the consular fee paid.
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.
Upon receipt of copies of passports and completed visa information form for competitors, coaches and team officials, the Skating Union of Belarus will issue letters of invitation. This letter needs to be presented at the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the respective country in order to issue the visas. Only those ISU Members, who do not have Belarus Embassies in their countries will receive visas at Minsk International Airport by arrival.
To facilitate the issuing of visa at the airport, please complete the Visa Application form, http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/info/visa-applications.html in advance and provide a passport photograph.
In the Republic of Belarus the medical insurance policy is obligatory. It is different from European medical insurance. It is obligatory and is available to be purchased at the airport on arrival. The cost is up to 10 Euro.
For questions on visa application procedures, please contact Mikita Babitski, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those participants, who will have their visas issued at the airport, please inform the OC in advance.
More information is available here: http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/. Information above has been taken from the official website page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus: http://mfa.gov.by/en/.