On January, 9 2017 the president of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko adopted a decree № 8 “On establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals”. This decree allows foreign citizens of 80 countries enter Belarus for up to 5 days without visa. During the validity of this decree, many questions arose among foreign tourists about the rules, conditions and requirements that must be fulfilled in order to use the visa-free entry. We decided to collect in one easy to understand article.

Who Can Use Visa-Free Entry?

Foreign citizens of 80 countries can enter Belarus for up to 5 days. Full list of 80 countries. To enter the Republic of Belarus in the visa-free regime, foreign nationals must have the following documents:

  • a valid ordinary passport or another substituting document for traveling abroad. A passport should be valid for 90 days after the departure;
  • medical insurance with coverage for at least 10,000 Euros that covers the territory of Belarus (can be purshased online, in the departed country or in Minsk airport arrival area before passport control)
  • at least 2 base amounts for each day of stay. Base amount on August 04 2017 is 23 Belorussian rubles it is about 20 EUR (or equal amount in USD).

The visa-free entry to Belarus does not apply to foreigners paying official visits. Diplomatic, official, special and other passports equal to them are not covered by the above Decree.

The additional requirement for citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa is 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.

How to Use Visa-Free Entry?

To use visa-free entry to Belarus for up to 5 days every foregner must enter and exit from the territory of Belarus only through the State border checkpoint of the Republic of Belarus “Minsk National Airport”.

Visa-free movement through the airport does not extend to persons coming to Belarus by plane from the Russian Federation or departing to Russian Federation. Such flights are considered as National and do not have border control.

5 Days Visa-Free Entry

There are no restrictions on the number of trips. Only one restriction: the total number of days spent in Belarus should not exceed 90. The days of visa-free entry starts in the day of arriving and ends in the departure day. So, if you arrive at 23.30 you can wait for 30 minutes before passport control zone and pass it when the next day begins.

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