Residents of all CIS countries (Commonwealth of Independent States), as well as citizens of Ukraine have the right to visit Belarus for up to 90 days. They do not need a visa for this. Also, since July 24, 2018, citizens of 80 countries (including all countries of the European Union) have the opportunity to visit Belarus without a visa for up to 30 days, but only in the case of arrival and departure via the “National airport Minsk”. In fact, a number of countries whose citizens have the right to visa-free visit to Belarus is increasing every year.
It may happen that 30 days are not enough, especially for a country like Belarus.
What if you still need to get a visa?
It’s simple. There are only three types of Belarusian visas:
Each of these 3 visas may be single or multiple.
Tourists most commonly choose a single short-term visa.
In most cases, your steps should be:
Find the website of the Belarusian Embassy or Consulate in your country.
This is the most competent source of information.
You will definitely need the following documents:
For most countries the visa fee is 50-60 euros, for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland citizens it is 25 euros. The citizens of Serbia and Japan are even more lucky. For them the visa of any type and multiplicity is free of charge.
It can be a guest invitation, a contract with a travel agency or confirmation of the business purpose of the visit.
This is an optional requirement.
Citizens of Australia, Austria, Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Hong Kong, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Canada, Qatar, Cyprus, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA, Uruguay, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Chile, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia and Japan don’t need visa support documents in the case of a visa for up to 30 days.
You will need to send the documents to the Embassy by mail or be there personally. In any case, focus on the requirements of the Embassy.
The standard term for the procedure is 5 working days, accelerated-2 days.
This is a paid option.
Very soon you will get your passport back with a pretty and very rare visa!
There is another option — to get a visa directly at the Minsk airport , but only Guru can tell you more.
Citizens of Armenia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have no need for health insurance, as Belarus has signed a special agreement with these countries.
All the others need a health insurance, regardless of whether they need a visa to visit Belarus.
At the same time, you will need a copy of the insurance certificate for submitting your documents to get a visa and the original insurance when crossing the state border of Belarus.
If you are not going to get visa in the Embassy or Consulate, the easiest way is to get an insurance certificate at the airport or at the border on arrival. You should visit one of the offices of “Belgosstrakh” or «Beleximgarant» to get it.
If you’re getting visa in advance, you will need insurance already in the Embassy, so you can buy it online or ask a friend or inviting party to get it for you and send the original document by mail. This opportunity is provided by “Belgosstrakh».
You can get one from any other insurance agent or travel agency (e.g. in your own country).
Important requirements for health insurance are:
Remember! Exceeding the limits and / or restrictions obliges you to fill in the passenger customs Declaration (Form and instructions). In this case, you need to go through the red corridor.
To import to Belarus:
The total cost of personal items and purchases should not exceed 1500 Euro if you cross the border by land and 10 000 Euro in case of flight.
The total weight of your luggage should not exceed 50 kg per person.
* If you cross the border by car with interval less than 3 months, limits become stricter. The maximum total cost of things in this case is 300 Euro , and the maximum weight — 20 kg.
In case of exceeding the norms, you will be obliged to pay customs duties that is 30% of the excess value and not less than 4 euros per 1 kg. The duties can only be paid in Belarusian rubles and directly at the border.
Items weighing more than 35 kg are considered indivisible, even if they are disassembled into component parts. The fee for such items must be paid and does not depend on the total cost and weight of baggage.
The amount up to $ 10,000 in cash or the equivalent in another currency isn’t necessary to declare. Any bigger amount must be declared.
It is allowed to import up to 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco to Belarus. If you carry both cigarettes and tobacco, focus on the weight limit (250 grams).
It is allowed to import up to 3 liters of alcoholic beverages of any strength per person.
Up to 5 kg of fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries or mushrooms can be imported to Belarus.
For transportation of natural flowers, plants or seeds through the border it is required to have phytosanitary certificates.
If you need to take your meds, remember that for strong or psychotropic drugs you will need to provide a prescription with the name and dosage of the drug issued by doctor.
You can’t take with you more than 90 daily doses for psychotropic drugs, and more than three day dose for narcotic.
Forbidden to import to Belarus:
To export from Belarus:
Export rates mostly depend on the country of destination. If you have doubts, you can always find detailed information on a particular case on the official website of the customs Committee of the country of destination.
Below we present only requirements of the Belarusian side, and some requirements of the European Union.
The total value of exported gold, other precious metals and precious stones must be less then 25,000 dollars. Export for the purpose of sale is prohibited.
One person is allowed to export one item of each type of household appliances or electronic devices (e.g. one laptop, one washing machine…)
Export for the purpose of sale is prohibited.
In addition to the filled tank, it is allowed to export a maximum of 10 liters of fuel in a separate tank.
Export of no more than 5 kg fish and seafood, and also no more than 250 grams caviar of sturgeon is allowed.
Restrictions on the import of goods by the European Union:
It is forbidden to import meat and dairy products, as well as more than 2 kg of vegetables and fruits of one kind.
In case of flight, it is allowed to carry 200 cigarettes; or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco.
In case of crossing the border by land it is allowed to import 2 packs of cigarettes or 10 cigars or 50 grams of tobacco.
In the European Union it is allowed to import 1 liter of strong spirits (more than 22%), or 2 liters of alcohol (less than 22%) or 4 liters of wine or 16 liters of beer.
Import of no more than 5 packages of seeds and 5 plants is allowed without a phytosanitary certificate.
For strong or psychotropic meds you will need to provide prescription with the name and dosage of the drug issued by doctor.
The import of other meds is limited to 5 packages of each type.
A few non-obvious but very useful facts about border crossing rules, temporary registration, mobile communication and the Internet — everything for your comfortable stay in Belarus.
To cross the border successfully you will need the following documents:
If, after visiting Belarus, you are planning a trip to Russia, or you are going from Russia to any other country through Belarus , you will also need 2 identical parts of the completed migration card.
The card can be printed out and filled up in advance, but in any case, you will be given a form approaching the border by plane, train or bus. On the reverse side of part “A” You’ll find instructions on how to fill it. The completed card is presented together with the passport at the border control. The frontier guard will put an entry stamp on your card and then return it to you.
You a part “B”. Part «B» will need to be presented at the border control, when leaving the country.
The loss of a migration card is an administrative violation. The fine for the loss of the card, or the lack of registration is up to 500 euros equivalent. This little document is very important.
Remember that at the border it is prohibited to make photo and video, including on a mobile phone.
Before presenting the documents, make sure there is no cash inside. This could be considered a bribe.
If you are staying at a hotel or hostel, the staff will do the registration for you. You don’t have to worry about it. Also, everything is much easier for passport holders of Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the UAE. Temporary registration is not required if you stay in the country for up to 30 days. Russian citizens can stay in Belarus without registration for up to 90 days.
For everybody else who is planning to stay in the country for more than 5 days, obtaining temporary registration is a mandatory procedure .
Within 5 working days from the date of arrival (Sundays and public holidays do not count), you need to get a temporary registration stamp in the Department of citizenship and migration at the place of your actual stay. List of district offices with addresses and working hours.
To do this, you will need:
Details for payment are available through the link. The easiest way to pay the fee is in the branch of any bank.
Starting from 2019 this procedure become easy — now You can do it online.
Let’s go on portal.gov.by and see how it works:
It costs nothing. You can do it yourself or ask your host to help you. If you are staying in a hotel or a hostel, they will register you themselves.
Remember to do in maximum 5 days after your arrival.
If you are not satisfied with the roaming conditions of Your operator, a good solution may be to buy a Belarusian SIM card. There is a big choice of tariffs focused on the Internet or calls. (Guru will help to make the right choice). To register a SIM card, you will need to present your passport.
Another option is the Beltelecom access point. If you are in the coverage area, just connect to the network and pay a convenient tariff for access.
In most bars and cafes there is free Wi-Fi (ask the waiter or bartender for the password).
The Tax Free system in Belarus involves more than 360 stores. You will get a refund of 12.5% of the purchase cost in case of exporting goods outside the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Answer the questions How? Where? And on What? Well thought-out logistics — as well-made plan — will help to move conveniently and effectively.
If at the airport you are not met by friends or acquaintances, there are only a few options.
Why not rent a car on the days of arrival?
If this is Your case, head to the first floor of the airport, when arrived, and look for sector 3-4.
Looking for other options? Then we move on.
The best price-quality ratio is Uber. A trip to the city centre will cost 16-18 euros. If you choose a city taxi, reckon upon the cost of the trip up to 30 euros (42 km to the center of Minsk). You need to get to sector 5-6 in the arrivals area.
Ask the Guru to tell you how to use a taxi in Belarus easier and more bounce to the ounce
The third option is the bus. There are several significant advantages. The cost of the ticket is about 2 euros. You will drive part of the way along the main Avenue of the city, so we recommend to take a window seat.
By this time you will definitely need Belarusian money, don’t forget about it. Public transport tickets can always be bought from the driver.
On the ground floor, right at the exit of sectors 5-6 you will find a bus stop. You may use bus 300E and minibuses 1400TC / 1430TC.
We hope that you will be pleased with the road quality in Belarus and the number of free parking lots in the cities of the country.
If you plan to come to Belarus by car, you will definitely need the following documents:
Attention! Only drivers from Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan can use The beltoll (toll road system) for free given that their cars’s total weight is up no more than 3.5 tons
All others should be prepared to avoid the usage of toll roads, or buy and install specialized equipment for to use BelToll system.
When planning a route, use the toll road map.
Read more about the procedure of equipment purchasing through the link.
Minsk has a wide network of public transport.
The cost of one trip is 0.6 BYN (about 0,2 Euro) for one trip in buses, trolley buses and trams and 0.65 BYN for a trip in the subway.
There is also a flexible system of travel tickets (smart cards).
Tickets can be purchased at newsstands «Belsayuzdruk», at the bus stops at «Minsktrans» points, from the driver or at subway stations.
It is useful to have a smart Navigator at hand — we recommend Yandex Maps.
To travel by public transport, use the mobile application — it is more functional than the web version.
Download the app for your OS:
In the city at Your disposal there are:
2 metro lines open from 5:30am to 00:40 at night. The metro line diagram is available here. There are also buses, trams and trolleybuses. At night, public transport does not work, so the only option for travelling around the city is taxi. Guru will help you choose a convenient and advantageous option.
For those who are sure that a visit to Minsk will not be enough, more opportunities are available: unique nature, castles, interesting cities, local cuisine and much more is waiting for you, just hit the road.
Those who came to the country not by car are strongly advised to travel by train – this comfortable, and most importantly cheap travel option will take you to almost any of Belarusian cities. It is convenient to make a route and buy tickets directly on the website of Belarusian railways, tickets for most destinations can be bought online by using a card. It will be enough to show your passport when boarding, printed ticket is not required.
Tickets can also be purchased at any sales points.
A bus can be an alternative to the train. On the website of the carrier you can find the schedule and buy tickets for the direction you are interested in.
Something you are too shy to ask passers-by on the street.
The Belarusian ruble is not a freely convertible currency, so you have to be prepared for the fact that you will have to change money upon arrival to Belarus. To do this simply: you can exchange money in banks and exchange offices. You can definitely find one of them in your hotel, at any of the stations, at the airport or just on the streets. We hasten to assure you that the exchange rate is almost the same in all offices.
The most common international payment systems in Belarus are Visa and MasterCard.
In Belarus you will find a lot of ATMs for cash withdrawal. Remember that Belarusian banks do not take Commission when cashing money through ATMs, but it can do the Bank that issued the card, so you should ask about the amount of Commission in Your Bank.
112 — Single number of rescue service
101 — Fire Service
102 — Police
103 — Emergency medical services
In case of unforeseen health-related situations, you will only need to present your health insurance and passport.
The doctors or you should contact the insurance company and provide the details of the insurance policy and the injured.
No additional vaccination is required to visit Belarus.
In all cities of the country, without exception, tap water is suitable for drinking without additional treatment.
The weather is always good in Belarus. Winter will please you with frosty sunny days, in spring apple trees bloom in Belarus (they say that it is more beautiful than cherry blossoms in Japan), in summer it is pleasant to drown in the greenery of cities and villages, and autumn will surprise you with a variety of warm colors and the sound of falling leaves.
To not have your mood spoilt by he weather, the Guru advises you just to dress properly for the weather.
Public holidays are declared days off, but some shops and supermarkets remain open:
Guru is ready for any situation, which means That you are also ready!
If you are preparing to travel with children, then the following information will be useful to you:
In order to come to Belarus, children, as well as adults, need a valid passport and, if necessary, a visa (see “do I need a visa?”)
If your children are under 16 years old, in most cases, you will not have to pay for their visa.
Your children are considered minor in Belarus until they are 18 years old.
This means that they will not be able to buy alcohol and cigarettes, as well as to get into a nightclub or casino.
If your children are under 16 years old, in most cases, you will not have to pay for their visa.If your children are under 16, they are not allowed to be on the streets unaccompanied from 23: 00 to 6: 00.
If You move around the city by public transport, You will not have to pay for children if they are under 6 years old.
You can travel in Belarus by bus, without buying a place for a child, if he/se is under 5 years.
If yor child is from 5 to 10 — you can expect a 50% discount.
If you decide to use the services of “Belavia » — the national airline, for children under 2 years they have a discount of 90% — without the need to buy a separate seat, and for children from 2 to 12 years — 25% discount, but with the obligatory condition of the purchase of a seat.
If Your child is under 5 years old, then a train ticket within the country for him will be free — you only need to issue it.
This only works for one child per adult.
If Your child is 5 to 10 years, his ticket will have about 35% discount
If you travel by car, you should arrange for a child safety seat installed in the back seat for Your child under the age of 12.
Either one of the adults, being fastened, can keep the child on his knees-also in the back seat.
Many children’s entertainment venues in the city offer discounts of up to 100% on tickets for children. Most often, the younger the child, the greater the discount.
So, children under 3 years can see the performance of the Belarusian state circus for free, and children under 5 years-visit the Minsk zoo.
Medical care of any kind in Belarus for foreign citizens is paid, except for citizens of the CIS countries.
This includes emergency medical care as well.
If you have a baby, you can use “Mother and child” room, which all major shopping centers, airports and railway stations have. There you can safely swaddle or feed the child.
If You suddenly lost one of your children — call 102
You can also report the loss of a loved one by calling the hotline of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Belarus: +375 17 218 72 22
At least the main tourist part of the city is relatively well suited for the movement of people with special needs.
Pedestrian paths, especially in Minsk, are quite spacious and safe.
Most hotels have a lift, but some buildings, including museums, are not always adapted for such tasks.
The new metro stations are equipped with lifts or have a call button for subway personnel, however, underground transportation is still quite problematic.
In Belarus, people are quite tolerant to representatives of non-traditional sexual orientation and LGBT+ community .
Basically, the liberality of views is inherent in the younger generation, who had time to visit Europe, the older generation, traditionally, is more conservative.
Yet the expression of feelings in public will be perceived somewhat coldly.
There should be no problems with booking a room for two in the hotel.
If you are traveling with your pet, it is better to choose a plane or train — buses of international destination (including routes to the CIS countries) prohibit the transport of animals.
Some airlines may also refuse you even in the carriage of small animals in the cabin.
Do not forget that the journey in the Luggage compartment of the aircraft is not the most enjoyable experience for Your pet.
Perhaps the most comfortable means of transportation with animals is the train.
However, it is assumed that you need to rent all 4 seats in the compartment.
Also, do not forget to prepare the necessary documents:
There are no additional taxes and duties for foreign citizens.
Within a month you should register your pet in a local veterinary institution.