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The process of obtaining entry visas to the Republic of Belarus

Due to the upcoming holiday the Consular Section of the Embassy will be closed
on 3rd
of July, 2017

 

 

Tel.: +370 5 213-22-55

Fax: +370 5 233-06-26

E-mail: lithuania.cons@mfa.gov.by

Visa application has to be submitted to the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus and contains the following:

1. Passport in original (not a copy) with two blank pages for visas at least. Term of validity of the document has to exceed the term of the requested visa for at least 90 days. The passport is considered to be invalid if it has torn pages or is damaged in any other way;

2. Duly completed visa application form (specifying the name and the address of the inviting person/institution (organisation) in Belarus) with one recent passport sized photograph, fixed to the marked place at the upper right-hand corner of the application form. The form must be filled in completely, no blank spaces should be left. If a question does not apply, please type “N/A”. Incomplete forms will be returned to the applicants UNPROCESSED. The form should bear the original signature of applicant and must be well readable. Please, fill in the form in block letters. Application forms should be filled in completely even in those cases when no visa support documents are needed. Please follow the Instructions for completing a visa application form.

3. Visa Support Documents (details are given below).

4. Additional documents, necessary to consider visa application (upon request of the Consul).

In the following circumstances the documents in question should be submitted without any reminders:

  • If you formerly had USSR or Belarusian citizenship – documents, proving the loss of USSR/Belarusian citizenship;
  • If applicant is a child under 18 years of age, – a copy of child's birth certificate and copies of parents’ passport main information pages (with passport number, expiration date, photo etc.);

5. An interview (upon request of the Consul);

6. Payment: Visa fee depends on the type of visa requested, visa support documents (if required), term of visa procedure requested, period of visa validation requested and the nationality of applicant. Please note that starting from January 1, 2010, the rates of visa fees have changed.The rates of visa fees in force could be found here.

Please note that at the Embassy consular fee is paid in cash only (only in Euro).

7. MEDICAL INSURANCE: Foreign citizens temporarily staying or temporarily residing in the Republic of Belarus are required to have a compulsory health insurance policy (from Belarusian insurance companies Belgosstrakh and Beleximgarant) or medical insurance policy took out in a foreign insurance organization in case of their emergency medical treatment in medical institutions

Non-compliance with foreigner obligatory insurance regulations could result in refusal to enter the territory of the Republic of Belarus.

MIGRATION CARD: At the entrance to the territory of the Republic of Belarus a foreign citizen is to obtain a Migration Card, which should be filled in and submitted at the border crossing point of the Republic of Belarus. The migration card consists of two parts, part “A” is withdrawn at the border crossing point, and part “B” is to be kept by the foreign citizen for the whole period of stay in the territory of the Republic of Belarus, and must be handed over to an official of the border troops of the Republic of Belarus when leaving. The blank of the migration card can be acquired at the Embassy when receiving a visa. Sample of the filled-in migration card.

REGISTRATION: During 3 working days after arriving in Belarus a foreign citizen should report the information about the address and duration of his/her stay to the local police station so that a registration stamp be put in his/her passport. If staying in a hotel, this will be arranged by the hotel services (reception bureau).

Please note, that visas cannot be changed, extended or transferred. If your travel plans changed after the visa has been issued you have to reapply for a new visa. The visa decision can not be appealed.

Visa applications are considered within five working days (one week). Express visas (processed within 48 hours) cost special price. These terms do not apply to diplomatic and service visas (see below). If the application is ill prepared or not completed your visa application will not be processed. Visa processing starts only after the Embassy has received all the necessary documents.

According to the Belarusian visa regulation Consul of the Republic of Belarus may refuse the issue of Belarusian visa, shorten number of entries and the period of its validation. In that case no explanations are supposed to be given, the consular fee received does not return.

TRANSIT VISA (type B, period of validity 2 days) is in question upon presentation of valid visa of the country of destination or, if such visa isn't needed, other documents proved the necessity to cross the Belarusian borders on a way to the country of final destination (ticket, itinerary, etc.).

Visa support documents for SHORT TERM VISA (type C, period of visa validity 90 days maximum) with single, double or multiple entries:

* for business purposes (without work permit)/participation in sport/cultural events - formalized letter of support from the Belarusian institution/organization/firm (specimen in Russian).
In general the Consul of the Embassy accepts copy of supporting document from the Belarusian supporting (inviting) party, received by the applicants by fax.

* short-term visa for foreign journalists (the press) are issued only after their temporary accreditation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus for the period of accreditation.

* to get a short-term visa for business trip (without work permit) with the period of validation 30 days maximum for 1-, 2- or multiple entries for a citizen of EU as well as national of several other countries, such as Australia, Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Chili, Island, Israel, Norway, Swiss Confederation, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, USA, Uruguay, Republic of South Africa, Japan NO VISA SUPPORT DOCUMENTS SHALL BE REQUIRED. The name and the address of the inviting person/institution (organisation) in Belarus must be specified in the application.At the same time applicants could be inquired by any documents including Visa support documents presentation in case of any question or variances and inaccuracy found in their visa application.

* for private purposes — formalized letter of invitation, issued by local Citizenship and Migration Office of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Belarus, in original (specimen in Russian). In case of need the signature of the inviting party should be notarized at the Consular Office of the Embassy of Belarus or by notarius in the Republic of Belarus

In several circumstances the Consul of the Embassy could accept other kinds of documents, confirming the purpose of visit.

To get a short-term visa for private purposes (visiting Belarusian  relatives, friends, other private matters) with the period of validation 30 days maximum for 1-, 2- or multiple entries for a citizen of EU as well as national of several other countries, such as Australia, Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Chili, Island, Israel, Norway, Swiss Confederation, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, USA, Uruguay, Republic of South Africa, Japan NO VISA SUPPORT DOCUMENTS SHALL BE REQUIRED. The name and the address of the inviting person/institution (organisation) in Belarus must be specified in the application.

At the same time applicants could be inquired by any documents including Visa support documents presentation in case of any question or variances and inaccuracy found in their visa application.

* with work permit - the copy of work permit, issued by the division on citizenship and migration of the Department of Internal Affairs of Minsk City Council or regional councils(Brest, Gomel, Grodno, Minsk, Mogilev, Vitebsk), certified by the notary public in Belarus.

* tourism (for a term of 30 days maximum) — formalized letter of support (specimen in Russian), received from a Belarusian tourist company, confirming the booking of the tourist cervices in Belarus.

Short term visa for tourism could be issued also upon presentation of letter of support from the citizen of the Republic of Belarus and documents proved his/her right to render agro ecotourism cervices in Belarus.

In general the Consul of the Embassy accepts copy of the letter of support, issued by the Belarusian tourist agency, as well as the copy of the letter of support from Belarusian national together with the documents mentioned above received by the applicants by fax.

SHORT TERM VISA FOR TOURIST PURPOSES IS IN QUESTION UPON PRESENTATION OF FORMALAZED LETTER OF SUPPORT, RECEIVED FROM A BELARUSIAN TOURIST AGENCY ONLY.

The list of Belarusian tourist agencies.

The citizens of EU as well as nationals of several other countries, such as Australia, Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Chili, Island, Israel, Norway, Swiss Confederation, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, USA, Uruguay, Republic of South Africa, Japan may apply for a tourist visa on the basis of hotel reservation (confirmed by the letter from the hotel in Belarus with its seal and signature of responcible person), but not longer than for 10 days.

* to study (for a term of 90 days maximum) — formalized letter of invitation from the Belarusian educational institution/scientific organization in original (specimen in Russian).

Visa support documents for LONG TERM VISA (type D, period of visa validity one year for a term of 90 days) with multiple entries:

*for business purposes (without work permit):

1) formalized letter of support from the Belarusian institution/organization/firm in original (specimen in Russian);

2) extract from the Unified State Register of Legal Persons and Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Belarus on the institution/organization/firm concerned, issued not earlier than one year ago, in original, or a copy of the registration certificate certified by the notary in Belarus. The notarized copies are valid within 90 days from the date of notarization;

3) copy of the agreement (contract, the cooperation agreement) between the Belarusian  institution/organization/firm and the foreigner or the foreign organization in which one works, confirming business mutual relationship of the parties, sealed by the stamp of the institution/organization/firm concerned (the stamps and signatures certifying the copy should be original);

4) document, issued by the foreign institution/organization/firm, proved the fact of the particular person employment, formalized by the letterhead of the foreign institution/organization/firm concerned signed by the Head of the foreign institution/organization/firm concerned, in original;

5) other documents proved the presented information, upon the request of the Consul.

Issue of visa to the Heads of the representatives of the foreign enterprise / company / bank in the Republic of Belarus, to the members of their staff as well as to the employees of the particular foreign enterprise / company / bank is considered upon presentation of the formalized letter of support from the Belarusian representative concerned, approved by the Division of Export Support of the Department of Foreign-Economic Activity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

* for private purposes — formalized letter of invitation (specimen in Russian), issued by local citizenship and migration office of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Belarus in original;

- document, confirming the possession of immovable private property with living space, in original.

Visas marked as “Diplomatic visa” or “Service visa”

Visas marked “Diplomatic Visa” or “Service Visa” are issued by the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as by diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Belarus worldwide. These visas may be issued to persons enjoying diplomatic or consular (and similar) privilege and immunity and who are staying in Belarus for official purposes. Visa applications are considered within five working days (one week). Express visas are processed within three working days. Visas for work in representations in Belarus are considered within one month.

Applications for these visas shall be accompanied by verbal note or letter of request from the relative foreign state establishment with specification of the purpose of entry and program of visit.

Visa application form (English)

Visa application form (Lithuanian)

Particulars of issuance of entry visas at the “National Airport Minsk”

Customs formalities while entering or leaving Belarus

For more detailed information about visa application, types of visa and visa prices please click here to go to the guidelines.