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About the Republic of Belarus

Belarus is a small state with an area of ​​about 207.6 thousand square kilometers, which is located in the center of Europe and occupies about 2% of its area. The country is landlocked, and its land state border is established with five states: with the Russian Federation in the northeast and east, with Ukraine in the south, with Poland in the west, with Lithuania and Latvia in the northwest.

Due to its geographical position, Belarus is an important trade and transport corridor between the countries of Europe and the CIS. The country is located at the intersection of the trans-European transport and communication corridors "West-East" and "North-South". The compactness of the territory allows you to conveniently and quickly get to anywhere in the country, and you can completely cross it in 7 hours, the length from west to east is 650 km, and from north to south - 560 km.

Minsk is located in the center of the Republic of Belarus - the largest city, the capital of the state. Over the long history of its existence, it has repeatedly collapsed and rose from the ruins. Today Minsk is a modern European city, the main political, economic, cultural and scientific center of the country, where almost 2 million people live on an area of ​​about 300 square kilometers. It is here that the main educational institutions of the country are concentrated, an extensive network of cultural and sports facilities has been created, and the main bodies of state power are located.

Belarus is an open country known for its hospitality, every traveler feels welcome here! At the beginning of 2017, our country opened its borders and provided foreign citizens with the opportunity to visit the country without a visa for a period of no more than 5 days for citizens of 80 states when entering through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk". Due to the high interest in Belarus among foreign guests, the country's leadership decided to expand the possibilities for visa-free entry and increase the period of stay to 30 days. Today, you can discover Belarus, get acquainted with its culture and traditions, admire its magnificent landscapes and visit its best tourist places without spending time preparing documents for entry.

Guests of the country who arrive through the "National Airport Minsk" can take advantage of the absence of visa formalities when planning a trip to Belarus. The regime "30 days without a visa" allows citizens of 74 countries to come to the Republic of Belarus for a period not exceeding 30 days (including the day of arrival and departure). To enter the country in a visa-free regime, you must have with you: a valid passport or other document replacing it, for traveling abroad, cash (an amount in foreign currency or Belarusian rubles, equivalent to at least two base values ​​(about 51.00 BYN; 23.60 USD; 20.60 EUR for each day of stay), medical insurance policy in the amount of at least 10 thousand EUR, valid in Belarus.

It is possible to come to Belarus for tourist purposes without a visa for up to 15 days when visiting the visa-free territory "Brest - Grodno" (Brest, Brest, Zhabinkovsky, Kamenetsky, Pruzhany districts of the Brest region, Grodno , Berestovitsky, Volkovyssky, Voronovsky, Grodno, Lidsky, Svislochsky, Shchuchinsky districts of Grodno region). The presence of such a territory will help foreign guests get acquainted with the masterpieces of Belarusian architecture, see the most significant and popular sights of the country, plunge into folk traditions and experience the well-known Belarusian hospitality. With this option of visa-free entry to the Republic of Belarus at the checkpoint, you must provide confirmation of the right to an individual or group visit to the recreational area, issued by a travel company. The Belarusian tour operator "Automated tourism technologies" offers a full range of travel services for organizing a tour of any complexity and paperwork for visa-free entry. The visa-free procedure for entry and exit from the Republic of Belarus through the State Border of the Republic of Belarus to visit these tourist and recreational zones must be carried out strictly through the checkpoints established by Presidential Decree No. 426.

In addition, for citizens of certain states, agreements provide for visa-free entry to the territory of the Republic of Belarus for a longer period. You can find out if you need a visa to travel to Belarus and in what cases you can come to the country without a visa, as well as get advice and assistance in preparing documents, on the Belarus-online Internet portal. y in the section Visa to Belarus.

Citizens of the Russian Federation do not need a visa to enter Belarus. For them, you only need to have an identity document - for an adult it is an internal or foreign Russian passport, and for a child - a birth certificate with a mark of Russian citizenship or a corresponding insert. Medical insurance is optional, since the agreement concluded between our countries provides for the provision of free emergency medical care. If you wish, you can conclude a voluntary health insurance contract. The policy of the insurance company offers a wider range of services than is prescribed in the agreement of our countries. Compulsory medical insurance of foreign citizens is carried out by two insurance companies "Beleximgarant" and "Belgosstrakh", and the insurance policies of only these companies are valid and obligatory on the territory of the Republic of Belarus. A medical insurance policy can be issued at any checkpoint on the borders of the Republic of Belarus, as well as at airports and railway stations where branches of Belarusian state insurance organizations operate.

When visiting Belarus for more than 30 days, most foreign citizens require a visa. A consular fee is charged for obtaining a visa to the Republic of Belarus. From January 1, 2017, the consular fee rate for the issuance of an individual visa of all types with any number of entries is set at 60 EUR. In relation to citizens and residents with a special status of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Estonia, preferential rates of consular fees are determined, and this fee is not charged at all from citizens of Japan and Serbia.

The authorities for issuing entry visas of the Republic of Belarus are:

  • consular offices of the Republic of Belarus;
  • diplomatic missions of the Republic of Belarus;
  • Department for the entry of foreigners the main consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus at the "Minsk National Airport".
To obtain a visa, you must provide the following documents:
  • a completed visa application form;
  • a valid passport (the validity period must exceed the date of the expected departure of a foreigner from Belarus by at least 90 days);
  • photo 35x45 mm in size, against an even light background, high quality clarity, 70-80% of the vertical size of the image should be occupied by the face, the photograph should be no more than 6 months old;
  • visa support documents (for citizens of states that are safe in terms of migration, a simplified procedure for issuing visas is provided, which does not require visa support documents confirming the purpose and conditions of the trip, when issuing visas for up to 30 days for entry in order to carry out a business trip or for private business, as well as to participate in sports or cultural events);
  • confirmation of payment of the consular fee;
  • health insurance contract;
  • other documents, necessary to obtain of this or that type of visa.
The decision to issue an entry visa is made by a consular officer within 5 working days from the date of submission of documents (urgently - within 2 working days). Visa processing immediately upon arrival in Belarus is possible only at the main consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus at the “Minsk National Airport”. To do this, the inviting person or organization must provide the original invitation to the Directorate for the Entry of Foreigners of the Main Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UVV GKU MFA). Visa support documents (the original of the application and its copy) must be provided in advance - no later than 2 days before the expected date of arrival of the foreigner.

The Republic of Belarus is convenient in terms of transport links and is located at the intersection of the main international transport corridors connecting Western Europe with the Russian Federation, Northern Europe with South Europe. It is easy to get to Belarus by air, rail and road - there are many direct routes from most European countries, as well as from the CIS countries.

Undoubtedly, the fastest and most comfortable way to get to Belarus is to use the services of an air carrier. National airport "Minsk" is the main air gate of the country, a modern complex with a developed infrastructure - comfortable and spacious halls, free Wi-Fi, restaurants, bars, Duty Free shops, hotel rooms, insurance and other services. The airport serves about 19 international airlines, including Aeroflot, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and other major carriers. The national airline Belavia makes regular flights from the largest cities in Europe, Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel. The national airport "Minsk" is located 40 km from the city, which allows you to quickly get to the capital both by public transport and by car. Convenient transport links are provided by the state enterprise Minsktrans, whose buses run every hour, as well as route taxis.

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