The Belarus visa free process is made easy in the article.
As of January 2017, the Republic of Belarus has become visa free for all EU countries, also including The United States of America. With the introduction of the visa free process, it is now easier than ever to visit Belarus for up to 5 days to capture a glimpse into one of the last remaining remnants from The Soviet Union era. Those who wish to stay inside Belarus for longer than 5 will still need to apply for a tourist visa, which follows a very similar process to that of the process for acquiring a Russian tourist visa.
Below offers a full list of all countries that allow visa free travel to Belarus, as posted directly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus via Twitter:
— Belarus MFA 🇧🇾 (@BelarusMFA) January 9, 2017
In order to enter Belarus visa free, you must meet the following requirements:
- Must enter Belarus via Minsk National Airport.
- A valid passport for travel or an approved travel document.
- Financial means of at least 25 EUR (or the equivalent amount in BYR) for each day of the stay.
- Medical insurance (including coverage for Belarus and an amount of at least 10,000 EUR).
There’s no limit on the number of trips you are allowed to make using the visa free process, but your total stays are not to amount to more than 90 days in a calendar year.
Tips for the Immigration Process
As the process is still relatively new, below are a few tips for entry/exit to Belarus based on personal experiences:
- You will be required to fill out some paperwork that is given to you during your flight to Minsk. This includes information such as name, passport number, and how long you will be staying in Belarus. Once you arrive in Minsk, you will give this paperwork to the immigration officer, who will take the first half, and give you back the remaining piece which you must keep until your exit from Belarus.
- Upon arrival at Minsk National Airport, you will have the option to buy medical insurance, which you must have in hand prior to entering the queue for passport control. The insurance costs slightly more than 1 EUR per day when purchased directly at the airport.
- If you will be using a third-party approved health insurance, be sure that the documents clearly state the coverage is included for The Republic of Belarus, and is valid for an amount of 10,000 EUR. It’s advisable to also have a copy on hand that is provided in Russian, in case you will be asked to show your coverage. At the time of writing, the suggested means for providing proof of health insurance would be purchasing the provided coverage option that is available directly at the airport.
- Since you a required to carry a minimum about of financial means on you when entering Belarus, it’s best to keep this amount in EUR in case you are asked by the immigration officer for proof. At the time of writing, there seems to be a very low chance that you will be asked to show proof of financial means when entering the country.
- After exiting immigration, you can easily reach the city center by taking the bus labeled”300-Э” which will drop you off directly downtown.
The new process for visiting Belarus visa free is straight forward, and allows for a quick trip to take in all that Belarus has to offer. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.
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