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VISA FREE FAQ

Since 2017, the Republic of Belarus has been removing bureaucratic borders, which prevented foreign visitors from visiting the East European country for decades. More effort is to be done, but the progress is obvious: for today, nationals of a number of countries can travel to Belarus without a visa, and Belarus hospitably awaits them.
For now, one is able to get to Belarus in 3 different ways:
1) By plane, via the Minsk airport. Nationals of 80 countries (see Appendix 2 below) may enter Belarus through the Minsk airport, without a Belarusian visa. The only thing one has to do is to check with the list below and make sure that no additional documents are required. Then, one may travel all over the country, but is obliged to leave Belarus through the Minsk airport, too.

What is needed?
• A valid passport;
• Medical insurance that covers at least € 10 000 (can be purchased at the airport);
• An amount of money that is equal to € 25 for a day of stay.

2) By car, bus, train or even on foot.Nationals of 74 countries (see Appendix 3 below) may come to Belarus through its western border in picturesque Hrodna and Brest regions. No visa is required. However, while entering that way, one must stay within the borders of the visa-free area, which is marked on the map (Appendix 3). Organized tourist groups serviced by Belarusian tour operators are allowed to visit the extended area.

What is needed?
• A valid passport;
• An invitation from a Belarusian tour company.

3)By the way, there’s a list of countries that benefit from a full-scale visa-free regime with Belarus (see Appendix 1): their citizens may travel to Belarus through any crossing point. Check whether your country is included!

What is needed?
• An application for a visa to the embassy of Belarus in your country. Or just a valid passport.

FAQ
Q: May I combine two different ways of travel, e.g. to arrive via the airport, but to leave by train through Hrodna district?
A: No, if you arrive via airport, you ought to leave in the same way.
Q: If I arrive at the visa-free area from Poland through Brest district, may I leave Belarus to Lithuania through Voranava or some other visa-free district?
A: Absolutely. As long as you stay within the visa-free area and have all the documents needed for visiting Lithuania, you are free to leave through any crossing point in the area.
Q: I’ve heard there is no border between Belarus and Russia. What if I come to Belarus and take a trip to Moscow for a change?
A: You should be careful. For now, nationals of the third countries are not allowed to cross the ground border between Belarus and Russia, even if they have a Russian visa or benefit from a visa-free regime with Russia. There’re just two ways for them to get to Russia from Belarus: by plane, from the Minsk National airport, and through Viesialoŭka crossing point (also known as the “the Three sisters”) in the very south-east of the country, where the borders of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine meet.
Q: Ugh, and what if I want to come to Belarus from Russia?
A: Unfortunately, it’s a bad idea. Firstly, you will have to travel by plane. And, as long as you are not a Russian citizen, you’ll need a Belarusian visa and won’t be able to take advantage of any visa-free regime. Moreover, the visas, which usually can be issued to certain foreigners at the Minsk National airport, cannot be issued to the foreigners, who arrive by flights from Russia.
Q: I am from India and I want to avail of the opportunity of the visa free-regime during my European vacation. But I ought to comply with some more recommendations, ought not I?
A: Yes, as long as you are a national of a country, marked in the attached list with an asterisk, you must have a valid Schengen visa with an entrance mark in a passport and air tickets with confirmed departure date in order to come to Belarus. So, you may combine a visit to the EU with a visit to Belarus, but make sure that the latter follows the former and there is a confirmation in your passport. And that affects only a plane trip; you can still visit the visa-free area without additional requirements.

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On October 27-30 the Third World Rural Tourism Conference took place in Zhejiang province. It is traditionally held in Huzhou district, and that is not a coincidence: it is an example to follow to Chinese rural tourism. Its organizers were local authorities and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

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For years, the name “Belarus” has not been on every tourist’s lips. Despite its pristine nature, rich Soviet legacy, developing agritourism and general safety for travelers, the country didn’t receive the attention it’s worth of. But things are going to change: the Republic of Belarus has opened its borders and is now visa-free for tourist from a number of states (including the UK), who travel by plane.

On February, 9 during a meeting in London AITO welcomed another associated member – the Republican union of tourism industry (RUTI), an organization that consolidates tour operators, DMCs, hotels and tourist attractions from Belarus.

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One visa-free zone “Brest-Grodno”

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed Decree No. 300 “On Establishing a Visa-Free Procedure for Entry and Exit of Foreign Citizens”, the press service of the president reports.

The previously separate Brest and Grodno visa-free zones for tourist and recreation purposes are now combined into a unified Brest-Grodno visa-free territory. It includes five districts: Brest, Volkovysk, Grodno, Lida and Shchuchin.

In this region, the period of stay without a visa is increased to 15 days for citizens of 73 countries. In addition, it will be possible to enter the country through two additional checkpoints: Bieniakoni and Berestovitsa.

Foreigners will be able to travel without visas throughout the western regions, provided that they are part of organized tourist groups on routes that provide for a visit to the visa-free territory of Brest – Grodno.

The decree comes in force three months after its official publication.

At the same time, a visa-free entry procedure for citizens of 74 states to Belarus for up to 30 days via Minsk National Airport is maintained, which is provided for by decree of January 9, 2017 No. 8 (as amended, effective July 24, 2018).

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Stork is a symbol of Belarus.

Stork is a beautiful and magical bird. And it is a symbol of Belarus.

There are many legends about this holy bird. One of them tells such an interesting story.

According to the tale, the Stork used to be a man. Once God told him to throw a sack containing all kinds of harmful insects, rodents and snakes into the sea, and forbade him to untie it to see what was inside. However, the man succumbed to temptation and either out of curiosity or tempted by another man, disobeyed. All the creatures spread over the globe in a flash, while the man was turned, for his curiosity and disobedience, into the Stork wandering around the world and collecting all these beings for food.

Belarusians believe that storks settle only for good people. And if you see the first flying stork in spring, you will be happy the whole year.

Be happy and come to us in Belarus!

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