According to the Presidential Decree effective from January 9, 2017 (with changes and additions effective from July 27, 2018 and October 17, 2021) foreign citizens of 76 countries can enter Belarus for up to 30 days and exit from the territory of Belarus only through the State border checkpoints of the Republic of Belarus "Minsk National Airport", “Airport Brest”, “Airport Gomel”, “Airport Grodno”, “Airport Mogilev”, “Airport Vitebsk”. The visa free stay is subject to a limit of 90 days per calendar year, provided the following requirements are met:
- they enter and they leave the country via flights to and from Minsk National Airport
- they have medical insurance valid in Belarus preferably purchased from a kiosk next to passport control at the airport for €1/day (bring euros or dollars with you to purchase)
- they are not flying directly from or to a city in Russia
- they have cash or proof of funds of at least 25€ per day of stay (not enforced for travellers from developed countries)
Visa-free entry does not apply to travellers entering or exiting by train, bus, or car, or entering by plane at a different airport than Minsk.
Visa-free entry is not granted to holders of diplomatic, service or special passports and to travellers flying to Minsk from Russia or flying from Minsk to Russia. These flights are considered domestic because of the absence of border control between Belarus and Russia.
The given order of visa-free movement through the airport does not extend to persons coming to Belarus by plane from the Russian Federation, as well as to those who intend to fly to the airports of the Russian Federation (such flights are considered as internal ones and do not have border control).
The Embassy of Belarus provides two services - one week and next working day.
Visa applications are submitted on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only.