In August 2018 the Belarusian government signed a decree that allows 30-day visa free regime in Belarus.
Citizens of 74 countries do not need a visa for stays in Belarus of up to 30 days, subject to a limit of 90 days per calendar year, provided they meet the following requirements:
- 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 travelers from developed countries)
Visa-free entry only applies to visitors entering and leaving through the border checkpoint at Minsk National Airport, and, unless noted elsewhere, visa-free entry does not apply to travelers entering or exiting by train, bus, or car, or entering by plane at a different airport than Minsk. The cheapest flights to/from Minsk National Airport are usually to/from Vilnius.
Visa-free entry is not granted to holders of diplomatic, service or special passports and to travelers 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.