Belarus Extends VisaFree Entry to 30 Days

On July 24, Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, signed a decree extending visa–free entry to Belarus from 5 to 30 days for citizens of 80 countries. All tourists must arrive in Belarus and depart the country via Minsk National Airport.

The new decree updated the list of countries that are allowed to use the visa–free entry. It excludes countries that have a bilateral agreement with Belarus on abolition of visas.

To enter Belarus visa–free, foreign visitors should have a valid passport or other travel documents, at least 25 Euro or an equal amount in dollars or Belarusian rubles for each day of stay, and a medical insurance for 10,000 euros or more. The insurance must be valid in Belarus.

In addition to the requirements listed above, citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, and Samoa must have a valid multiple entry EU member country or Schengen visa with a mark of entry, as well as plane tickets confirming departure from Minsk National Airport within 30 days of arrival to Belarus.

The law does not apply for visitors flying to Minsk via Russia or planning to fly to Russian airports.

The new rules are valid for citizens of China until August 10, 2018, when the bilateral agreement on mutual visa–free regime for holders of ordinary passports comes into force.

Moreover, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has drafted a bill that will extend the period of mandatory registration for all foreign visitors from 5 to 10 days. The registration won’t be necessary for tourists living in agricultural guest houses and sanatoriums. All guests will be able to register on the Internet for free. The new registration law may come into force in 2019.

Belarus extends visa-free entry to 30 days