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Visa issues

Visa is a document that allows entry to a country. It is also allowed to leave and stay in the Republic of Belarus. There is the possibility of transit through the territory of Republic of Belarus having obtained a visa.

Visas are issued to foreigners by diplomatic representative offices or consular office of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, law enforcement bodies, bodies of a border service of the Republic of Belarus.

In the Republic of Belarus there are 3 (three) types of visa:

1. The entry visa that allows the person to enter Belarus;

2. The exit visa that allows the person to leave Belarus;

3. The exit-entry visa that allows the person to leave and enter Belarus.

Entry visas may be single-entry, double-entry and multiple-entry.

Our legislation divides entry visas into the following types:

1. Type B – transit visa issued for transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus for the defined period, but not more than for 1 (one) year, and is valid for 2 days from the date of entry of a foreign citizen.

Transit visa can be issued for:

- single transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus;

- double transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus;

- multiple transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus.

2. Type C - short-term visa, valid for up to 90 days.

Type C visa can be issued for the following purposes only:

- making a business trip, participating in sports / cultural activities

- study

- journalistic activities

- religious reasons

- tourism

- for private purposes

- visits to cemeteries

- implementation of humanitarian programs

- journalism

- employment

3. Type D - long-term visa valid for up to 1 (one) year with the right to stay up to 90 days, unless otherwise stipulated by the international treaties of the Republic of Belarus.

Type D visa can be issued for the following purposes:

- maintaining business contacts

- participating in sport/cultural events

- private purposes

- visiting the burial places

- religious reasons

- implementation of humanitarian programs

- journalism

- employment

Issuance of visa at the National airport “Minsk”

In accordance with Belarusian law diplomatic representative offices and consular institutions of the Republic of Belarus, Foreign Admissions Division of the Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the National Airport “Minsk” are empowered to issue visas.

At the National Airport “Minsk” the entry visa is issued by the Division for the Admission of Foreigners of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DAF).

In accordance with the law visa support documents should be submitted to DAF by the inviting organization/person not later than 3 (three) business days before the expected arrival date.

In practice usually companies invite people in this way: before 3 business days they submit all the necessary documents to DAF and then when the invited person is coming DAF issues a visa in the airport.

The inviting person should pay his attention that visa support papers should be provided to the airport authorities before 3 business days. Of course, in practice it is better to submit it in advance before 4-5 business days.

Lawyers of our company will competently prepare for you all the necessary documents for obtaining visa, documents for migration authorities. They will also accompany you for obtaining a visa.