When a foreign citizen is planning a trip to Belarus, one of the first questions they have is: “Do I need a visa and if yes, how to get an invitation?”
First of all, I should say that citizens from 80 countries don’t need a visa to Belarus if they enter and exit the country through the State border checkpoint of the Republic of Belarus “Minsk National Airport” and stay in Belarus for up to 5 days. This visa-free opportunity does not extend to people who come to Belarus by plane from Russia, as well as to those who intend to fly to the airports of Russia because these flights are considered to be internal ones. You can find the list of the 80 countries whose citizens can travel to Belarus for up to 5 days without a visa on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
If you travel for a longer period and do need a visa, you will need to have:
– a valid passport;
– a visa application form;|
– one photograph 35×45 mm;
– consular fee payment;
– medical insurance for an amount not less than €10 000;
– visa support documents.
A visa can be opened in a diplomatic mission in your country (click on Select Foreign Mission). An invitation letter can be prepared for you by your friend, relative, hotel or a travel agency. Here’s a detailed guide to share with your friend/relative who will prepare an invitation letter. If you need to get this invitation yourself, there are numerous companies which provide this service. Check out their websites to see the pricing: RCT, MinskLux, etc.
I hope you will easily obtain a visa to Belarus and your trip will leave only the best emotions and impressions! Remember, that on MeetnGreetMe platform you will find Minsk locals who can help you plan your trip, arrange all activities in line with your interests and budget, organize your stay, show you around and much more. Follow this link to see locals in Minsk who are already available to meet’n’greet you in Belarus.