All U.S. citizens traveling to Belarus need a Belarus visa regardless of the length of their stay or the purpose of their trip. Visas are not issued on arrival in Belarus, so you must obtain one before you arrive. Without it, you will not be permitted to enter the country. Visas are issued for stays of up to 90 days within a one year period. If you want to stay longer than 90 days, you must obtain permission from the Ministry of the Interior in Belarus. If you stay past the expiration date of your travel visa, you will need to get an extension from the Department of Citizenship and Migration. You will not be allowed to leave the country until you get an extension, and you will be responsible for all charges incurred during that time. Belarus law prohibits individuals with an expired Belarus visa from checking into a hotel or securing other types of lodging, so you may have difficulty finding a place to stay if you remain in Belarus on an expired visa.
Requirements for obtaining a visa vary based on the type of visa for which you are applying. Below is a list of common items that are required when applying for a visa.
U.S. passport with at least two blank visa pages that will be valid for at least 90 days after you are scheduled to depart Belarus
Application form. Every field on the form must be completed. If a question does not apply to you, write “N/A.” If the answer to a question is none, write “NONE.” Do not leave any fields blank. Incomplete Belarus visa application forms will not be processed and will be returned to you, delaying the issuance of your visa and possibly your travel plans.
A letter of invitation (specific requirements vary based on the type of visa for which you are applying)
This is not an exhaustive list of requirements. You may be required to provide additional documentation depending upon the type of visa for which you are applying. For the most up to date requirements, visit the website of the Embassy of Belarus.
Submitting Your Application
After you have completed your application form and gathered the required supporting documentation, you may submit your Belarus visa application in person at the Embassy or Consulate or by mail. If you submit your application by mail, you must include a pre-paid, self-addressed return envelope. For the protection of your documents, it is recommended that you provide a return envelope with a traceable delivery method. Regular visa processing takes up to five business days, and expedited processing takes two business days. Processing of your application will not begin until all of the required documentation has been received.
Acceptable forms of payment include money order or cashier’s check. If you are submitting multiple applications, you must provide a separate check or money order for each application. The costs associated with securing a Belarus visa are outlined below.
The fees listed are applicable to both single and multiple entry visas.
Transit visa: $100 for regular processing or $200 for expedited processing
Short-term visa (valid for 90 days for a stay of up to 90 days): $140 for regular processing or $280 for expedited processing
Long-term visa (valid for one year for a stay of up to 90 days): $390 for regular processing or $780 for expedited processing
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A visa service will make sure your application is complete and accurate, so you can secure your Belarus visa without experiencing any delays. If you have questions at any time during the application process, a representative will be available to help you. Some services have representatives available twenty four hours a day to respond to client inquiries.
After you have completed your application and sent the supporting documentation to the visa service, they will personally deliver your application materials to the Belarus Embassy or Consulate for processing. When your visa is issued, it will be mailed directly to you, so you can be on your way.
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