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Accreditation of foreign journalists

Foreign journalists wishing to work in Belarus need to get accreditation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). There are two types of accreditation: permanent and temporary. Permanent accreditation is valid for up to one year, temporary — for up to two months.

Permanent accreditation

The following documents are required for permanent accreditation:

  • A written request (original) signed by a mass media chief for accreditation of a journalist wishing to work in Belarus. The request should indicate first and family names, date of birth, citizenship, passport number, issue and expiration dates, desired duration of accreditation, diplomatic mission where a journalist intends to receive an entry visa, purposes of the visit
  • Short background information about a mass medium applying for accreditation, including information about its representations on the territory of Belarus. The document should be signed by the medium's chief
  • Standard application form completed personally by a journalist to be accredited
  • Short background note on professional activities of a journalist to be accredited
  • Two photos of a journalist to be accredited (34 cm)
  • A copy of personal ID or passport
  • A copy of journalist card

Applications for permanent accreditation of foreign mass media technical personnel shall be processed under the same procedure. Decision on permanent accreditation shall be taken by the MFA of Belarus within two months from the date of the application's receipt. 

Upon completion of permanent accreditation procedures by a foreign mass medium's representative, the MFA Consular Department shall send a written confirmation to Belarus foreign representation for issuing a one-year multiple entries service visa.

Representatives of foreign mass media permanently accredited at the MFA shall receive an appropriate accreditation certificate (accreditation card).

Family members of a permanently accredited journalist shall receive a family member card and a service visa valid for the period of foreign journalist's accreditation.

If permanent accreditation needs to be continued, a foreign mass medium editor shall, not later than fifteen days before the expiration of accreditation, send a letter to the MFA requesting to continue a journalist's accreditation. The following documents shall also be required:

  • Application form completed personally by a journalist to be accredited
  • Two photos of a journalist to be accredited (34 cm)

Temporary accreditation

The following documents are required for temporary accreditation:

  • A written request signed by a mass media chief for accreditation of a journalist wishing to work in Belarus. The request should indicate first and family names, citizenship, date of birth, passport number,  issue and expiration date, desired duration of accreditation, diplomatic mission where a journalist intends to receive an entry visa, purposes of the visit.
  • Standard application form completed personally by a journalist to be accredited.
  • Two photos of a journalist to be accredited (34 cm).

You may send scanned copies of the abovementioned documents in electronic format (.pdf files), and digital photos (.jpg files) by e-mail: press@mfa.gov.by.

Decision on temporary accreditation shall be taken by the MFA of Belarus within 20 days from the date of the application's receipt.

Upon completion of temporary accreditation procedures by a foreign mass medium's representative, the MFA Consular Department shall send a written confirmation to Belarus' foreign representation on issuing a business visa.

Representatives of foreign mass media temporary accredited at the MFA shall receive an appropriate accreditation certificate (accreditation cards).

Our contact details at the Press Service are: ul.Lenina, 19, 220030, Minsk; tel. (+375 17) 327 51 54; fax (+375 17) 210 42 51; e-mail:press@mfa.gov.by

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Regulations for the Accreditation of Foreign Journalists in Belarus