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Forms of foreigners staying on the territory of the Republic of Belarus

According to Article 38 of the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Legal Status of Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons in the Republic of Belarus” of January 4, 2010, a foreigner may I) temporarily stay, II) temporarily  reside and III) permanently reside on the territory of the Republic of Belarus.

I. Temporary staying – for the term of a visa, unless otherwise stipulated by international agreements of the Republic of Belarus or by the decisions of the President of the Republic of Belarus, but no more then 90 days within a calendar year, with exemptions for nationals and some categories of residents of the following countries:

  • Israel (90 days within each period of 180 days);
  • Latvia (90 days within each period of 180 days);
  • Lithuania (90 days within each period of 180 days);
  • Montenegro (90 days within each period of 180 days);
  • Poland (90 days within each period of 180 days);
  • Russia (no limits);
  • Ukraine (90 days within each period of 180 days).

During temporary staying in the Republic of Belarus foreigners are obliged to be registered by the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus at their place of residing or in other way, stipulated by the Belarusian legislation, within 5 days from the date of arriva,l excluding weekends and national holidays.

Nationals and some categories of residents of the following countries are released from the obligatory registration:

  • Latvia (within 30 days from the date of arrival);
  • Lithuania (within 30 days from the date of arrival);
  • Kazakhstan (within 30 days from the date of arrival);
  • Russia (within 90 days from the date of arrival);
  • Ukraine (within 30 days from the date of arrival);
  • United Arab Emirates (within 30 days from the date of arrival);

II. Temporary residence – for a term of staying in the Republic of Belarus, but no longer than 1 year. The temporary residence permit is issued by the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus at the place of a foreigner residing. The proper procedure is established by the Belarusian legislation.

III. Permanent residence. The permanent residence permit is issued by the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus at the place of a foreigner residing. The proper procedure is established by the Belarusian legislation.