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Types of Belarusian entry visas and visa support documents

To apply for an entry visa, the following visa support documents, confirming the purpose of the visit and travel conditions, are required:

transit visa (type B) with the right of single, double or multiple transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus within 2 days;

short-term visa (type C), valid for up to 90 days with the right of single, double or multiple entry and the right to stay for up to 90 days:

•    for a purpose of business,  for participation in sport or cultural events
•    for tourism
•    for private purposes
•    to study
•    for employment
•    for religious reasons
•    for the implementation of humanitarian programs
•    for visiting the burial places
•    for journalistic activity
•    for permanent residence;

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

•    for a purpose of business
•    for participation in sport or cultural events
•    for private purposes
•    for visiting the burial places
•    for religious reasons
•    for the implementation of humanitarian programs
•    for journalistic activity
•    for employment;

transit visa (type B) – a visa of the country of a foreign citizen final destination.

If a visa to enter the third country is not required, other grounds for obtaining a transit visa are taken into account, including tickets for travelling by rail, road and air transport or reservation confirmation.

short-term visa (type C), valid for up to 90 days with the right of single, double or multiple entry and the right to stay for up to 90 days:

  • for a purpose of business, participation in sport and cultural events — an original (?) letter of visa support of a legal entity, issued on the letter-head with the full name of the entity, its location and telephone number and the obligation of the legal entity to assure a foreign citizen observance of the rules of stay in the Republic of Belarus, sealed by the legal entity. 

In case of necessity to supervise the activity of a representative office of a foreign enterprise in the Republic of Belarus or to carry out activities, directly related to the work of this office, a short-term business visa can be granted to the managers and employees of this office or foreign enterprise (organization), which has established this office, on the basis of the original application of the foreign enterprise office in the Republic of Belarus, issued on a letter-head with its full name, location and telephone number, and the obligation of the representative office to assure a foreign citizen observance of the rules of stay in the Republic of Belarus, sealed by the representative office.

  • to study (?) — an original invitation of the Belarusian educational institution, approved by the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, for the period, specified in the invitation, or appropriate confirmation from the Citizenship and Migration Department, sent directly to the Embassy/Consulate;
  • for religious reasons – an original (?) letter of visa support of a religious association, issued on a letter-head with the full name of the religious association, its location and telephone number, and the obligation of the religious association to assure a foreign citizen observance of the rules of stay in the Republic of Belarus, sealed by the religious association and approved by the Commissioner for Religious and Ethnic Affairs; 
  • for tourism — one of the following original (?) documents for the period, specified in the document, but no more than 30 days:
  1. a letter of visa support of a Belarusian tourist company, issued on a letter-head with the full name of the tourist company, its location and telephone number and the obligation of the tourist company to assure a foreign citizen observance of the rules of stay in the Republic of Belarus, sealed  by the tourist company; 
  2. a letter of visa support of a sanatorium-and-spa resort or recreation center, issued on  a letter-head with its full name, location and telephone number, purpose, period of stay of a foreign citizen, services rendered, confirmation of the voucher reservation and full or partial prepayment for the services, as well as the obligation of the sanatorium-and-spa resort or recreation center to assure a foreign citizen observance of the rules of stay in the Republic of Belarus, sealed by the organization;  
  3. a letter of visa support of a representative of farm tourism business with its name and address, purpose, period of stay of a foreign citizen, services rendered and the obligation of the representative to assure a foreign citizen observance of the rules of stay in the Republic of Belarus and copies of documents, confirming the right to provide its services in the sphere of farm tourism;
  • for private purposes – one of the following documents (?):
  1. an original invitation, issued by the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus;
  2. official confirmation of serious illness or death of a close relative or spouse, a death certificate – for processing an entry visa to a foreign citizen, whose close relative or spouse became seriously ill or died in Belarus, as well as to close relatives and spouse of this foreign citizen; 
  3. a subpoena, including the one received by facsimile or other channels of communication;
  4. an original document, confirming the ownership of the real estate property in Belarus – for processing an entry visa to the owner of property and to his/her family members;
  5. a letter of visa support of a Belarusian healthcare institution or contract for medical services with a Belarusian healthcare institution, prepared in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus – for processing a visa to a foreigner, who is in need of medical care, provided in Belarus, as well as to an accompanying person, if required;
  • for visiting the burial places – an original certificate of the local executive committee, confirming the fact of burial in the Republic of Belarus and the maintenance of the graves of close relatives or spouse of a foreign citizen;
  • for the implementation of humanitarian programs, including foreign donations, rest and recreation of children and volunteer work — a letter of visa support of the Humanitarian Activities Department of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus or another authorized governmental institution of the Republic of Belarus, regional executive committees and the Minsk City Executive Committee, including letters of visa support, received by facsimile or other channels of communication;
  • for journalistic activity – upon temporary accreditation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus;
  • for employment (?) – one of the following documents:
  1. a copy of a special employment permit, issued by the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, certified by the Belarusian Public Notary;
  2. relevant confirmation from the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department  of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, delivered directly to the Embassy/Consulate;
  • for permanent residence (?) – upon the decision of the Regional branch of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus;

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

  • for a purpose of business – upon the following documents:
  1. an original letter of visa support of a Belarusian legal entity;
  2. (?) a document, that proves the necessity of multiple visits to the Republic of Belarus during the requested period of visa validity, i.e. a copy of a contract (cooperation agreement) between a Belarusian legal entity and foreign citizen or foreign organization where he/she works, that confirms the existence of stable business connection, or document of a Belarusian legal entity (including the founding documents), confirming that the foreigner is a founder of a Belarusian commercial organization or an employee of a foreign company, that has established the commercial organization in Belarus;
  3. by the decision of the consular officer – other documents, confirming the information, contained in the letter of visa support, and the existence of business contacts.

A long-term visa for a purpose of business  can be issued on the basis of a letter of visa support of a representative office of a foreign company in the Republic of Belarus to founders, managers and employees of the foreign company, which has established this office, in order to supervise the work of the representative office or to carry out activities, directly related to the work of the representative office;

  • for participation in sport or cultural events – upon the following documents:
  1. an original letter of visa support of a Belarusian legal entity;
  2. a document, that proves the necessity of multiple visits to the Republic of Belarus during the requested period of visa validity, i.e. copy of a contract (cooperation agreement) between a Belarusian legal entity and foreign citizen or foreign organization where he/she works, that confirms the existence of stable business connection, or the schedule of sport events;
  3. by the decision of the consular officer – other documents, confirming the information, contained in the letter of visa support, and the existence of long-term contacts;
  • for private purposes –one of the following original documents:
  1. an invitation, issued by the local unit of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus;
  2. a document, that proves the existence of the property right to the house/apartment on the territory of the Republic of Belarus – for the property owner and his/her family members;
  3. a  contract for medical services with a Belarusian healthcare institution, prepared in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus – for processing a visa to a foreigner who is in need of medical care, provided in Belarus, as well as to an accompanying person, if required.
  • for visiting the burial places — an original certificate, issued by the local executive committee, confirming the fact of  burial on the territory of the Republic of Belarus and the maintenance of the grave of a close relative or spouse of a foreign citizen;
  • for religious reasons – an original letter of visa support of a religious association, approved by the Commissioner for Religious and Ethnic Affairs;
  • for the implementation of humanitarian programs, including foreign donations, rest and recreation of children and volunteer work — a letter of visa support of the Humanitarian Activities Department of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus or another authorized governmental institution of the Republic of Belarus;
  • for journalistic activity  – upon permanent accreditation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus;
  • for employment – for nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland , France, Germany, Greece, SAR PRC Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, SAR PRC Macau, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay on the basis of the original visa support document of a Belarusian legal entity and one of the following documents: 
  1. a copy of a special employment permit, issued by the Regional branch of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, certified by the Belarusian Public Notary;
  2. confirmation from the Regional branch of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, delivered directly to the Embassy/Consulate.

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