Accreditation of foreign journalists

According to the Regulations for the Accreditation of Foreign Journalists in the Republic of Belarus, to work in Belarus foreign journalists should be accredited at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus (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 must be provided to get a permanent accreditation:

  • A written request on the official letterhead of the organization signed by the head of the mass media organization. The request must contain the following information: 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;
  • Brief background information on the mass media organization applying for accreditation, including information on its representative offices in the Republic of Belarus. The document should be signed by the head of the mass media organization;
  • Standard application form completed personally by the journalist to be accredited;
  • Brief background information on professional activity of the journalist to be accredited;
  • Two photos of the 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.

Once the permanent accreditation is granted, the MFA Consular Department shall send a written confirmation to the appropriate Belarusian diplomatic establishment for issuing a one-year multiple entry visa.

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

Family members of a permanently accredited journalist shall receive a family member card and a one-year multiple entry visa valid for the period of the foreign journalist's accreditation.

If permanent accreditation needs to be prolonged, the head of the foreign mass media organization shall not later than fifteen days before the expiry date of accreditation send a letter to the MFA requesting to prolong a journalist's accreditation. The following documents must be provided:

Temporary accreditation

The following documents must be provided for temporary accreditation:

You may send scanned copies of the above documents in electronic format (.pdf files) or as a digital photo (.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 media representative, the MFA Consular Department shall send a written confirmation to the appropriate Belarusian diplomatic establishment for issuing a press visa.

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

The MFA press service contact details are as follows: vul. Lienina, 19, 220030, Minsk; tel. (+375 17) 3275154; fax (+375 17) 2104251; e-mail: press@mfa.gov.by.

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Regulations for the Accreditation of Foreign Journalists in Belarus