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:

When staying in Belarus for more than 5 days with the exception of Sundays and state public holidays, established and announced by the President of the Republic of Belarus, foreign citizens should register at the divisions on citizenship and migration of the relevant departments of internal affairs at the place of their temporary stay, or via unified portal of e-services portal.gov.by. When staying in hotels, hostels, sanatoriums and other collective accommodation facilities the registration of foreign citizens is carried out by the administrations of such facilities by default upon check-in

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

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.