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Q: Do I need a visa to get to Belarus?

- Citizens of most countries of the world need visas to enter Belarus. Visas are not needed for the nationals of some countries of the New Independent States (former Soviet republics), some Eastern European countries and several other states. You can find a list of the states who’s citizens do not need visas for travel to Belarus at the web-site of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus (http://www.mfa.gov.by/eng/ku/visa_req.htm).

Q: Where can I get a Belarusian visa?

- You can obtain a Belarusian entry visa at Belarusian embassies and consulates. For the updated list of Belarusian diplomatic missions and their addresses see the web-site maintained by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus at http://www.belembassy.org.

Q: How much do I have to pay for Belarusian visa?

- It depends on the country you are from. You should check this with the Belarusian diplomatic mission that is responsible for your country. Normally the cost of normal single entry visa varies from US$ 40 to US$ 80.

Q: How long does it take to get a visa?

- Normal processing time for getting a visa is 5 working days. Usually you will be able to get it faster by paying an extra.

Q: What other documents other than visa are required to enter Belarus?

- You will need a medical insurance to enter Belarus. A few foreign companies issue insurances that are valid in Belarus. You can also get a police at the border.

If you are a journalist that is going to collect information, make reports or perform other professional activities in Belarus you will be required to get an accreditation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus (MFA). Accreditation is free. For more information see a page of the MFA’s Press-Service (http://www.mfa.gov.by/eng/press.htm).

Q: Are there any restrictions on bringing goods, money and personal belongings to Belarus?

The following imports are prohibited:

- military arms and ammunition;
- narcotics, toxic, explosive and nuclear agents;
- photographs and printed materials directed against Belarus;
- local currency (Belarusian rubles).

You can bring with you without paying any customs dues the following items:

- goods and items up to an amount of US$ 1000 for personal use only;
- 600 cigarettes of 300 grams of tobacco products;
- 3 liters of alcoholic beverages;
- 5 jewelry items;
- 3 leather and/or fur items;
- 1 video camera or video player/recorder;
- foreign currency - unlimited, to be declared to avoid any problem when exporting it.

See also a section of this web-site that deals with customs regulations.

 
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