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Belarus hasn’t historically been a popular destination among tourists, but it’s starting to gain some recognition. It has strong ties with Russia, and not many developments have occurred in the last few years. Even so, if you know where to look, you will find a few fascinating and beautiful places to visit. We are here to provide you with some basic information about tourism in Belarus. You may have to do some further research, but we hope that the info below is enough to get you started.
We will begin with the entry requirements because that is one of the first things you need to know. After all, a visa may be in order. The visa policy of Belarus is not known for its leniency, but you may actually have a chance at skipping a trip to the embassy. The citizens of 27 countries and jurisdictions are exempt from getting a visa if they do not stay for more than the allowed timeframe. While some nationalities can stay in Belarus indefinitely, others can spend from 30 to 90 days in Belarus without a visa, depending on their nationality. It is worth mentioning that the citizens of North Macedonia can enter and stay in Belarus for no more than 30 days only if they hold an invitation letter or a tourist voucher. Apart from a valid passport, all tourists must have travel health insurance.
The visa policy of Belarus also includes regional visa-free provisions. Eligible nationalities can travel to Belarus without a visa if they arrive via the Minsk National Airport. However, the flight cannot depart to or come from Russia. If you find yourself in this category of travelers, you are allowed to stay in Belarus for up to 30 days. However, if you stay for more than 5 days, you need to register your visit. You are to leave the country via the Minsk National Airport as well. You are prohibited from leaving by train or by any other means of transportation. Basically, you must leave the same way you got there.
The Brest – Grodno territory can also be entered without a visa by the same nationalities that can travel via Minsk. You are not allowed to leave the region during your visit. Visas on arrival for Belarus are also available, but under some special circumstances. The government of Belarus announced that an electronic visa will become available in 2020 as well.
All the nationalities that are neither visa-exempt nor want to take advantage of the regional visa-free provisions must go to the nearest consulate or embassy of Belarus and apply for a visa there.
Going back to tourism, there are a few exciting things for you to do in Belarus. After all, about 100 thousand tourists go there every year, and there are many good reasons why. For one thing, Minsk is a beautiful city, especially at night. The locals are quite aware of that, which is why you can take a tour to see Minsk at night. You can explore the beautiful Privokzalnaya square and the City Gates. The Nezavisimosti square, which is the political and administrative center of the city, is also nice. You may also be interested in the House of Government and the Red Catholic Church.
If you want to leave Minsk behind, you should try the Mir Castle and the Niasviz castle. They are both UN heritage sites, and they are gorgeous. In fact, both of them are among the very few well-preserved medieval castles in Belarus. You can go on a tour, take some lovely pictures, and if you are interested, there are a few tour guides that can tell you about their history.
The Khatyn Memorial, together with Mount of Glory and the Brest Fortress are memorials from the Soviet World War II. People believe that they are so incredibly massive only because the Soviets wanted to use them as propaganda objects. Even so, you may find them interesting.
Last but not least, you may want to check out the Stalin Line, which is a museum. It depicts the most extensive defense line that was built before World War II. You will find an impressive collection of weapons that date from the 20th century.
In Belarus, people speak either Russian or Belarusian. They are quite similar, and most people will opt for Russian, so it will be of greater benefit for you to know Russian. English is not widely spoken, especially among people who were born before communism fell. It is taught in school from the age of 7, but since not many English-speaking tourists go to Belarus, people do not really have the chance to practice it. So, it would be best for you to learn a few basic Russian phrases before you travel to Belarus.
We should warn you that if you stay at a hotel in Belarus, please avoid leaving valuable items in your hotel room. It is a known fact that housekeepers may take things for themselves, and things disappear.
As far as safety in Belarus is concerned, you do not have to worry. Even petty crimes are severely punished, which is why the crime rate is very low. Organized crime has been kept at bay by the government's efforts. Drug-related activities are severely punished, so please avoid using recreational drugs, even marijuana, when in Belarus. When it comes to health, one thing that you should do before leaving for Belarus is to get vaccinated for tuberculosis. It is quite common in Baltic countries. But the health system in Belarus is pretty good. If you need access to proper western medical attention, it is best to ask for medical evacuation from the European Union.
While Belarus is often overlooked by western tourists, that is quickly changing. It may not be an exotic vacation destination, but it has a unique charm. The people are friendly, you can learn some Russian, and maybe get to learn a few interesting facts about World War II.
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- Select the type of visa and read the instructions carefully.
- Select Apply Now
- Fill in the application form
- Pay using a Visa Card, Mastercard or other debit card.
- Await approval via email, then download and print the e-Visa from your account.
- Present your printed e-Visa to the immigration officer at the port of entry.
We know that our applicants can come across unexpected changes in their travel plans that may prevent them from traveling and therefore getting their visa. This is why we understand you may want to request a cancellation of your visa application and a credit for the amount paid. However, we will only approve the refund/credit if it follows our Refund policy guideline:
- If your application has not been reviewed by our team, nor submitted to the government for approval, then you will receive a credit for the full amount of the iVisa processing fee and government fee(visa cost).
- If your application has been reviewed by our team but has not yet been submitted to the government for approval, you will receive a credit for the full amount of the government fee (visa cost).
- If your application has been submitted to the government for approval or a visa is already issued, unfortunately, no credit is available.
Our policy also applies to these circumstances:
- If we make a mistake on your application, a 100% refund of the iVisa processing fee will be issued and we will process your visa again at no cost.
- If you purchase rush or super rush processing additional fee and we do not deliver the travel document within the agreed timeframe, you will receive a credit for the iVisa rush or super rush processing fee.
- If you miss your trip because iVisa does not deliver the travel document within the agreed timeframe, you will receive a full cash refund for the government fee and iVisa processing fee.
- The exception to the clause above is if the government is the cause of the delay or your arrival date was sooner than our super rush processing time. In such case, you will receive a credit for the iVisa processing fee.
If for any reason, you are not satisfied with our services, please feel free to contact us. Under reasonable circumstances, we will grant a credit of the iVisa processing fee to be used for a future order.