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Visa requirements

Dear visitors!

Please note, July, 3, 2017 the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Canada will be closed.

To obtain a visa the following should be submitted to the Consular Section of the Embassy.

Note: The following requirements are presented for the US, Canada and EU citizens. Citizens of other countries, stateless persons and refugees should contact the Consular Section of the Embassy to clarify the terms and conditions for obtaining a visa.

1. Passport
 
A valid original passport (“Permit for Reentry” or “Refugee Travel Document” are also acceptable). A passport should have at least two blank visa pages and should be valid for at least 90 days upon conclusion of your trip.
 
The form must be filled out completely, no blank spaces must be left. If a question does not apply, please type “N/A”. If the answer is none, write “NONE”. Incomplete forms will be returned to the applicants UNPROCESSED.
 
The form should bear the original signature of applicant and must be well readable. Please, fill out in block letters.
 
3. Photo
 
One passport size photo of the applicant which should be attached (stapled or pasted) to the marked space at the upper right-hand corner of the application form. Do not staple the face. Click here for more information on photo requirements.
 
4. Travel medical insurance 
 
From July 1, 2014 the new procedure and conditions of the obligatory medical insurance of foreign citizens and stateless persons travelling to the Republic of Belarus and temporarily residing in the Republic of Belarus came into effect.
Medical insurance should meet the following criteria:
 
contain the name of a foreign insurance company and its location, phone numbers or international assistance services;
contain full name of the policy holder;
cover the territory of the Republic of Belarus or be valid worldwide;
be valid for a period of temporary stay or temporary residence of a foreign citizen in the Republic of Belarus;
provide the insured amount of emergency medical coverage not less than 10000 Euro.
 
Please check here for details.
 
5. Envelope
 
Applying by mail, you should enclose self-addressed pre-paid return envelope (preferably XPRESSPOST). To prevent the envelope loss make sure that the envelope you provide has a tracking number. 
Mailing address of the Embassy is: 130 Albert street, Suite 600, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G4
 
6. Payment
 
ATTENTION, PLEASE
From January 1, 2010 visa processing fees must by paid in EURO by a bank draft or certified check. 
 
A bank draft or certified check needs to be issued in EURO for visa processing payable to the Embassy of Belarus in Canada and must have 2 signatures of authorized bank officers. Any European bank dealing with the euro currency can be specified as the correspondent bank by the bank issuing you a bank draft or check in EURO. Please make sure the name and details of a particular correspondent bank. Please note, the Embassy does not accept bank drafts or checks issued by HSBC bank.


In case of presenting to the consular section all the documents PERSONALLY cash can also be accepted
 
The visa processing fees for citizens of Canada are:
 
Type B: transit
(term of validity must comply with term of stay in destination country; period of stay is no more than 2 days)
 
Processing time
Number of entries
Single
Double
Multiple
Regular
(5-7 business days)
60 €
60 €
60 €
Expedite
(2 business days)
120 €
120 €
120 €
 
Type C: short-term
(valid for up to 90 days)
 
Processing time
Number of entries
Single
Double
Multiple 
Regular
(5-7 business days)
60 €
60 €
60 €
Expedite
(2 business days)
120 €
120 €
120 €
 
Type D: long-term
(term of validity is 1 year; period of stay is 90 days)
 
Processing time
Number of entries
Single
Double
Multiple 
Regular
(5-7 business days)
-
-
60 €
Expedite
(2 business days)
-
-
120 € 

 
Visas for children under 14 years are free of charge
 
VISA PROCESSING FEES FOR CITIZENS OF OTHER COUNTRIES MAY BE DIFFERENT !
 
Citizens of Estonia, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Serbia  
FOR ADDITTIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE CONSULAR SECTION OF THE EMBASSY:
(613) 233-6190
 
7. Visa Support Documents
  • For a business visa. An original or a copy of a letter of invitation from an agency, company or organization in the Republic of Belarus, which is registered as a legal entity by the Belarusian authorities. A letter of invitation should be printed on the official letterhead with a registration number, date of issue, and should bear the signature of an official and a corporate seal. It should also indicate the expected duration of the applicant's stay in Belarus. An inviting party must provide written guarantees that an invitee will abide by the rules and regulations applied to foreign citizens in the Republic of Belarus. For multiple-entry long-term (type D) business visa: an original of a letter of invitation from an agency, company or organization in the Republic of Belarus, which is registered as a legal entity by the Belarusian authorities; a document, that proves the necessity of multiple visits to the Republic of Belarus during thr requested period of visa validity, i.e. a copy of the contract concluded between partners or any documents of the Belarusian legal entity (including documents), confirming that the foreigner is a founder of the Belarusian legal entity or is an employee of foreign company that has established the commercial company in Belarus.
  • For a tourist visa. An original or a copy of a letter of invitation from a belarusian travel agency. Hosting organization should be registered as a tourist company by the Belarusian authorities.
  • For a visitor's visa (private visit). An original (not a copy) invitation. Your relatives or friends should obtain invitation (“zaprashenne”) for you at the local Citizenship and Migration Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and send it to you. In case of emergency (unexpected illness, death of the relative, etc.) visas can be issued upon submitting a certified reference from a doctor or a clinic in Belarus. Citizens of the US, Canada, European Union states and some other countries (please, check at the Embassy), who apply for a private visa to the Republic of Belarus valid through 30 days or less do not need to provide any letters of invitation. Still, the inviting person's first and last names and home address must be indicated in the visa application form.
  • For a transit visa. A visa (or copy) for the country you are traveling from/to via Belarus. In case of traveling to countries with no entry visa requirements — copy of the ticket,  itinerary from your travel agency or any other document confirming your trip to the appropriate country.
  • Visit to cemetries. An oroginal (not a copy) certificate of a local executive committee confirming the fact of burial in the Republic of Belarus and the maintenance of the graves of close relatives or a spouse of a foreign citizen.

 

8. Other Documents

ATTENTION! If you formerly had USSR or Belarusian citizenship, you must submit the documents proving the loss of USSR/Belarusian citizenship.

  • If applicant is a child under 18 years of age, a copy of child's birth certificate and copies of parents’ passport main information pages (with passport number, expiration date, photo etc.) have to be submitted.
  • If you fail to follow the above mentioned requirements, your visa application will not be processed.

Visa processing starts only after all necessary documents are submitted.

Please be aware that the type of the visa you have should be consistent with the purpose of your visit to Belarus. Making a trip with purposes different from the visa type, and different from purposes declared while requesting a visa is contrary to law.

When having received your visa please check it for mistakes (passport number, date of birth, validity) and, if necessary, return it to the Consulate for corrections. The Consulate will not be responsible for any mistakes in the visas, which were not brought to our attention prior to your departure from Canada.

Please, note that visas cannot be changed or extended. If your travel plans changed after the visa issuance you have to reapply for a new one.

Any visa applicant may be interviewed by a consular officer if necessary.

The period of temporary stay of foreign citizens in Belarus is determined by the duration of their Belarusian visa and can not be more than 90 days a year, starting from the date of entry in Belarus.

 

An applicant needs to apply for a visa in advance in case he intends to reside in the Republic of Belarus for a period of more than 30 or 90 days (up to 1 year) and is eligible for a temporary residence permit in the Republic of Belarus.

After arriving to Belarus please report within 5 business days the information about the address and duration of your stay to the local Citizenship and Migration Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and have registration put in the holder’s passport. If staying in a hotel, this will be arranged by the hotel services (reception bureau). Foreigners visiting Belarus as tourists should submit the abovementioned information at the registration place of their first stay — for the entire period of their visit to Belarus.  

 

 

ATTENTION!

In order to facilitate the procedure of issuance of the entry visas at the Minsk National Airport on August 16, 2013 the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus Nr.725 on amendments to the Visa rules of the Republic of Belarus was issued on August 16, 2013.

According to the Resolution starting from August 22, 2013, all foreign citizens arriving in the Republic of Belarus through the Minsk National Airport will be able to obtain entry visas at the Airport.

Visa support documents must be submitted to the Foreign Admissions Division (FAD) of the Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus in advance: for short-term visas – not later than 3 business days before expected date of arrival; for long-term visas — not later than 5 business days before expected date of arrival.

In case of serious illness or death of a close relative or spouse of a foreigner visa support documents can be submitted at the time of application of the foreigner for a visa.

Visa support documents may be submitted by the inviting company or person to the FAD located at the National Airport Minsk (telephone: +375 17 279 20 58) or by post, taking into account the timing of delivery (220054, Minsk, the territory of National Airport Minsk, Foreign Admissions Division of the Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus).

Short-term student visas are issued only in the event of personal presence at the «National Airport Minsk» of a representative of the organization authorized by law to issue invitations for study.