When crossing the border of the Republic of Belarus regardless of crossing method, it is obligatory to pass: border and customs control and, if necessary, automobile, veterinary, sanitary-quarantine and phytosanitary types of control.
Foreign citizens and stateless persons can cross the State Border of the Republic of Belarus having the following documents:
1. Valid document for traveling abroad (passport) with a visa for citizens of countries with which Belarus has a visa regime;
2. A document for returning to the state of citizenship or residence (if the passport is lost on the territory of the Republic of Belarus);List of the countries whose citizens enter the Republic of Belarus without a visa
The migration card is not filled in when entering the territory of the Republic of Belarus and when leaving the territory of the Republic of Belarus and is not produced by foreign citizens, who cross the State Border of the Republic of Belarus for temporary stay in the Republic of Belarus.
When departing from the territory of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, foreign citizens receive a migration card from the competent authorities of the Republic of Belarus. The migration card is filled in before entering the Russian Federation and is produced to the competent authorities of the Russian Federation during their stay in the Russian Federation.
For violation of rules of staying in the Republic of Belarus (stay in Belarus without a Belarusian visa, migration card, passport or other document for travel abroad, violation of the registration procedure) foreign citizens are subjected to administrative responsibility (a warning or a fine in the amount of 50 base values or deportation) in accordance with the Article 23.55 of the Code of Administrative Offences of April 21, 2003 № 194-3.
At the entrance to the Republic of Belarus for a term of less than one month, foreign citizens should have funds equivalent to at least 2 base values, established in the Republic of Belarus, per each day of stay. At the entrance to the Republic of Belarus for more than a month, foreign citizens should have funds equivalent to at least 50 base values.
Example of migration card.
On the territory between the state border and correspondent checkpoint is prohibited:
For violations of these requirements foreign citizens are subjected to administrative liability (warning with deportation or without deportation, or a fine of up to fifty base values in accordance with Article 23.32. Code of Administrative Offences dated April 21, 2003 № 194-W (hereinafter - the Code).
A foreign citizen or a stateless person, who arrived in the Republic of Belarus, is obliged to register in a registration authority at place of actual temporary stay within ten days, except for Sundays, public holidays and high days.
Since 2 January 2019 foreign nationals and stateless persons who are temporarily staying in Belarus will be able to get registered on the website portal.gov.by without having to visit a local police office. This service is free of charge and will be available to foreigners who arrived in Belarus through checkpoints on the Belarusian border. To find out the details, please, click here.
of Foreigners Temporarily Staying in the Republic of Belarus
Article 41 of the Republic of Belarus Act of 4 January 2010 “On the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Republic of Belarus” establishes the obligation of foreign citizens and stateless persons (hereinafter referred to as foreigners) temporarily staying in the Republic of Belarus, to register in a registration body at the place of actual temporary stay within ten days, unless otherwise specified by this Act, other legislative acts and international treaties of the Republic of Belarus.
Electronic registration of foreigners is carried out through the unified portal for electronic services (portal.gov.by) free of charge.
This administrative procedure is available for foreigners who entered the Republic of Belarus crossing points of the state border of the Republic of Belarus. Foreigners arriving in the Republic of Belarus through the state border with the Russian Federation should apply in person to the citizenship and migration unit of the internal affairs body at their place of residence in Belarus for registration.
The Republic of Belarus has signed the agreements with Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates and Russia, ensuring a special mode for citizens of these countries who can stay in Belarus for up to 30 or 90 days without registration, respectively. If a foreigner intends to exceed this period, it is necessary to obtain a permit for temporary or permanent residence depending on the purpose of entry. The period of registration for a foreigner is regulated by international treaties concluded with various countries
To register, one will need a computer, mobile phone or tablet with Internet access. Using any browser, go to the website of the unified portal for electronic services portal.gov.by, choose the language of work, create a personal account using the email address. Then, in your account, in the tab “Available services” select the category “Citizenship and migration”, order the service, fill out the application (foreigner registration code 188.8.131.52.).
The application should contain the surname and name of a foreigner in Latin or Cyrillic as indicated in the passport (one option is sufficient), passport information, insurance, date of entry into the country, address of temporal stay. There is also a column for the information about the visa, but if, for example, a foreigner arrives in Belarus under the visa-free mode, there is no need to fill it out. It is also necessary to pay attention to the correct filling of all fields obligatory for filling out.
Then one needs to check all the data entered and click the button “Send application”. After a few seconds, one should receive a message about the successful registration or the system will recommend contacting the citizenship and migration unit if the information does not match.
In case of personal appeal of temporarily staying foreigners to the citizenship and migration units of the internal affairs bodies, registration is carried out in the previously established order.
One will have to apply personally to the citizenship and migration unit at the place of residence in two cases: if a foreigner wants to renew registration at the same address, which he/she indicated in the electronic application, or if he/she arrives in Belarus through the border with Russia.
A foreigner does not have to carry proof of electronic registration. It is enough to report this, for example, to a border guard officer when leaving the country. If one has necessary technical means, one can save a screenshot of the answer about the successful registration or print the registration form, this will speed up the verification process.
It you have any issues of concern regarding the implementation of the specified administrative procedure, contact our technical support service of the National Center for Electronic Services by phone 311-30-00, ext. 713 and the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs by phone 218-55-08, 218-52- 51.
Obtaining registration of temporary stay in electronic form does not grant the right of entry, temporary stay and movement in the border zone.
Foreigners temporarily staying in the Republic of Belarus, who stay in hotels, sanatorium-resort and health-improving organizations, or who live in agroecotourism entities, are exempted from the registration, as the above entities independently submit information about foreigners to the internal affairs bodies.
Registration is made on the basis of the application for registration or a written request of the receiving organization.
The period of temporary stay of a foreigner- his actual stay in the Republic of Belarus. If between his entry and departure from the country passed less than 24 hours, each such period is counted as one day in the period of his temporary stay.
Registration of a minor is made on the basis of documents submitted by his representative.
If a foreigner departed from the Republic of Belarus during the registration period, upon his subsequent registration within a calendar year upon the application and the documents that confirm the crossing of Belarus border, the period of staying abroad is not included in his registration period.
When changing the place of stay the foreigner (except for tourists traveling within the country), within 10 days (except for Sundays, state holidays and high days) must apply for registration to the registration authority at the new place of temporary stay.
Foreign citizen travelling in transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus, enters the Republic of Belarus and departures from the Republic of Belarus on a valid passport or other replacing document, suitable for traveling abroad and issued by the relevant authority of the state of citizenship or habitual residence of the foreigner or an international organization, with transit visa or another visa of the Republic of Belarus, granting a foreigner the right to cross the state border of the Republic of Belarus, unless otherwise provided by international treaties of the Republic of Belarus.
Transit of foreign citizens through the territory of the Republic of Belarus is carried out in a period not exceeding two days from the date of their entry into the Republic of Belarus, except in cases of forced stop.
24-hour hot line for the state border crossing +375 17 216 26 12
24-hour helpline of the personal security service if wrong acts were committed against you by border service officers +375 17 265-90-08
24-hour helpline of the personal security service if wrong acts were committed against you by customs officers +375 17 218-92-92
24-hour hotlines of the operational services of the military units of the border services of the Republic of Belarus:
You can also contact the administration of the State Border Committee and the territorial bodies of the Border Guard sService of the Republic of Belarus.
BelToll – is an electronic toll collection system , which operates on the territory of the Republic of Belarus since the 1st of July, 2013. The system is based on the use of specialized radio technology over short distances. This technology allows road users to pay for travel without stopping vehicles at collection points.
The drivers of vehicles with technically permissible total weight not exceeding 3.5 tons, registered in the member-states of the Customs Union, do not pay for driving toll roads.
must conclude an agreement with the State Institution "Belavtostrada" for use of a toll road without the payment. After signing the contract, it is necessary to obtain the appropriate on-board device and fix it on the windshield in accordance with the supplied instruction.
For timely payment for travel by foreigners and LBG who entered the territory of the Republic of Belarus on a vehicle not registered in the Customs Union, it is necessary to contact one of the nearest border points.
Foreign citizens and stateless persons who have entered the territory of the Republic of Belarus on the vehicle not registered in the Customs Union, must apply to the nearest border points for timely payment
Visas are issued to foreigners by diplomatic missions or consular offices of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, internal affairs bodies, border guard bodies of the Republic of Belarus (hereinafter referred to as border guard bodies), unless otherwise specified by legislative acts of the Republic of Belarus.
Foreigners, who are applying for a visa or entering the Republic of Belarus are obliged to have the funds necessary to cover the costs of their stay in the Republic of Belarus and departure from the Republic of Belarus.
Foreigners must have funds in the amount equivalent to not less than 50 base valuesб established in the Republic of Belarus on the day of entry into the Republic of Belarus, for each month of stay.
When entering the Republic of Belarus for a period of less than one month, foreigners must have funds in an amount equivalent to at least 2 base values, established in the Republic of Belarus on the day of entry into the Republic of Belarus for each day of stay.
The availability of funds can be confirmed by producing:
Features of issue of entry visas at the «National Airport Minsk»
The issuance of entry visas at RUE “National Airport Minsk” is carried out by the Foreign Admissions Division of the Head Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Belarus
Acceptance of documents is carried out in the information point, located on the first floor of the 1/2 sector of the airport complex of the National Airport "Minsk" on working days from 10-30 to 16-30.
Visa support documents are submitted in advance: for registration of short-term and long-term entry visas - not later than 2 working days before the expected date of arrival of the foreigner.
Visa support documents can also be sent by mail (220054, Minsk, the territory of the National Airport "Minsk" UVV GKU Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus). If necessary, you can contact the staff of the UVV GKU Foreign Ministry of Belarus by phone: 279 20 58, 279 28 72.
In case of serious illness or the death of a close relative or a member of an foreigner’s family, visa support documents may be submitted at the time of application of the documents, which are required to process the application for entry visa.
Registration of short-term entry visas for study purposes is carried out only in the presence of a representative of the organization (at RUP “National Airport Minsk”), which in accordance with the legislative acts of the Republic of Belarus has the right to issue invitations for study.
Foreign Admissions Division of the Head Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Belarus does not issue visas of the Republic of Belarus to the foreigners, who arrive with flights from the Russian Federation.
Consular fees for consideration of applications for entry visas of the Republic of Belarus at the National Airport of Minsk
Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Other information of interest can be obtained by contacting your consular offices located in the Republic of Belarus
Grounds for refusal and prohibition of entry to the Republic of Belarus
If a decision was taken to refuse entry into the Republic of Belarus, the visa previously issued to the foreigner for the entrance into the Republic of Belarus shall be cancelled. Border control authorities do not provide to the foreign citizens information concerning the reason for the refusal of entry into the Republic of Belarus.
On the basis of the decision to refuse entry into the Republic of Belarus the foreigner in accordance with order established by the legislation of the Republic of Belarus may be included in the list of persons, whose entry into the Republic of Belarus is prohibited or undesirable. The term of prohibiting to enter the Republic of Belarus is from six months to five years.
A foreigner who stays in the Republic of Belarus and is included in the List of persons whose entry into the Republic of Belarus is prohibited or undesirable, with the exception of foreigners previously deported or expelled from the Republic of Belarus, is obliged to leave the Republic of Belarus within the period established by the body authorized to make a decision to refuse entry into the Republic of Belarus and identified such a foreigner on the territory of the Republic of Belarus.