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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 27, 2016
Good news to Every1 (visas) Belarus plan to abolish visas.  (6 Answers)

Belarus plan to abolish visas. Details are unclear - procedure, criteria and list on nationality.
But what we know - you travel to belarus to visit Avgustov Canal. Cross border thru the folowing border point: Poland -Lesnaya(Rudawka), Bruzgi(Kuznica Bialostocka); Lithuania - Privalka(Švendubrė), Privalka (Raigardas) Stay no longer than 5 days. You can visit only area of Grodno and part of grodno region.

Pricedure, creteria and other detail must be defined within 2 month.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 01, 2016
Invitation letter 30 days or less, answer from ambassy  (1 Answer)

Ok i have read a lot of different thing on this.

When i mailed the Belarus embassy in Latvia and Finland i got the same answer. "There is no need for invitation letter". and both linked to a document.

But then i asked a followup question, something like this: "Will it be easier to get the VISA accepted if i have an invitation letter, even tho i don't need one?"

And the answer was then: "Yes in some cases"


So conclution: You don't need an invitation letter if your stay for less then 30 days, but having one can make a lot of difference. So with other words: Have one regardless if you need one or not!

(This post is only made for info to other visa applicants, so no question asked by me here)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 31, 2016
What currency should i bring? USD or EUR?  (4 Answers)

Since Forex and all other exchange companies don't sell this Belarusian ruble BYN (Old was BYR) i need to have something else (In case of an emergency mostly and stores that don't take Visa card)

But what currency will i be able to use the most in stores etc? USD or EUR?

And i think that something around 500USD or 450EUR will be a good emergency amount for my 9 days visit.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 13, 2016
VISA PROBLEM  (11 Answers)

Hi !

A few weeks ago I made some hotel reservation in Minsk, and the owner decided to send me invitation. He demanded advanced payment. I decided to wait and check other options. I decided to apply (today) for 10 day VISA (no invitation). I booked a room at Garni Hotel for 9 days and applied with their confirmation (signed and stamped).

The guy from previous hotel asked me today for money. I cancelled that reservation and he threatens me to go to Embassy (which?) and that I will not get any VISA. The thing is that I never applied with his invitation, never mentioned him in my today's application. I sent Garni reservation. Is it realistic that some guy can go to Embassy and tell them not to give me any VISA because I did not want to stay with him and now he wants to cancel his invitation ? Perhaps he thinks I wanted to apply for a VISA with his invitation and then cancel it without payment. But I never did anything like that. I never used his invitation.

What do you think?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 11, 2016
Visa for Belarus travel?  (11 Answers)

Flying from US to Russia, then to Crimea, Belarus, Russia and US. Will I need a visa for Belarus as well as Russia?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2016
Belarus Visa Extension  (2 Answers)

My wife is currently in Belarus on a tourist visa that expire in a few days. Her father, who lives in Minsk, is very ill and she would like to extend her visa. Is it possible to accomplish this in 2-3 business days? Should she do it from Minsk or should I contact the consulate in the US?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 30, 2015
Belarus visa support  (3 Answers)


I am from Greece and I want to visit Belarus for 3 days and stay in an apartment but most of them does not offer Visa support. I will need to get the Visa at Minsk airport since there is no consulate here. I have read that invitation letter may not be necessary for EU citizens? Is that true? In case that I need an invitation letter, do you know any agency that can provide cheap visa support (invitation letter) for my case?

Thank you in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 28, 2015
Techno clubs Minsk  (2 Answers)

Hi all..i wanna learn if theres a club with Just TECHNO music..need some help..thxx

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 07, 2015
1 year multiple entry visa  (1 Answer)

I am from migration secure country, and now I am in Belarus, I realize I need 1 year multiple entry visa for Belarus, how to find those company(s) can offer this invitation support, please advice.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 04, 2015
Invitation letter needed for visiting a friend in Minsk  (6 Answers)

I hope someone can clarify something for me. I want to visit a friend and his family in Minsk in May.
Last year I have already been to Minsk on a tourist visa and got all the necesarry papers from the tourist company.
This time I want to rent an apartment and spend most of the time with my friend and his family.

I have searched the internet about the invitation letter and every website says something different.
According to some website I wouldn't need an invitation letter to apply for a visa (becauser I am from a secure migration state), but most say I do need to get one.

So is there anyone who already has experience with this situation and knows the answer?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 07, 2015
Camping Places  (3 Answers)

Are there camping places in Belarus. How can I stay with my camper (Mercedes Sprinter) in Belarus.
Or do i have to stay on Truck Places

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 15, 2014
registration for multiple entry business visa  (4 Answers)

i have 90 day multiple entry visa forbelarus which is "Busines Status." Doi need to register each trip (when more than 5 business days) with such a visa or not?i was told by apartment rental company that not needed but I am not sure they are correct? maybe they just dont want bother going with me:

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 31, 2014
From Bulgaria to Brest  (2 Answers)

What is the best transport from Bulgaria to Brest? I'm planning to go maybe at february or march 2015. I'd like to stay for a couple of days and I'm looking for some nice place (hotels/apartments) to stay. Could you give me some advise for places and things to do like cultural sights, restaurant, cafes and other.
Thank you for your help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 25, 2014
Foreigner Registration and Visa Extension  (3 Answers)

My visa is 30 days Visa on дзелавыя стасункі (Business Relations), I have no inviter, no invitation letter needed because I'm from migration-secure states for Belarus 30 days visa. I prepare to enter Belarus on Tuesday, possible entry in Brest or Grodno by train.

Question 1: Are you sure I can buy the obligatory medical insurance from "Beleximgarant" (the cheaper company) at these border entries ?

2. My entry is on Tuesday, So the next Tuesday I need to do registration ? within 5 business days includes 2 days weekend ? This time I want to stay in private place rather than expensive hotels/hostels, (but at my last time in Blearus, in Grodno foreign registration office, a staff said you need your inviter to do registration) but I have no inviter for my visa, any advices for my intended private registration ?

3. I have intention to extend my visa in Belarus but I can't find clear rules for visa extension in Citizenship and Migration Department, can I just get a private person to invite me staying for the visa extension ? Keep in mind My visa is 30 days Visa дзелавыя стасункі (Business Relations).

4. By the way, is there an online trip planner for Minsk local transport even the other Belarus cities, so that I can find what bus, tram to take to get to where I want to go ?

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 22, 2014
Transit Visa  (12 Answers)


I am going from Poland to Belarus in Feb 2015 and need a visa. The transit visa is good for 48 hours according to the Belarus Embassy website.

I plan to stay 1 night in Brest and 1 night in Minsk before leaving to Lithuania.

Does the transit visa allow you to stop off like this or is it expected that you are travelling (i.e. on a bus or train) for the 48 hours?

As I have it, we plan to enter on Thursday at 2pm and exit on Saturday at 10am

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2014
Visa Belarus  (3 Answers)

Hello everybody,

somewhere in October a friend and I had the crazy plan to visit Belarus. I finally figured out the procedure to obtain a visa for tourists but I have a few questions left.

We're on a budget so we plan to stay in hostels, certainly in Minsk. Can hostels provide you with the invitation letter I need for the visa ?

We'd like to do a 'trip (2 days)' to Chernobyl, because we both love urban photography. I already know that I don't need a visa for Ukraine but if I return to Belarus (we were planning to hire a car to do this trip so we have to bring it back), can I use the same visa then ?

Thank you in advance and all other information is welcome !!!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2014
Transport  (6 Answers)

I am tourist in belarus but i want to go poland. Right now i want to know how i go to poland?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2014
Pinsk to Bialystok Bus 2014  (7 Answers)

I have been agonising over a trip to Pinsk Belarus from Bialystok Poland to visit my grandmother's grave and see old friends.
I will staying in Poland with relatives in August this year and the only safe way was by train which would have taken 12-14 hours!!!
But today I was informed by Belarussin friends that starting from 1st May 2014,
direct bus from Pinsk to Bialystok.
Goes once a fortnight on friday late evening and on saturday Bialystok late night.
One week goes to Bialystok, the other week goes to White Podlasie.
This is a Belarussian Bus Service.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 07, 2014
Registration with Police Question  (3 Answers)

I arrive in Belarus Saturday in the morning. That day I stay in a hostel and they will process my registration for that day. The remaining days I will stay with private individuals (Couchsurfing). I am trying to decide my plan... where to go, when to leave the country, etc.... but I am struggling with the absence of information... one thing is for sure... I don't want to ask people to waste their time taking care of paperwork for me, so I will have to leave whenever a new registration becomes mandatory.

I am aware I have 5 business days until I need to register with the police. But in this case, because I will stay first night in hostel... is it the same... 5 business from Sunday? This brings me to another question... these days... is it inclusive or exclusive? Because if it's inclusive I should leave Friday BUT if it's exclusive, I can leave only next Sunday.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 04, 2014
Address and location required  (1 Answer)

I have a partial Belarus address that I need to complete including post code. and which city/ town is it near?

The address is:
Molodechnen.d-t, Vytrepovsh., Str. Komsom. 15

Any help much appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 26, 2014
Reentering Belarus after a day trip to Russia  (4 Answers)

Hi everyone,
I am going to Minsk in may (visa free since I have a hockey ticket). I was wondering if I can take a day trip to Russia (I will get a Russian visa) and then come back to Belarus legally. On the one hand Russia and Belarus have no border controls but on the other hand it is a second entry to belarus. Is travelling between Russia and Belarus considered "single entry" since they seem to have some border agreement?
Thx a lot!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 29, 2014
May 2014 - hockey champ immigration  (4 Answers)

Not a question - a notice.

The border guards of Belarus have released a statement according to which any guests visiting Belarus in May visa-free will have to declare their passport, ticket and (!) the local registration (the latter must be processed within 5 business days by the tourist if not staying at hotels that process registration automatically).

Well, this is obviously a measure taken by the government to tackle apartments that do not offer registration. This all is going to be a lot of fun!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 27, 2013
Visa Belarus  (5 Answers)

I want to travel to Belarus with a friend and would like to know:
1.) How can I get the visa in the cheapest possible way (we are Austrian citizens)?
2.) Which places are recommendable to visit and are clean hotels/hostels easy to find?
3.) My friend speaks basic Russian. Will that be enough to get around and are the locals in Belarus helpful in general?

Thank you for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 03, 2013
visiting now  (10 Answers)

Anyone have any special tips or advice about visiting belarus. i will be there this week.
Also any VT members also travelling in the area ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 07, 2013
Is it possible to visit the Belarussian section of Chernobyl?  (3 Answers)

I saw a nature documentary about some scientists who were studying wolves in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, and they were able to visit the Belarussian section, but can you go there as a tourist?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2013
Taking my daughter to see her country  (3 Answers)

I am planning on taking my 11 year-old daughter to see her birth country and some members of her birth family. We will need a translator to French or English. Where can we hire one. We are also looking for an ap
artment in Minsk and in Bobruisk. What other cities or places should we visit. We will be in Belarus from August 2 to August 21.
Any ideas or help would be great. Roxanne

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 31, 2013
visa  (12 Answers)

do I need a visa to stay in Belarus for 3 nights

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 18, 2013
Verification need  (2 Answers)

Hi all. Can any one help me that how to verify a tourist company in Belarus and Ukraine? as under one of the Belarus agency site

any method of online LIC checking?
you hand will be help me.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 16, 2013
Visit Visa  (5 Answers)

I tried many companies and mail them and call them too. No body treat me. I don't know why? What is the fear? Please can any body help me to visit Belarus? I really appreciate you all.
since 2008 I am working in Saudi Arabia as computer engineer. I will provide you full guarantee I am 31 years old man and I already have the family visa here in Saudi Arabia. As it is holidays yearly so I plan to visit Belarus. My work contract valid till 2015 (extendable)
I am Pakistani national. I have valid work permit of Saudi Arabia and I am still working in Saudi Arabia. I like to visit Belarus and explore the moments of world war II. As it is my dream that I can see them closely. Since 4 years I am working in Saudi Arabia as Computer Engineer.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 14, 2013
Invitation letter  (5 Answers)

Hey all!

I am so excited to finally get to see Belarus, and then later on the Baltic states! I am having some serious difficulty finding a place that will issue me a letter of invitation though. I have spoken to two hostels, both said they would try and help, then I never hear back. Is there any tourist agency that will issue a letter for a payment?

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