Belarus Opens Visa Free Entry to 80 Countries Nationals
Effective from 10 feb, citizens of 80 countries will be able to enter Belarus without a visa for up to five days when travelling via the International Minsk airport. As Belarusfeed reports, the visa-free entry will apply to citizens of 39 European states, including all EU countries, as well as to Brazil, Indonesia, the USA and Japan. Those who intend to spend less than 5 days in Belarus can enter the country with a valid passport or other travel document, at least 21 EUR for each day of stay and a medical insurance valid in Belarus. For citizens of Haiti, Vietnam, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia and Samoa a valid multiple visa to any EU member state or Schengen country is a must, as well as a ticket back from Minsk. The visa-free regime does not apply to those who come to Minsk with flights from Russia or intend to fly to Russia via Belarus.
Our guide will help you during your visit to Belarus!
Open Belarus is an alternative travel guide for active people, willing to know more about the world around. This guide is for those who don’t expect everything to be planned for them by a tour operator – be it a foreign tourist, a nostalgic émigré, a student, a businessman, a journalist, a bride or a fiancé or just an adventure-seeker.
his guide is not structured around any specific sites or objects in Minsk or other cities. Instead, we decided to offer you a guide based on your needs and things that interest you. In a way, each of the topics here is like a door to Minsk. Choose yourself which door to open.
If you’re a religious person, check our overview of religions and places of worship in Minsk.
Journalists and anyone interested in human rights are invited to read a guide to Belarus news for English-speakers – however, you will find relevant content in every other article on this webpage as well.
In some cases, we asked our local cultural experts for assistance. For instance, Siarhei Chareŭski presents his view on the history of Minsk, while Sieviaryn Kviatkoŭski presents the alternative reality of Minsk in everyday life.
The story on religious Minsk will help you to understand the multi-confessional nature and past of our capital.
To make sure you don’t get lost, die of hunger, sleep under the bridge or come back from Minsk without any souvenirs, we offer you manuals on how to get around in Minsk and what to buy. However, we’re not trying to present a comprehensive picture of all possible shops, routes and eating spots in Minsk: this information is widely available on other informational portals. Instead, we offer you insights from the locals who visit these places daily or take their foreign guests there.
Moreover, we are going to add to our routes suggestions for other cities in Belarus, since many visitors are looking for the best way to see the “real country” outside its capital.
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