Republic of Belarus
Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.
Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.
Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.
Must be valid for at least 3 months beyond scheduled departure date
Two blank pages when presented to Belarusian immigration authorities
Yes, if planning to stay more than 5 calendar days or if you enter or exit at border crossings other than the Minsk Airport. Please see below.
As of February 12, 2017, visitors traveling to Belarus, entering through the international airport and staying for no more than 5 days, including the days of arrival and departure, do not need a visa.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that visa-free movement through the airport does not extend to persons coming from the Russian Federation or intending to fly to the airports of the Russian Federation,(such flights are considered internal flights and do not have border control restrictions).
Travelers using a diplomatic, official or service, and other special passports still require a visa.
U.S. citizens wishing to enter Belarus for five days without a visa must have:
All U.S. citizens visiting more than seven calendar days or residing in Belarus are required to register with the local office of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior (formerly OVIR) within five business days of arrival.
Visit the Belarusian Embassy web site for the latest visa information.
Transiting Schengen Countries:
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to Belarus on a 30-day visit. Long-term residents (more than 90 days a year) or students must obtain an HIV/AIDS test in Belarus and submit the results to the Department of Citizenship and Migration when applying for an extension of stay or residency in Belarus. Please verify this information with the Embassy of Belarus before you travel.
Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks. All European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can sometimes become confrontational. For this reason, it is recommended that U.S. citizens avoid all demonstrations and protest gatherings.
Foreigners may be placed under surveillance. Hotel rooms, telephones, and fax machines may be monitored, and personal possessions in hotel rooms may be searched.
Taking photographs of anything that could be perceived as being of military or security interest may result in problems with authorities; these sites are not always clearly marked and application of these restrictions is subject to interpretation.
Crime: Belarus has a low rate of street crime. Violent crime against foreigners is rare; criminals have been known to use force if met with resistance from victims.
Internet-Dating Schemes and Cyber-Crime: "Internet brides" are advertised on several websites and are not always legitimate. Often, potential suitors in the United States lose thousands of dollars when they send money to people they have never met and never hear from them again. A growing variant on this theme is: the suitor is invited to Belarus to visit a “friend,” who arranges lodging and transportation for him (at hugely inflated prices) and disappears when the money has changed hands.
Cyber-crime is well developed in Belarus. Merchandise orders with fraudulent credit cards, ID theft, hacking/blackmail schemes, and advance-fee fraud are gaining in popularity. If doing business with persons or firms in Belarus electronically, proceed with extreme caution.
Counterfeit and pirated goods are widely available. Transactions involving such products may be illegal under local law. In addition, bringing them back to the United States may result in forfeitures and/or fines.
Sophisticated criminal investigations may be inconclusive because of a lack of resources and/or political will.
Harassment of U.S. citizens at border crossings has been reported. We recommend that you report any crimes immediately to the local police and to the U.S. Embassy in Minsk.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police by dialing 102 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +375-17-210-1283. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
The local equivalents to the “911” emergency lines in Belarus are: 101 for Fire and Rescue Squad; 102 for Police; and 103 for Ambulance (Medical Emergency).
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
Medical care in Belarus is neither modern nor easily accessible. Hospitals and medical facilities in Belarus are below Western and U. S. standards and lack basic supplies. Trauma care is well below U.S. standards; Belarus lacks the level of care and competence to deal with these injuries.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: The government requires all visitors to purchase local health insurance. You may purchase the local health insurance at the points of entry. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Belarus, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure your medication is legal in Belarus. Always carry your prescription medication in the original packaging with your doctor’s written prescription.
The following diseases are prevalent: Tuberculosis (TB) is an increasingly serious health concern in Belarus. For further information, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) information on TB.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Under local law, any agency that detains a foreigner should inform the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) within 24 hours from the time of detention. The MFA, in its turn, has to notify the respective embassy as soon as possible. The time of such notifications has varied from several hours to several weeks. Therefore, we recommend that if travelers have a chance to inform friends or relatives about their arrest, they should advise them to notify the U.S. Embassy as soon as possible on their behalf.
Marriages in Belarus:
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: Same-sex relations are not illegal in Belarus, but discrimination against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is widespread, and harassment against LGBT individuals has occurred in the past. For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Belarus, you may review the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Many existing buildings as well as public transportation systems are less adapted to individuals with disabilities. Check ahead with your hotel/destination to learn more about options to accommodate disabled traveler needs before visiting Belarus.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Road Conditions and Safety: Generally, roads in Belarus are in good condition, but modern cars share the highways with tractors, horse-drawn carts, and pedestrians.
Public Transportation: When traveling on public transportation of any kind, be wary of pickpocketing and other petty crime. There are several rental car agencies currently operating in Minsk; however, rental-car networks are not well developed.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Belarus, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Belarus’ Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.