The Department of State provides U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Belarus the following information regarding the European Games to be held in Minsk from June 21-30, 2019.
Before you go...
Print out our Traveler’s Checklist card and be sure to:
- GET INFORMATION: Visit the State Department’s country information page for Belarus. It provides up-to-date information about visas, safety and security, and other issues related to traveling in Belarus.
- ENROLL IN STEP: Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This will enable the U.S. Embassy to keep you up-to-date with important safety and security announcements, and help us reach you in an emergency.
Passports and visas
- From June 10 to July 10, U.S. passport holders who have a ticket for at least one European Games event or the Opening/Closing ceremony may enter Belarus through any air or land border without a visa. In addition to the ticket you will need health insurance and evidence of funds equivalent to at least 40 dollars per day (a credit card, traveler’s checks, or cash will suffice). See Welcome to 2nd European Games Minsk 2019 for more information about entering Belarus Visa Free.
- IMPORTANT: IF YOU PLAN TO ENTER BELARUS FROM RUSSIA you must register your ticket here before your arrival. You must have a valid ID and the original paper or electronic ticket with you when you cross the border.
- Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 3 months from the date of entry into Belarus.
- All U.S. citizens staying in Belarus for more than five business days are required to register with the local office of the Citizenship and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior (formerly OVIR). This requirement applies to visa holders and those who enter Belarus under the 30-day visa-free regime.
- You may be able to register online through a single portal of electronic services at portal.gov.by; if you are unable to access the portal, you must register with the local police office (OVIR) in the district where you are staying.
Getting to/from the airport
Minsk airport is located 25 miles (40 km) from Minsk city centre:
- Buses to the city central railway station depart every 20 to 30 minutes. The price is 5 Belarusian rubles. You will find departure times and route information on the Minsk International Airport website.
To check the schedule of sport events and sites where these events will take place, as well updates and all necessary information related to the Games, please visit the official European Games webpage.
For a map and listing of the venues, see the official Minsk 2019 page.
For a schedule of sporting events, see the Minsk 2019 Schedule of Events page.
Please see the Belarus International Travel page on the Department of State’s Travel.State.Gov website for additional information about traveling in Belarus.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk is located at 46 Starovilenskaya, Minsk, 220002 Belarus. We can be reached by:
- telephone, +375-17-210-1283 any working day from 4.00 PM to 5.00 PM;
In the case of an emergency involving an American citizen, call +375-17-210-1283 or +375-29-676-0134 (after hours). American citizens visiting or residing in Belarus should note that the emergency number for the Belarusian police is – 102, ambulance – 103, rescue and fire department – 101.
Enjoy the Games and your visit to Belarus!