Russia Belarus Visa Agreement
December 16, 2020
1 – including non-residents of Estonia and Latvia. 2 – Only in possession of a multiple visa (i.e. a “C” or “D” visa) from a member country of the European Union or the Schengen area, an entry stamp from one of these countries and a valid air ticket departing from Minsk National Airport. EU residence cards are not accepted for this purpose.  Belarusian citizens, with the exception of the United Arab Emirates, can travel to all countries whose citizens will travel visa-free to Belarus without a visa. Among countries with rapid visa exemptions under a pilot program, Belarusian citizens enjoy visa-free access to Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, Micronesia, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles and Vanuatu. MOSCOW, July 1 (BelTA) – The Belarus-Russia Agreement on Mutual Visa Recognition will enter into force at the end of 2020 – early 2021, Belarus` Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko said at an online briefing on July 1 on the eve of Belarus Independence Day, BelTA. Under the agreement, citizens of third countries with valid visas can enter, stay in the other country from Russia or Belarus until their visa expires, cross the land border of Russia and Belarus by train or air and by major highways. Each party reserves the right to refuse entry or to shorten their stay on its territory.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said the document provided for full mutual recognition of national visas and other documents relating to the entry and residence of foreigners. Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Sstakov added that the agreement would not cover the category of foreigners arriving in Belarus under the visa waiver programme. Foreign visitors who are nationals of the designated countries can enter Belarus without a visa through Minsk National Airport, with the exception of flights to and from Russian airports. The length of stay allowed can be up to 30 days, with registration required for stays of more than 5 days. Visitors must also depart from Minsk National Airport, departure by train (for example) is not allowed. The number of visa-free entries is unlimited.  According to the Member, the ratification of the agreement would promote the development of Belarus` international contacts, tourism and investment potential and would demonstrate the country`s openness to foreigners.