Jan 13 2017

New Visa Exemption Created for Business Visitors



On or after February 12, 2017, nationals of 80 countries – including all EU Member States, the United States, Brazil, Indonesia and others – will be eligible for a visa-free business and tourist stay up to five days if they enter through the Minsk National Airport.

Required Documentation for Entry

Eligible entrants must present the below documents to enter under the exemption:

  • A valid passport or other valid travel document;
  • Proof of at least EUR 25 (or equal amount in dollars or Belarusian rubles) for each day of stay;
  • Proof of medical insurance with coverage of at least EUR 10,000 in Belarus.

Nationals of China, Gambia, Haiti, India, Lebanon, Namibia, Somoa and Vietnam must also present a valid multiple-entry visa from an EU Member State or Schengen country and a ticket from Minsk National Airport showing a planned departure within five days of entry into Belarus.

Eligible Nationals

A list of all eligible nationals is available here.

Foreign nationals on a flight from/to the Russian Federation and holders of diplomatic, official, or special passports are not eligible for the exemption.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Eligible travelers will benefit from the exemption and should contact their immigration professional to ensure they comply with the travel requirements.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to

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