Foreigners arriving in Belarus can register online and free starting January 2nd, 2019.
Thus, foreign visitors to Belarus are no longer obliged to visit registration offices in person.
The registration of tourists can be done through the unified portal of e-services.
Online registration is available to visitors entering Belarus through state border checkpoints, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reports.
Online registration is free.
How to register in Belarus online
At first, a foreigner needs to register on portal.gov.by.
Step 2 is to sign in at a personal account.
Then the user fills in the application to register during their stay in Belarus.
The application can be filed not only by the applicant themselves but also by their representative through their account.
Foreigners can still register at the Departments of Citizenship and Migration upon arrival.
But… a small catch
However, there are two important things to mind for foreigners visiting Belarus.
Online registration is not available for foreigners who travel to Belarus from Russia – they should apply for registration to the Departments of Citizenship and Migration upon their arrival.
Plus, the extension of registration can only be done through a personal application to the Departments of Citizenship and Migration.
The introduction of the online registration for tourists was a long-awaited update from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Another promise was to increase the term of registration to 10 days. Currently, tourists must register within 5 business days after arrival to Belarus, and re-register if they change accommodation during their stay in Belarus.
The authorities also mentioned canceling registration altogether but that novelty is likely to take time.
“The visa-free entry shows that we are opening up to the world. Accordingly, it is important to soften the migration rules and make all procedures as convenient as possible,” Vitaly Naumchik, the First Deputy Head of the Citizenship and Migration Department, said at the end of 2018.