The Embassy of the United States in Belarus has announced the expansion of visa services and plans to start issuing tourist visas to Belarusians in 2018.
Tourist visas to Belarusians
“We intend to allow all citizens of the Republic of Belarus to apply for non-immigration visas starting early 2018.
For the first time in ten years any resident of Belarus will be able to come to the U.S. embassy in Minsk in order to get an American visa.
They will not have to go to neighboring countries,” U.S. Charge d’affaires to Belarus Robert Riley announced on Wednesday, 1 November.
The decision had been prompted by the strained relations between the United States and Russia, the diplomat explained. The exact date when it would come into effect is yet unknown.
In addition, applicants of any age whose U.S. visa in any category expired less than a year ago may apply for a new visa in Minsk.
Expansion of visa services
Starting November 1, the Embassy will reduce the age requirement for non-immigration visa applicants from 70 to 50 years.
“Certainly, this age requirement may seem steep to young people but it will allow a large number of Belarus citizens to get visas,” noted the diplomat.
Mr Riley also specified that the new requirement will apply to guest visas, tourist visas, and business visas of categories B1 and B2.
Robert Riley thanked the Belarusian government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for tight cooperation.
For updates and details about how to schedule an appointment in Minsk, you can visit the Embassy’s website.