Guide On Business Visa For Belarus. Read And Apply

Are you going on a business trip to Belarus? Your intuition might have told you that you need a business visa. This article will help you fill the gaps and guide you through the visa application process.

Why business visa?

A business visa is appropriate for a variety of business-related activities such as meeting your business partners, organizing and participating in seminars and conferences, and several other purposes. Before applying for a business visa make sure you have an original formalized letter of support from your partner organization in Belarus.

Stan Mahogany, an investor from the US: “You need to have all the paperwork in order, including the original invitation, stamped and signed. If you use a copy, it will be rejected.”

Types of business visa

    • A short-term business visa allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days, without the right to seek employment. You may apply for one-entry or two-entry visa with an insignificant difference to your wallet;
    • A long-term business visa (up to one year) allows you to stay in the country for 90 days in every 180 days, with multiple entries. It doesn’t grant the right to seek employment.
Mário Lobo, the CEO of Iron Curtain Tours: “My first and only business visa was easy. I did it myself after having the necessary documents from Belarus. You need to plan everything in advance – receiving a partner’s invitation and extract from the registry may take from one to four weeks.”

Required documents

Both types of business visa require a similar list of documents, namely:

    • Filled in and printed out an application form with a colour photograph (35×45 mm, full-face, not older than 6 months);
    • A valid original passport with at least 2 blank visa pages. Term of validity of your passport has to exceed the term of the requested visa for at least 90 days;
    • Medical insurance certificate covering the whole period of the visa. It should be valid on the territory of Belarus, therefore obtained through Belarusian insurance companies or accredited foreign insurers;
    • Original formalized letter of support from a legal entity registered in Belarus.
Davide D., a private employee in Italy: “I often travel to Belarus for work. The biggest problem is insurance that has to cover the entire duration of the visa. For instance, if a visa lasts 3 months, the insurance has to be 3 months. Many of my trips lasted not longer than a week, and I still had to pay the full insurance… On one occasion my visa application was rejected because they had updated the form on the embassy website. Summing up, the embassy has always been fast and on time, even when they refused me a visa.”

However, should you decide to apply for a long-term business visa, this list increases by one more position:

  • Documents that prove the necessity of multiple trips during the requested period, such as a copy of the cooperation agreement between the foreign entity and its partner organization in Belarus.

How much does a business visa to Belarus cost? Business visa fees vary depending on a country a foreign citizen comes from. For more details on visa types, documents and consular fee rates, check the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Knowing all this, it shouldn’t be a problem to receive your business visa on time. And if it still seems like a lot of work, you may wish to consider skipping the whole thing and flying to Belarus visa-free

Text by Alesia Ivankova