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BREAKING: Registration For Foreigners In Belarus Will Be Extended To 10 Days

Foreigners in Belarus will be able to stay in the country without registration for up to 10 days instead of five.

The deputies adopted the first reading of a bill “On the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Republic of Belarus”.

According to the bill, foreigners will be allowed to stay in the country without registration for up to 10 days.

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To make the country more attractive to foreigners, the following amendments to the bill will be made:

  • Foreigners will be allowed not to register in Belarus for 10 days (now they must register if they come for more than 5 days);
  • A temporary residence permit can be issued for up to two years to highly skilled foreign workers;
  • One-time financial aid provided by the state to such an employee (about BYN 430), he/she will have to return with the early termination of the contract;
  • A permanent residence permit for such employees may be issued after four years.

When will it come in force?

The bill has to pass several stages. First, it should be approved in the second reading, then by the Council of the Republic and finally signed by the president.

At the moment a foreigner who comes to Belarus must register online or at the Citizenship and Migration Department within five business days.

Technically, registration is a stamp in your passport with check-in and check-out dates. Most hotels do it automatically, but if you are staying at a friend’s apartment or hostel you will have to register on your own.

The apartment host should accompany you to the local Migration Department to fill in the papers and get the stamp. As you travel around, the same rule applies to the new destination.

You must register within five business days after arriving in a new place in Belarus. If you move around fast, register once or twice and keep all your tickets until you are out of the country.

Besides, there are two important things to mind. 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. Also, the extension of registration can only be done through a personal application.

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