How new visa free rules will make Belarus a country to visit in 2020
Failure to register correctly within the time limit results in significant fines and possible deportation with a possible 5-year re-entry ban from Belarus – not exactly a tourism-friendly policy.
In January 2019, Belarus introduced a new system where visa free visitors can register (for free) online their address in Belarus (limited to one address per trip) thus eliminating the need to go to an immigration office or make a payment at a bank.
There are currently 2 visa free regimes in force in Belarus.
Visa free regimes to enter Belarus:
1. Minsk International Airport
2. Brest & Grodno region
If you fly in and out of Minsk International Airport (from anywhere except Russia) then you have up to 30 days visa free entry and can travel around the whole of Belarus if you would like.
You do not need to prepare any documents in advance but do have to register your address in Belarus if you are not staying in a hotel or hostel within 5 working days (working days are that of the immigration office and not the country itself).
Update: October 2019 – The Belarusian have announced that the visa free regime for Minsk Airport will now be expanded to also cover regional airports in Belarus.
You can visit the cities of Brest and Grodno and their surrounding areas for up 15 days visa free by crossing the land border with Poland and Lithuania.
You will also need to register the address of where you are staying in Brest/Grodno region.
Please note that you cannot legally travel outside the Brest and Grodno regions to other parts of Belarus with this particular regime (unlike the Minsk airport regime).
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