Belarus, still somewhat stuck in Soviet times, is still not a frequent tourist destination. However, travel basics for this country are not much different from Russia Travel Basics; the "hassles" of getting visas and registering might even be easier in some cases.
Visas for Belarus TravelAs in Russia, it is best to apply for a visa well in advance of your trip. Citizens of Canada, the UK, and other countries do not need an official invitation, but US citizens do--reservations at hotels, invitations from businessesor individuals, as well as invitations from travel agencies will suffice. Tourist visas are good for 30 days, but may not be extended.
Registration in BelarusMuch like in Russia, registration is required upon arrival. Hotels will do this by stamping pieces of paper that you must keep with your passport. You may also go to passport and visa deparments if you are staying with an individual. Refrain from mislplacing this information; it may be checked by passport control when you leave the country.
Transit Visas for Traveling through BelarusTransit visas are required if you plan to go through Belarus to get to your country of destination. While the border control between Russia and Belarus is fairly lax, you will still need a visa for Belarus if you plan to go there - hotels will not book you if you do not possess the appropriate visa.
Insurance and Vaccination Requirements for Belarus TravelAll travelers to Belarus are required to have medical insurance.
Do Get/Update These Shots:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Tickborne Encephalitis (if you plan on hiking or camping, and if your country of residence offers it)