October 23.Belarus is open for tourism but in order to keep its pandemic figures under control, the government and the Healthcare Ministry have released several biosecurity restrictions to protect their nationals as well as visitors.
This means that depending on the country you are visiting from you may need to take a 10-day quarantine upon arrival.
Since October 13, the government has instituted a mandatory 10-day quarantine for every traveler coming from the list of countries with high COVID-19 infection rates.
People who cannot prove through a document that their transit through high-risk countries lasted less than 24 hours must undergo quarantine as well.
All travelers from low-risk countries need to show proof of their health with negative COVID-19 test results. The test must have been taken in the previous 48 hours before your arrival and the results must be in Russian, Belarusian or English.
Every traveler must acquire health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment. They will be asked to obtain one during their visa process. And later, they will need to show proof of it when crossing the border.
Visitors who plan to stay for more than 5 days must register with the police department. Your hotel, hostel or any other lodging facility can take care of this for you. It is also possible to do it online through this link.
Do I have to purchase medical travel insurance to visit Belarus?
Yes. All visitors are requested to show proof of travel insurance for Belarus covering the length of their stay. The minimum covering value allowed is €10,000.
Tourists crossing the country on a transit visa
Diplomats and official delegations
Flight crew and rail staff
Other cases (as stipulated in international agreements or established on a reciprocal basis). For more information, please contact the Belarusian Embassy.
The visa-on-arrival program works ONLY if you enter the country through Minsk National Airport. Other ports of entry are not authorized to grant said visas.
You must have health insurance.
You must have a passport (from any country)
You must show proof of spending enough money to cover your expenses for the time you plan to stay.
Citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, India, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa need to have a visa to the United States or the Schengen area (and have visited those territories at least once). They will also have to show their departure ticket from Minsk National Airport.
If you are staying for more than 10 days you will have to register with the Police Department.
What is the COVID-19 situation in Belarus?
Belarus has been the only country in the region that did not impose any national lockdowns or closed its borders. Data show that that strategy has not worked as well as expected since the country has not been able to flatten the contagion curve.