Crossing Belarussian border
30-day Visa-free entry:
For citizens of 24 countries listed in the right column here, there is a visa-free entry as by plane as by any other transport.
For citizens of 74 more countries listed here, visa-free entry is available only if you travel to Belarus by plane and your plane flies to Minsk NOT from Russia.
1. passport valid at least 90 days beyond the intended date of departure.
2. financial means: at least 20 euro per day.
3. a medical insurance policy, see info here.
Travel from or by Russia:
If you travel from Russia or your flight makes a stop in Russia, there are three things you need to know:
You may need a visa to enter Russia, please check here.
Only citizens of Russia and Belarus can cross the border between Russia and Belarus by land, so, probably, your only option is to fly.
You will need a visa to enter Belarus if you are not on this list. The 30 day visa-free entry via Minsk airport is not available for you.
Getting Belarussian Visa
If you plan to enter Belarus not by plane, or you want to stay in Belarus longer than 30 days, you will need a visa.
To find out whether you need a visa please go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
You can check this list to find out whether there's a Belarusian embassy in your country.
Documents you will need to submit:
Passport (valid for 6 months after your visit to Minsk)
Copy of invitation. To get the invitation from us please fill in the form here. We assure you that all your details are confidential and will be used only for the invitation.
A completed visa application form (we will email this form with all info about inviting side together with invitation)
1 passport photo 35*45 mm
Medical insurance for the number of days you’ll stay in Minsk. (Those who will get visa at Minsk airport will be able to get it there.)
How long does it take to get a visa?
Successful applications will be processed within 5 working days of receiving the request.
Short-term visa (type C):
Single – €25;
Group single (5+ people) – €10 per person. The only disadvantage of the group visa is that you should cross the Belarusian border altogether - upon entering and leaving the country. It is very important! (the visa is stamped on 1 A4 document, not in every passport)
Visas processed at Minsk National Airport usually cost double the standard tariff.
More info about visas can be found here.
More info about getting visa in Minsk airport can be found here..
Medical insurance policy
Everyone except the citizens of the CIS countries is obliged to have a medical insurance policy with coverage for at least 10 000 euros, valid in Belarus during the whole duration of stay. It may be purchased at the airport upon arrival (before passport control), it costs a couple of euros.
List of countries whose citizens do not need insurance (in Russian).
Remember to register your visit
If you are planning to spend 5+ business days in Belarus you must register with the police indicating the address you are staying.
If you are staying in a hotel or hostel, the management of the above-mentioned facilities shall be responsible for the registration with the police.
You can also make your registration online on the website portal.gov.by without having to visit a local police office. This service is free of charge.
Reaching the Venue
How to get to Minsk
You can travel to Minsk by air, railroad, buses, and cars easily - there are many routes from the majority of European and CIS countries.
By plane directly to Minsk or via Vilnius
By plane to Minsk national airport
Majority of the participants will likely be arriving to Belarus by plane - when arriving at the Minsk National Airport from any EU country and a host of other countries, you do not need a visa to Belarus, if you also depart by plane and your trip is for no more than 30 days. The list of airlines performing flights to Minsk can be seen here.
By plane to Vilnius airport
Vilnius Airport is situated in 180 km from Minsk. Sometimes tickets to Vilnius are less expensive than to Minsk. Vilnius airport operates flight of Ryanair, Wizzair, Air Baltic, Scandinavian airlines, Brussels Airlines, Finnair, LOT, Ukraine International Airlines, among others.
From Vilnius airport to Minsk
- by train (you will need a visa)
The fastest option is to buy a train ticket. There are around 5 trains daily. The trip can take from 2,5 to 4,5 hours. The price is around 15-25 eur. To see the schedule and to buy tickets, go to the website rw.by/en. The tickets can be bought not earlier than 45 days before the trip. Lithuanian-Belarusian border control is held at the train station in Vilnius, so don’t forget to arrive at least 40 minutes before the departure. You will have to show your passport with a valid Belarusian visa there and the printed ticket. Belarusian border control will be held in the train.
- by bus (you will need a visa)
Also, you can take a bus from Vilnius to Minsk. It will take longer because of the border control (4,5-5 hours), the price is 15-20 eur.
From Vilnius airport to Vilnius train/bus station (they are next to one another) can be reached within 10-15 minutes by train or a bus/minibus for 1 eur.
By train directly to Minsk
There is a great international railway service in Belarus. You can arrive in Minsk from almost every big EU and CIS city. The Central Train Station is located in the very city center, metro Ploschad Lenina (Lenin Square, No115). Here you can see the schedule and buy a ticket rw.by/en.
By bus directly to Minsk
Getting from the Airport to the city
National Airport Minsk is situated in 42 km from the center of Minsk.
To get from the Airport to the city you can take:
a bus or a minibus, that will take you to the Central Bus/Train Station. The schedule can be found here;
order an official transfer service;
To call a taxi at the airport you can use free wi-fi. To access the Internet you will need to pass mandatory identification via SMS-request through the network of any mobile operator. You can use the Internet for 3 hours a day from one device.
From central train/bus station to IBB hotel
Taxi: should cost not more than 5 eur.
Metro: from Ploschad Lenina (No 115) station to Petrovschina station (No 111). The cost of one trip is about 0.25 euros. Tokens can be purchased at the Metro by cash or via bank card. The hotel is only 10 min walk from the metro.
Welcome to Minsk!
Minsk isn't the most advanced, wealthy or famous city but it's safer than Warsaw, cheaper than Kyiv, less crowded than Moscow and cleaner than most European capitals. Moreover, it has its own spirit and interesting history.
The city of Minsk is located in the middle of Belarus and is the Capital of the Republic of Belarus. For the first time, Minsk was mentioned in 1067. Almost completely rebuilt after destructive WWII, nowadays it occupies an area of 255.8 km2 and it has a resident population of around 2 million people. Wide streets, modern and old architectural ensembles, fountains, shady parks, and green boulevards well deserving the opinion of being one of the best cities of the former Soviet Union.
Foreign visitors are attracted to this city by its surprisingly clean, beautiful, calm, optimistic and hospitable atmosphere just to see with their own eyes life, history, culture and traditions of the Belarusian people.
There are 2 national languages in Belarus: Belarusian and Russian. The majority of people speak Russian. If you want to address someone and don’t speak Russian, you can do it in English, most young people will understand you.
Belarusian rubles. There are many exchange offices and booths in the city. You can exchange almost any currency to Belarussian rubles right at the airport or in the city. The difference in rates is very little, so don't worry.
Restaurants & Cafes
On working days they are open till 23:00-00.00, on weekends – some can work till 02.00 or 04.00. But not all restaurants serve food at night. Smoking is allowed on open terraces. In most restaurants, you can pay by card.
In the city - it is very easy, cheap and convenient to take metro. To get from IBB hotel to the city center takes only 5 stations: from Petrovschina (No111) to Kastrychnickaya (No 116). The cost of one trip is about 0.25 euros. Tokens can be purchased at the Metro by cash or via bank card. Metro is open every day from 05.30 to 01.00.
Click the metro map on a left to zoom in.
Useful phone numbers
Ambulance call: 103
Police call: 102
Larisa Geravker: +375 44 767 85 78
Dialing code in Belarus: +375