Visas to Belarus

Canadian citizens can travel to 164 countries and territories visa-free or with visa on arrival.
Where visa-free access is permitted, such access is not necessarily a right, and admission is at the discretion of border enforcement officers. Visitors engaging in activities other than tourism, including unpaid work, may require a visa or work permit.

Information on visa-free travel via checkpoint «Minsk National Airport»
According to the Presidential Decree, effective from July 27, 2018, foreign citizens of 74 countries including CANADA can enter Belarus for up to 30 days and exit from the territory of Belarus only through the State border checkpoint of the Republic of Belarus “Minsk National Airport”.

The given order of visa-free movement through the airport does not extend to persons coming to Belarus by plane from the Russian Federation, as well as to those who intend to fly to the airports of the Russian Federation (such flights are considered as internal ones and do not have border control).

The term of visa-free stay is calculated in calendar days; the first day corresponds to the date of arrival, the last day coincides with the date of departure (regardless of the time of arrival and/or departure).

Visa-free regime does not extend to holders of diplomatic, service, special and other passports equivalent to them.

The trip is carried out for private, business, tourist or other purposes not related to employment, commercial activity and education, if the term of education exceeds 30 days.

To enter the Republic of Belarus in the visa-free regime via the checkpoint “Minsk National Airport”, foreign nationals should have the following documents:

— a valid ordinary passport. The passport must be valid at least 90 days beyond intended date of departure from the Republic of Belarus;

— financial means: amount equivalent to not less than 2 base rates (25 euro) for each day of stay or 50 base rates if the stay is full 30 days, in Belarusian rubles or foreign currency;

— a medical insurance policy with coverage for at least 10 000 euros, valid in Belarus during the whole duration of stay (the official translation of a foreign travel medical insurance on Russian or Belarusian language is required while submitting documents for registration in Belarus).


To apply for a Visa to the Republic of Belarus the following documents must be submitted:

  1. Passport

A valid original passport (“Permit for Reentry” or “Refugee Travel Document” are also acceptable). A passport should have at least two blank visa pages and should be valid for at least 90 days upon conclusion of your trip.

  1. Application form

The form must be filled out completely, no blank spaces must be left. If a question does not apply, please type “N/A”. If the answer is none, write “NONE”. Incomplete forms will be returned to the applicants UNPROCESSED.

The form should bear the original signature of applicant and must be well readable. Please, fill out in block letters.

  1. Photo

One passport size photo of the applicant which should be stapled to the marked space at the upper right-hand corner of the application form. Do not staple the face. Click here for more information on photo requirements.

  1. Travel medical insurance 

From July 1, 2014 the new procedure and conditions of the obligatory medical insurance of foreign citizens and stateless persons travelling to the Republic of Belarus and temporarily residing in the Republic of Belarus came into effect. Please check with us for details.

  1. Envelope

Applying by mail, you should enclose self-addressed pre-paid return envelope (preferably XPRESSPOST). To prevent the envelope loss make sure that the envelope you provide has a tracking number.

Mailing address of the Embassy is: 130 Albert street, Suite 600, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G4

  1. Payment

From January 1, 2010 visa processing fees must by paid in EURO by a bank draft or certified cheque.

A bank draft or certified check in EURO for visa processing payable to the Embassy of Belarus in Canada  and must have 2 signatures of authorized bank officers. We also do not accept bank drafts issued by HSBC bank.