You can enter Belarus for up to a maximum of five days
You must enter and exit from the Republic of Belarus only through the border checkpoint controlled by the state at Minsk National Airport — meaning that you can only arrive via airplane at that airport
The visa-free entry does not apply to foreigners paying official visits to Belarus
Arrival and departure is not permitted for flights to and from the Russian Federation
You must have the following documents with you when entering Belarus:
A valid passport or similar official document for traveling abroad;
Financial means: at least 25 Euro — or equal amount in dollars or Belarusian rubles — for each day of stay; and
Medical insurance with coverage for at least 10,000 Euros which is valid within the territory of Belarus
I Tested the New Relaxed Visa Requirements of Belarus. Here is What Happened…
I booked a flight from Vilnius to Minsk via Belavia; and I booked a flight from Minsk to Warsaw on LOT Polish Airways. The total cost of the airplane tickets was approximately $120.00 — significantly more expensive than if I traveled by train or bus into and out of Minsk; but I am only eligible for the relaxed visa restrictions if I use the airport.
Aboard the airplane during the flight of 35 minutes, I filled out the immigration paper twice once it was handed to me by a member of the flight crew: one half was for arrival; while the other half was for departure.
After leaving the airplane operated by Belavia — I intend to post a trip report on that experience — I strolled across the tarmac and into the terminal building…
…but I was stopped by a member of the Belarusian military when I photographed the entrance to the terminal. “No photo”, he said.
I complied — but why would a photograph of a terminal building not be permitted?
Anyway, I eyed the open mandatory insurance counter on the left — the one on the right was closed — and waited for three people ahead of me to purchase their insurance before purchasing my own.
“How long will you be here?” the woman behind the counter asked me.
“I am leaving tomorrow,” I replied.
“Two euro or two dollar”, she said. There is a chart on the counter which lists how much the mandatory insurance cost based on how many days one is staying in Belarus.
I slipped her a two euro coin and she gave me my insurance rather quickly. That was easy and inexpensive.
I then proceeded to passport control. I might have waited five minutes at the most for the person in front of me to be processed until it was my turn.
“Hello,” we said to each other. The person behind the counter was friendly and dressed in full uniform. She asked about my reason for being in Belarus as well as a few other questions — such as whether or not this was my first time in Belarus; and how much money I was carrying with me.
The exchange may have taken all of five minutes — the most time consuming part was that she kept looking at me and at my passport for some reason — but she then welcomed me to Belarus; stamped my passport; and I proceeded forward through a translucent glass door.
On my way out, I was pulled aside for some extra screening. Confused as to why I was chosen, I complied. All they did was run my belongings through a scanner. One minute later, I was on my way again.
I initially wondered if there would be any problems; but the process was quite easy, painless and pleasant.
I have long asserted that if a country wants to increase tourism, it needs to relax its reciprocity fees or visa requirements — and Belarus is doing just that in what seems to be an effort to increase tourism. Chile did it — as well as Argentina as two examples. Let visitors and tourists spend that money on local businesses within the country instead — the government will still collect taxes through the businesses.