If you stay in Belarus for five (5) or more business days
excluding weekends and Belarus public holidays then you will
need to register your visa. If you are transiting through
Belarus or staying less than five (5) working days then you
do not need to register your visa, though you will still
need to ensure you obtain a migration card as described
When you cross the border into Belarus, for example overland
by train from Poland or by air from London into Minsk, then
you will be given a migration card which you will
need to complete. The card is in two parts, part "A"
and "B" and both parts need to be completed (in
block capitals) before you go through passport control. Part
"A" of the card will be kept by passport control
on entry and part "B" is returned to you with an
entry stamp on it - do not lose this card, keep it with your
passport at all times.
Mandatory government insurance is sold at Minsk international
airport upon your arrival and this is required for your
registration. If you travel to Belarus overland, for example
by train or car, it is your responsibility to obtain the
insurance in the city where you are staying before you go to
get your visa registered. The two Belarus companies that
offer insurance to foreign visitors are Belgosstrah
(БЕЛГОССТРАХ) and Beleximgarant (БЕЛЭКСИМГАРАНТ), both of
which are owned by the state.
If you are staying at a hotel, the hotel will register your
visa for the duration of your stay at the hotel during the
check-in process by placing the hotel registration stamp on
part "B" of the migration card.
If you are staying at a private apartment or house then you
need to be registered at the Passport and Visa Department in
the town, city or district where you are staying. Your
landlord or host will need to go with you and you will need
to present your passport, part "B" of your
migration card, proof of insurance and pay the registration
fee of £4.00 (in Belarusian Roubles). The Passport and
Visa Department registration stamp will go on part "B"
of the migration card.
When you leave Belarus you need to present passport control
with part "B" of your migration card containing
your entry stamp, and, if required your registration
stamp(s) from the hotel or OVIR.
If you have failed to register your visa correctly or lost
your migration card, then you may have problems with
passport control when leaving Belarus including fines of
several hundred US dollars.