Going to Minsk for #JESC? Belarus announces VISA FREE visits for up to 30 days!


Earlier today, it was announced that Belarus will now allow tourists to stay in the country for up to 30 days without a visa – meaning anyone planning to go to Junior Eurovision in Minsk this year will no longer have to fill out paperwork before hand! That calls for a happy, celebratory song in Belarusian!

Belarus has recently been relaxing visa laws in hopes of attracting tourism to the country and this most recent decree replaces last year’s law that foreign nationals from certain countries could enter Belarus without a visa for a 5 day period, providing they arrived and left through Minsk National Airport.

Although you no longer need a visa, visitors still do need to meet certain criteria – so check out our list before you go!

  • A valid passport to travel on – obviously!
  • You need to be arriving and leaving through Minsk National Airport – so no crossing through land borders.
  • Enough money to support yourself during your stay – equal to 49 Belarusian rubles or €21 per day, or €525 for 30 days.
  • Medical insurance for at least €10,000 valid in the Republic of Belarus

These rules apply to citizens of most European and European Union nations. There are some additional rules for countries such as China, India and Lebanon that state they will also require a valid Shengen multi-entry visa and an onward ticket leaving Belarus.

To find out more information and to check if your country is part of this agreement, check out this helpful article HERE

What do you think? Will you consider going to Minsk for JESC now that the process just got a whole lot less complicated?

Let us know what you think!


Author: James Scanlan


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