Though the Soviet Union officially broke up in 1991, in many ways Belarus never left. The country’s economy is still primarily owned by the state, and while Belarus is technically a republic, the country has a reputation of being a place where political dissent is an activity that’s neither encouraged nor good for one’s health.
For all that, Belarus’ attractions beckon both city people and nature lovers alike. The cities thrive with excellent nightlife, and the natural parks are wild and impressive. Plus, there’s the Belarusian people themselves. Lonely Planet says that “while travelers will always be subject to curiosity, they’ll invariably also be on the receiving end of extremely warm hospitality” while in Belarus.
Before you can experience that hospitality for yourself, however, you’ll need a Belarus visa. Apply early, because you’ll need to have enough time to get your visa back before you travel. Belarus does not issue visas on arrival, so you’ll be out of luck if you don’t get yours ahead of time. Here are the documents you will need to apply:
- 1 Belarus visa application form
- 1 passport-sized photo of yourself
- If you are going on an organized tour, submit a letter from the tour company verifying your reservation with them and your itinerary.
- If you are traveling by yourself, you need a hotel reservation from an authorized Belarusian travel agency. The agency will give you an authorization number to write on the application form.
- If you are a former Soviet/Belarusian, you will also need to prove how you lost your Soviet/Belarusian citizenship. Generally, you can use the documents you used to get your US citizenship.
- Your US passport
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