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Aquiring a Visa

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1. Posted by jlenigk17 (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

I'm planning a big trip and the country of Belarus came up and seems to be a place I want to go. I'm trying to get all my visas taken care of before I go. This particular country seems to be pretty hard to get a visa. So I guess I'm asking anyone out there if they know how to get a tourist visa for this country. I will be backpacking all over and do not plan to join a group or use a travel agency. Thanks

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Hi there - it's very straightforward. Just like getting a visa for any country, you should contact that country's embassy in your own country. Click here

Have a good trip.

Regards,
Michael

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I don't know where you'll be coming from, but there is a piece of information on the website Mikey mentions, that is not correct. Contrary to what is stated there, an 'invitation' is required for ALL travellers to Belarus, including those from the EU. Usually that would mean a voucher from an officially registered Belarussian tourist company.

4. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

I don't know where you'll be coming from, but there is a piece of information on the website Mikey mentions, that is not correct. Contrary to what is stated there, an 'invitation' is required for ALL travellers to Belarus, including those from the EU. Usually that would mean a voucher from an officially registered Belarussian tourist company.

Whoops! Thanks for pointing that out . . .

5. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

I've just checked the website of the Belarussian Embassy in the UK - benti's absolutely right - you will need to approach a travel agent.

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Assuming the original poster is an American citizen (as they list USA as their country in the profile), then they can check out this page: Belarussian Embassy in USA. Click on the CONSULAR SECTION tab, and there will be a link to VISA INFORMATION. For the invitation letter, they also have a handy link to tourist agencies you can use to get your invitation letter.

I got a visa for Belarus, but it was just a transit visa (good for 48 hours), so I didn't need the invitation letter (just the visa of the country I was going to - Russia). I did do the invitation letter thing for Russia, and other than the extra step of getting the letter, it isn't that big a hassle.

I'm a Canadian and I got my Visa in Paris, and had no issues at all.

7. Posted by jlenigk17 (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Thanks for all your help. I'm in the process of getting one right now. Who knew getting a visa could be this fun!!