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Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« on: January 10, 2017, 01:13:59 AM »
This could be an interesting development...

http://president.gov.by/en/news_en/view/belarus-introduces-five-day-visa-free-regime-for-citizens-of-80-states-15344/


Interesting if correct.  :nod:

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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2017, 01:56:43 AM »
Oho, got all 'excited' - until I saw

1/ Applies to Minsk airport only

2/ NOT if routing via Minsk to / from  Russia... as they are considered domestic flights - so no border controls..

Not helpful for those VISA nationals seeking to transit to from / Russia :(

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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2017, 01:57:51 AM »
This could be an interesting development...

http://president.gov.by/en/news_en/view/belarus-introduces-five-day-visa-free-regime-for-citizens-of-80-states-15344/


Interesting if correct.  :nod:

It is indeed correct. We had the father-in-law on the blower yesterday, sharing the news. I thanked him for sharing but said it was a pity it was their turn to come to us!  :)


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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2017, 01:18:36 PM »
5 days is better than paying for a visa. But, I would prefer a 14 day visa. I could see more of the country.

:)

It didn't say anything about transit out. I wonder if you can leave out by train? Or, if you must leave out the same way you came in?

And I agree with Manny. There seem to be some loopholes - how do you prove 10,000 Euro insurance? In USA all we carry is an insurance card.

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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2017, 11:22:48 AM »
Insurance will probably be purchased at the airport on arrival. Chances are that external insurance will not suffice or will be very hard to demonstrate compliance with Belarusian requirements. €10,000 of cover is miniscule so my guess is that this will prove to be a form of entry tax.

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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2017, 06:10:48 PM »
The title is a bit deceiving. Unless you have a Russian passport.

How to travel from visa-free Belarus to Russia?

http://rbth.com/international/2017/01/12/how-to-travel-from-visa-free-belarus-to-russia_679541
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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2017, 09:07:57 PM »
The title is a bit deceiving. Unless you have a Russian passport.

How to travel from visa-free Belarus to Russia?

http://rbth.com/international/2017/01/12/how-to-travel-from-visa-free-belarus-to-russia_679541


Tom, the article says traveling from Belarus to Russia is only legal by air and with a Russian visa?  How is it illegal to cross into Russia from Belarus by train with a Belarusian and Russian visa?  Belarus even offers a 48 hour transit visa if traveling by train.  In the transit visa application you must note which country you are traveling from and to.  For example from Poland to Russia, would obviously warrant a transit through Belarusian territory.  Or from Ukraine to Lithuania. 

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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2017, 02:01:14 AM »
The title is a bit deceiving. Unless you have a Russian passport.

How to travel from visa-free Belarus to Russia?

http://rbth.com/international/2017/01/12/how-to-travel-from-visa-free-belarus-to-russia_679541


Tom, the article says traveling from Belarus to Russia is only legal by air and with a Russian visa?  How is it illegal to cross into Russia from Belarus by train with a Belarusian and Russian visa?

It isn't ..One arrivex by air - collecting the BL visa, then onward by overground transport...

Going back this way after five days would be difficult - unless getting another BL visa at Moscow

What is interesting is why 'Lukashouldgo' has done it.. ? Money?

Now entering Ru without a visa and being checked is much easier..

He may find that Moscow realises this and it will be quietly dropped - if it means increased border security with Ru..

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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2017, 06:17:00 PM »
Has anyone tried visa free travel to Belarus yet? I've been considering A possible stop in Minsk, should I decide to jump back into FSUW dating.


Visa-Free Travel And Registration In Belarus: Not So Simple

http://m.belarusdigest.com/story/visa-free-travel-and-registration-belarus-not-so-simple-28619
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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2017, 11:07:59 PM »
Has anyone tried visa free travel to Belarus yet? I've been considering A possible stop in Minsk, should I decide to jump back into FSUW dating.


Visa-Free Travel And Registration In Belarus: Not So Simple

http://m.belarusdigest.com/story/visa-free-travel-and-registration-belarus-not-so-simple-28619

The article's author can hardly be relied upon - if his info re UK 'registration' requirements are anything to go by. Completely false info.

I know of someone who used this system to visit BL last month to visit a lady - he will be going again - but next time with an invitation visa.










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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2017, 12:04:56 PM »
We had the pleasure of using the 5 day visa free window back in May this year. No problems at all and as Andrew suggested above, we did have to buy insurance at the airport. I recall it was about £5 per person or thereabouts.

My folks visited for the first time and absolutely loved Minsk. They plan on returning soon with some friends for a long weekend, rather than stomach the Euro capitals and all the crap that goes with it.

Great hotels, bars, restaurants, plenty to do and see all whilst being safe from terrorists and thieves. Your money also goes pretty far.

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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2017, 12:40:12 PM »
We had the pleasure of using the 5 day visa free window back in May this year. No problems at all and as Andrew suggested above, we did have to buy insurance at the airport. I recall it was about £5 per person or thereabouts.

My folks visited for the first time and absolutely loved Minsk. They plan on returning soon with some friends for a long weekend, rather than stomach the Euro capitals and all the crap that goes with it.

Great hotels, bars, restaurants, plenty to do and see all whilst being safe from terrorists and thieves. Your money also goes pretty far.
What's it like as from the recent videos I've seen it looks rather dead in Minsk, like there is noone there at all which is strange, unless the videos were taken at odd times during the day or is it really that empty?

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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2017, 02:45:01 AM »
I know what you mean.

Through the day like any city, it’s always really busy. In the evening, I’ve walked through the centre and it can feel quite quiet. That’s not a bad thing though and can make for a pleasant summer walk.

The centres nearly all newish buildings with wide roads, no litter and very clean. Most people working in the center will live in the suburbs so in the evening those on lower wages won’t be in the city unless they’re hanging out in the parks.

Don’t be fooled by the quiet appearance though. All the good bars, restaurants and music venues are always busy and booking ahead is advisable. Plenty girls too.

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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2017, 06:34:45 AM »
BY is trying to become a 'Las Vegas' ..

Note all the ads for Casinos - if you fly Belavia 

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Re: Belarus Becoming Visa Free For Many
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2017, 02:48:25 PM »
BY is trying to become a 'Las Vegas' ..

Note all the ads for Casinos - if you fly Belavia

Yea there’s quite a few but then there always was during the time I’ve been with my wife. You get lots of Turks flying in to gamble, drink & chase local tale.