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EU-Belarus Agreements of Visa Facilitation and Readmission enter into force on 1 July 2020

11/05/2016 - 14:51
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EU-Belarus Agreements of Visa Facilitation and Readmission, in force from 1 July 2020, represent an important milestone in the EU-Belarus relations. It will contribute to steady development of economic, humanitarian, cultural, scientific and other ties.

- What’s new for Belarus citizens traveling to the EU

The EU-Belarus Visa Facilitation Agreement makes it easier for Belarusian citizens to acquire visas* to come to the European Union.

  • For all citizens of Belarus, regardless of their travel purpose or type of passport, the visa fee has been reduced to €35;
  • the service (visa-centre) fee has been lowered to the maximum of €30;
  • as a rule, consulates take no more than 10 days to make a decision on a visa application;
  • expedited application processing is possible;
  • for some categories of travellers, such as business people, journalists, representatives of civil society organisations, members of official delegations, people traveling for medical reasons, and several others, the visa fee will be altogether waived, there are fewer documents requested as evidence for purpose of travel, and(or) they are eligible to multiple-entry visas of increasingly longer duration (up to 5 years);
  • holders of new biometric diplomatic passports are exempt from the visa obligation altogether.

*The agreement applies to short-term travel defined as an intended stay of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period.

The readmission agreement will help to ensure that persons residing illegally in the EU and in Belarus will be returned safely and in full respect of their rights.

 - What’s new for EU citizens traveling to Belarus**

- Longer maximum length of stay (up to 90 days in any 180-day period);\

- reduced visa fee* (35, down from up to €60 for multiple-entry visas);

- visa fee waivers, fewer supporting documents, visas with longer validity (up to 5 years) for some categories of travellers;

- holders of biometric diplomatic passports exempt from the visa obligation.

**Visa free travel to Belarus is possible under certain conditions. For more information, please visit the website of the Belarusian ministry of foreign affairs

- With which consulate should applicants lodge their visa application?

Applicants must lodge their application at the consulate of the country they intend to visit. Applicants planning to visit several Schengen states must apply at the consulate of the country where they will spend the longest period. Applicants planning on visiting several Schengen states for equal lengths of stay must apply at the consulate of the country whose external borders they will cross first when entering the Schengen area. In case the Schengen state of destination has no consulate in the country where the applicant resides, the applicant should check whether it is represented by another consulate.

- Useful Links:

EU Travel Information: Re-Open EU

Frequently asked questions about Schengen visas

Short-stay visa calculator

Documents in order to apply for a Schengen visa

Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus on the facilitation of the issuance of visas

Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus on the Readmission of Persons Residing without Authorisation

Visa Statistics

The EU Visa Code

The Schengen Borders Code

- Who can submit a Schengen visa application in Belarus?

All Belarusian nationals or nationals of another country ("third-country national") legally residing in Belarus. All third-country nationals who are legally staying but not residing in Belarus can also lodge an application if they provide justification for submitting the application in Belarus.

- Visa Issuing Schengen Country Consulates in Belarus:

- What to do if a Schengen country does not have a visa issuing embassy/consulate in Belarus?

If a Schengen country does not have an official visa issuing representation body in Belarus (i.e. embassy/consulate), the visa application has to be submitted at the embassy/consulate of the Schengen country representing the consular interests of the country of your destination.

Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Slovenia: A Schengen visa application for one of these countries may be submitted at the German Embassy.

Greece: A Schengen visa application for Greece may be submitted at the Greek Visa Application Centre in Minsk.

Denmark: A Schengen visa application for Denmark may be submitted at the Danish Visa Application Center in Minsk.

Iceland, Norway: A Schengen visa application for one of these countries may be submitted at the French Embassy.

Spain: A Schengen visa application for Spain may be submitted at the Spanish Visa Center in Minsk

Malta: A Schengen visa application for Malta may be submitted at the Italian Embassy.

Portugal: A Schengen visa application for Portugal may be submitted at the Slovak Embassy.

Finland, Sweden: A Schengen visa application for Finland or Sweden may be submitted at the Estonian Embassy.

Switzerland: A Schengen visa application for Switzerland may be submitted at the Hungarian Embassy.

- What happens if my application is submitted at a wrong embassy/consulate?

Once an application has been submitted, the embassy/consulate verifies, whether it is in its competence to examine the visa application. If the embassy/consulate is not in a position to process the application, it will, without any delay, return the application form to the applicant, reimburse the visa fee, and indicate at which embassy/consulate you should submit the application.

Embassy of the Austrian Republic

23, Belinskogo Str. (vulica Bialinskaha), Minsk 220113

Tel.  + 375 17 319 05 41

www.bmeia.gv.at/ru/oeb-minsk/

Consular and Visa Section (national visas):

119034, Moscow, 7 Bolshoi Levshinski per.
Tel (+7 495) 956 16 60
Fax (+7 495) 637 42 68

www.bmeia.gv.at/ru/botschaft/moskau.html

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria

220030, Minsk, 11 Svobody Sq., 1st Floor

Tel (+ 375 17) 328 65 58
Fax (+375 17) 328 65 59

www.bulgaria.by/rus/index.php

Embassy of the Republic of Hungary

220034, Minsk, 1B Platonova Street

Tel (+375 17) 233 91 68
Fax (375 17) 23391 69

Consular Section:

Tel (+375 17) 233 94 16
Fax (+375 17) 233 94 17
E-mail: visa.msk@kum.hu

www.mfa.gov.hu/kulkepviselet/BY/ru

Embassy of Hellenic Republic (Greece)

Moscow, 4 Leontevski per.
 
Tel (+7495) 290 14 46
Fax (+7495) 771 65 10

www.hellas.ru

Embassy of Ireland

Vilnuis, 1 Gedimino pr.

Tel (+370) 5 262 94 60
Fax (+370) 5 262 94 62

www.embassyofireland.lt

Embassy of the Italian Republic

220004, Minsk, 1B Rakovskaya Street

Tel (+375 17) 220 29 69
Fax (+375 17) 306 20 37

Consular Section:

Tel (+375 17) 220 20 01
Fax (+375 17) 306 23 45

www.ambminsk.esteri.it

Embassy of the Republic of Latvia

220013, Minsk, 6a Doroshevicha Street

Tel (+375 17) 211 30 33
Fax (+375 17) 284 73 34

Consular Section:

Tel (+375 17) 217 51 15
Fax (+375 17) 284 73 34

Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Moscow, 3 Khruschevski per.

Tel (+7495) 786 66 63

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

00-468 Warsaw, 10 Kawalerii Street

Tel (+4822) 559 12 00
Fax (+4822) 840 26 38

www.nlembassy.pl

Embassy of the Portuguese Republic

129010, Moscow, 1 Botanicheski per.

Tel (+7495) 981 34 10
Fax (+7495) 981 34 16

Consular Section:

Tel (+7495)  981 34 14
Fax (+7495) 981 34 15

Embassy of Romania

220035, Minsk, 4 Moskvina per.

Tel (+375 17) 203 80 97, (+375 17)203 77 26
Fax (+375 17) 211 21 63

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia

Moscow, 14-1 Malaya Dmitrovka Street

Tel (+7495) 209 02 30, (+7495) 209 08 15
Fax (+7495) 200 15 68

Consular Section:

Tel (+7495) 737 33 98

www.moscow.embassy.si

Embassy of the French Republic

220030, Minsk, 11 Svobody Sq

Tel (+375 17) 229 18 00
Fax (+375 17) 229 18 01

Consular Section:

Tel (+375 17) 229 18 04
Fax (+375 17) 229 18 01

www.ambafrance-by.org/

Embassy of the Republic of Estonia

220131, Minsk, 2nd per. Koltsova, 52

Tel (+375 17) 219 88 30
Fax (+375 17) 219 88 31 

Consular Section:

220030, Minsk, 21 Lenina Street
Tel (+375 17) 219 88 30

www.estemb.by

Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium

121069, Moscow, 7 Malaya Molchanovka Street

Tel (+7495) 780 03 31
Fax (+7495) 780 03 32

Visa Section:

Tel (+7495) 780 03 41(from 11.00 to 13.00)
Fax (+7495) 780 03 42
E-mail: moscow.visa@diplobel.fed.be

www.diplomatie.be/moscowru

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

220034, Minsk, 26 Zacharova Street

Tel (+375 17) 217 59 00
Fax (+375 17) 294 85 52

Consular Section:

Minsk, 11 D Gazety Pravda Av.
Tel (+375 17) 217 59 50
Fax (+375 17) 217 59 78

www.minsk.diplo.de

Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark

Moscow, 9 Prechistenski per.

Tel (+ 7495) 642 68 00
Fax (+7495) 775 01 91

Visa Section:

Tel (+ 7495) 642 68 01
Fax (+7495) 775 01 97
E-mail: mowamb@um.dk  

www.ambmoskva.um.dk/ru

Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain

121069, Moscow, 50/8 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street

Tel (+7495) 202 21 61, (+7495) 202 26 10
Fax (+7495) 291 91 71

Consular Section:

Tel (+7495) 958 24 07, (+7495) 958 24 19
Fax (+7495) 234 22 86

E-mail: consespmos@mail.mae

Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus

Moscow, 9 Povarskaya Street

Tel (+ 7495) 744 29 44
Fax (+7495) 744 29 45

Consular Section:

Tel (+ 7495) 744 29 34
Fax (+ 7495) 744 29 35
E-mail: MoscowConsulate@mfa.gov.cy

www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/embassies/moscowembassy.nsf/

Embassy of the Republic of Malta

117049, Moscow, 7-219 Korovii Val

Tel (+7495) 237 19 39, (+7495) 230 25 24
Fax (+7495) 237 21 58

Embassy of the Republic of Poland

220034, Minsk, 6 Rumiantseva Street

Tel (+375 17) 288 23 13, 288 21 14
Fax (+375 17) 233 97 50

Consular Section:

220002, Minsk, 91 A Kropotkina
Tel (+375 17) 284 99 80, 284 99 81
Fax (+375 17) 289 32 55
E-mail: minsk.wk.sekretariat@msz.gov.pl

www.minsk.polemb.net/

Embassy of the Slovak Republic

220030, Minsk, 6 Volodarskogo Street

Tel (+375 17) 285 29 99
Fax (+375 17) 283 68 48
E-mail: emb.minsk@mzv.sk

www.mzv.sk/minsk

Embassy of the Republic of Finland

LT-03107, Vilnuis, 24 K. Kalinausko Street, 2nd Floor

Tel +370-5-266 80 10
Fax +370-5-212 2441

www.finland.lt

Embassy of the Czech Republic

220030, Minsk, ½ Muzykalny per.

Tel (+375 17) 226 52 44
Fax (+375 17) 211 01 37

www.mzv.cz/minsk/be/

Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden

220030, Minsk, ½ B Muzykalny per.

Tel (+375 17) 226 55 40
Fax (+375 17) 226 55 43

www.swedenabroad.com/Start____66358.aspx

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