APPLY FOR A VISA TO BELARUS IN VILNIUS
Belarus is a lovely and very genuine country to ride in, and I don’t think you should miss out only because of visa reasons. If you fly into Belarus you’ll get a “visa on arrival” that’s valid for 5 days, but if you want to drive into the country you need to apply and get confirmed in advance. And it’s much easier than you might think! Here’s a small guide I’ve put together about how to apply from the embassy in Vilnius.
I was told that it’s only possible to get a visa for Belarus through a travel agency, but that’s just not true. At all. Do it yourself and save money for something more fun – like gas!
Please be aware that different nationalities might need different documents and that Belarus might have updated their rules after this was written. I have a Swedish passport.
NEW: It’s now possible to apply for a visa in Stockholm, Sweden. Belarus has opened a new embassy.
What you need:
What to do:
Passport with at least 2 empty pages and 6 valid months left.
A document with a stamp from your insurance company (tell them that you're applying for a visa, they know what you need).
Visa invitation with a stamp (book a hotel and contact them for an invitation, or if you have friends/family there they can get you one).
2 recent passport photos. In color.
Drop in at Consular Section during the opening hours, NOT the actual embassy building.
Adress: 41 Muitines Street
Open 8:30 – 12:30, mon. – fri.
Register and take a number outside of the building. They'll let you in when your number is called on a screen.
Go to the counter you've been given. Pay for the visa. Cash only.
Go to the next counter. Give them your documents and proof of payment.
The visa is ready within 5 working days and costs 60 Euro. Express visa is ready within 48 hours and costs 120 Euro.