A new adventure in September…and the first time I have had to actually get a tourist visa for a place I am visiting … Belarus.
Since I don’t have photos yet, I thought I would outline the steps for getting a visa to Belarus. It’s not complicated but it is time consuming…
The outline below is mostly for people living in the USA but the same steps apply internationally with only a few modifications..
The form must be completely filled out with no blank spaces must be left. If a question does not apply, type (or write) in “N/A”. If the answer is none, write “NONE”. Incomplete forms will be returned to the applicants UNPROCESSED.
One photograph of the applicant should be attached (stapled or pasted) to the marked space at the upper right-hand corner of the application form.
- taken within the last 6 months;
- in color;
- professionally printed in high quality on photo paper;
- 45 mm high by 35 mm wide;
- in sharp focus and clear;
- taken on plain, light and evenly lit background;
- taken in full-face view directly facing the camera;
- with a neutral facial expression and both eyes open;
- with no shadows, glare, noise or distortion on the image or background;
- sized such that the face takes 70–80% of the photograph;
- with no ink marks, tears or creases;
- must not be retouched.
If you are able to apply by mail, you should enclose a self-addressed and stamped return envelope showing yourself as both shipper and recipient. To prevent the envelope loss make sure that your envelope has a tracking number. (They don’t ship by Fed-Ex, by the way) If you live outside the USA, you actually have to apply in person at the Embassy or consulate.
A money order or a cashier’s check for visa processing payable to the Embassy of Belarus in the U.S. or Consulate General of Belarus in New York (depending on where you apply). They do not accept cash or personal checks. Outside the US, payment is made in cash, usually in the country of residences currency or Euros. In my case, it was Russian rubles…