Belarus


About

Belarus is a country in Eastern Europe and its official name is the Republic of Belarus. It became independent on August 25th, 1991. About nine million people live there. Minsk is the capital of Belarus. it had been a part of the Soviet Union until 1991. it's bordered by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. More than40% of its 207,600 square kilometers (80,200 sq. mi) is forested. Above 80% of its population lives in urban areas. Belarus has two official languages: Belarussian, and Russian.

Belarus is landlocked and mostly flat. It has a lot of marshy lands. More than 10,000 lakes are found in Belarus. There are three major rivers in Belarus i.e. the Neman, the Pripyat, the Dnieper. Belarus has a humid continental climate. It has warm to hot summers and cold winters. Belarus has some natural resources like peat or tuff deposit, less amount of oil and natural gas, granite, limestone, chalk, clay, and gravel.


Country Overview

Capital

Minsk

Official Language

Belarusian, Russian

English Speaking Population

More than 25%

Currency

Belarusian ruble (BYR)

Minimum Temperature

-22-degree Celsius

Maximum Temperature

22.8 degree Celsius

Population

About 9.5 million

Calling Code

+375

Time Difference

India is 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Belarus

Driving Side

Right


                   


Geography and Climate

Belarus lies between latitudes 51° and 57° N, and longitudes 23° and 33° E. Its extension from north to south is 560 km (350 miles), and from west to east is 650 km (400 miles). it's landlocked, relatively flat, and contains large tracts of marshy land. About 40% of Belarus is covered by forests.

Around 11,000 lakes are found in Belarus. Three major rivers run in the country are the Neman, the Pripyat, and the Dnieper. The Neman flows westward towards the Baltic and therefore the Pripyat flows eastward to the Dnieper, and the Dnieper flows southward towards the Black Sea.

The climate of Belarus features mild to cold winters, with an average temperature of January starts from minimum −4 °C (24.8 °F) in southwest (Brest) to −8 °C (17.6 °F) in northeast (Vitebsk), and the country has cool and moist summers with a mean temperature of 18 °C (64.4 °F). Belarus has a mean annual rainfall of 550 to 700 mm (21.7 to 27.6 in). The country is within the transitional zone between maritime climates and continental climates.

Belarus has borders with five countries Latvia toward the north, Lithuania toward the northwest, Poland toward the west, Russia toward the north and the east, and Ukraine toward the south. Treaties in 1995 and 1996 delineated Belarus' borders with Latvia and Lithuania, in 2009, Belarus ratified a 1997 treaty which established the Belarus-Ukraine border. In February 2007, Belarus and Lithuania ratified final border demarcation documents.


The average temperature of the six largest cities in Belarus (Max. and Min.)

Location

July (Celsius)

July (Fahrenheit)

January (Celsius)

January (Fahrenheit)

Minsk

23/14

74/57

-2/-6

28/20

Vitebsk

23/13

74/56

-3/-7

26/18

Grodno

24/12

75/55

-1/-6

30/21

Gomel

25/15

77/58

-2/-7

28/19

Brest

25/14

83/61

0/-5

31/23

Mogilev

23/12

74/55

-1/-6

30/21


National Parks in Belarus

There are four National Parks in Belarus. These National Parks are located in four different regions in Belarus. The National Parks are an enormous part of the country's identity. The people of Belarus are particularly pleased with their country's national parks. Believezhskaya Pushcha park was listed on the planet Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1992. Later, the Council of Europe stated that the park was one of the foremost conservation-conscious areas. Many animals are often found in these parks, i.e., red deer, boar, and elk.

All Four National Parks in Belarus with the year of establishment, land area, and location: - 

Name

Location

Land Area

Establishment

Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park

Brest Region and Grodno Region

1,500.69 km2 (579.42 sq mi)

1991

Prypyatski National Park

Gomel Region

858.41 km2 (331.43 sq mi)

1996

Narachanski National Park

Grodno Region, Minsk Region and Vitebsk Region

1,178.00 km2 (454.83 sq mi)

1999

Braslau Lakes National Park

Vitebsk Region

691.15 km2 (266.85 sq mi)

1995


            

Culture of Belarus

  1. Traditional Dress: - The traditional dress of Belarus is from the Kievan Rus' period. Due to the cool climate, clothes were made to keep the body warm and were usually made from wool or flax.
  2. Cuisine: - Cuisine of Belarus is mainly vegetables, meat, and bread. Foods are usually stewed or either slow-cooked. Popular drinks in Belarus are Russian wheat Vodka and Kvass (It is a fermented beverage made from regular or black rye bread).
  3. World Heritage Site in Belarus: - There are four world Heritage Site in Belarus: Mir Castle Complex, Nesvizh Castle, Belovezhskayapuscha, Struve Geodetic Arc.
  4. Fine Art in Belarus: -Fine art in Belarus varies in genre, direction, and style. The foremost captivating work by Belarus artists in several periods are often seen in museums across the country.
    The largest collection of works of art are within the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, which actively promotes national art. local artists regularly held their exhibition here. Some of the other famous and important museums across the country are the Vitebsk Art Museum, the Polotsk gallery, and the Mogilev Regional Art Museum.

5.       Music in Belarus: -People in Belarus can play a minimum of one instrument, and music within the country today boasts a mix of style and influences. Classical music is still very popular in Belarus and people of Belarus likes it very much. Some of the popular music bands in Belarus are Presidential Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, Syabry band, Pesnyary band, National Concert Orchestra of Belarus led by Mikhail Feinberg, State Academic Symphony Orchestra etc. Modern pop music is gaining popularity in Belarus. Music festivals of Belarus are also very popular. The international arts festival Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk has become the symbol of the festival movement of Belarus.

            

Food in Belarus

Food in Belarus has evolved over the centuries. Belarusian traditional dishes represent a mixture of simple recipes used by the common people and sophisticated cuisine of the nobility, and in depth use of local ingredients and unusual way of cooking. Belarusian restaurants that are serving their traditional food offer not only a peasant the cuisine of the Belarusian countryside but also elaborate dishes served to Belarusian top people.

Diet of Belarusian people includes many traditional dishes. Some of the most popular dishes are homemade sausages, draniki (thick potato pancakes), pork stew (machanka) and vereshchaka, kolduny, kletski (dumplings), babka (baked grated potato pie), cold sorrel soup, mushroom soup, etc.

Therefore, the Belarusian Food is one among the foremost diverse within the continent. It is almost like the Russian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish, but is unique in its own way, and it is very hearty and delicious.

In the making of Belarusian food, people use local products which are easily available like: -

·         vegetables and greens (cabbages, turnips, beets, carrots, parsnips, pumpkins, potatoes, cucumbers, onions and garlic, sorrel, nettle, quinoa, orpine roots).

·         pulses (beans, peas, lentils, kidney beans).

·         grains (rye, barley, oats, buckwheat).

·         mushrooms (pickled, dried, powdered).

·         fruit and berries (apples, pears, plums, cherries, currants, blackberries, blueberries, red bilberries, raspberries, ash berries, high cranberries, canker berries).

·         spices and dressings (caraway, coriander, linseed, horseradish, calamus, mustard, juniper, cherry, and oak leaves).

For years, People of Belarus consumed a limited amount of non-vegetarian food. Non-veg. food usually served on festive occasions in the form of sundried and salty products. With time, they expanded their consumption of Meat. The most frequently used meat in the country are: -

1.       Pork

2.       Beef

3.       Mutton

4.       Poultry (Chicken, Duck, goose, Turkey)

5.       Game (elk, roe, boar, beaver)

Some of the common dairy products included curd cheese (made of cow and goat milk), sour cream, and butter. Milk is a frequently used ingredient in many Belarusian recipes, including all kinds of soups, mokanka, porridges.

In modern, Belarusian cuisine is having a wide range. It has revived their old traditional recipes. Meanwhile, dishes from other countries are getting increasingly popular, too. In present days, the restaurant offers traditional Belarusian dishes which reflect the original idea of chefs, which takes into consideration the range of products and seasonal changes.

You will surely appreciate such tasty dishes as: -

1.       Marinated white mushrooms with vegetable oil, hot potatoes, pieces of toasted wheat bread and leek.

2.       Cutlets from buckwheat and chopped meat (grechaniki) with sour cream and leek sauce.

3.       Zhur with eggs, smoked meat, and sour cream.

4.       Meat sauce (vereshchaka) with buckwheat pancakes.

5.       Draniki with apple and sour-cream sauce.

6.       Bigos (a dish from sour cabbage) with smoked meat, mushrooms, and prunes.

At present times, Belarusian restaurants feature the Belarusian dishes, Asian dishes, Indian dishes, European dishes. But if you're in Belarus, you want to taste the national cuisine, the dishes which will be “Belarusian” only in Belarus.
You will see how tasty, interesting, the Belarusian cuisine is!

                

Desserts in Belarus

Honey has been the major dessert in Belarus. Solodukha (malt dough), Kulaga (a thick beverage made up of berries, flour, sugar, and honey), and baked apples also were popular.
Some recipes that are famous in Belarus include pears a la Radziwillandsweet pancakes with cottage cheese gravy.

Some of the most popular desserts at the present times are: -

·         Ice-cream, whipped cream

·         Cakes

·         fruits and berries (apples, pears, bilberry, cranberry, strawberry)

Sports in Belarus

Physical education and competitive sport have been a priority for Belarus for a time, it reflected in its world-class training facilities, international sporting achievements, and a healthy lifestyle among its residents.

The huge number of big international tournaments and leagues held in Belarus increases every year. Belarus hosted 30 of them in 2015, 67 in 2016, and above 80 in 2017. The biggest of them included the 2014 IIHF World Championship, in 2015 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships, the aerials, and rhythmic gymnastics world cups, and therefore the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Cup.

Sports Facilities in Belarus

The Government of Belarus is trying to make sports accessible in whole Belarus. Belarus has excellent sports facilities in pre-schools, schools, and higher education (University and Colleges).

These are some sports facilities in Belarus are: -

·         136 stadiums

·         52 sports centers

·         327 swimming pools (a total of 958 with mini swimming pools)

·         4,510 gyms

·         35 ice rinks

For Professional athletes, Belarus is having a wide range of world-class sports centers, stadiums, etc. which often host big international tournaments and leagues. Some of the famous sports centers and stadiums in Belarus are: -

1.       Multi-purpose sports and entertainment center Minsk Arena (the fourth biggest sports arena in Europe)

2.       Multi-purpose cultural, sports and entertainment center Chizhovka Arena

3.       Uruchye sports center

4.       Sports training center Freestyle with a sports and recreation complex

5.       Stayki National Olympic Center

6.       National Olympic Equestrian Sports and Horse Breeding in Ratomka

7.       Rowing canals in Brest and Zaslavl

8.       Logoisk ski resort

Popular Sports in Belarus

More than 2 million Belarusian, over 22% of the total population of Belarus does sports regularly. The government of Belarus supports the development of more than 130 sports in the country. Some of the famous sports in Belarus are: -

·         Track and field athletics

·         Football

·         Gymnastics

·         ice hockey

·         Tennis

·         Volleyball

·         Handball

·         Swimming

·         Chess and Checkers

Some of the famous sports personality of Belarus: -

·         Victoria Azarenka in Tennis, she became the first Belarusian to win a Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open in 2012.

·          Maryna Arzamasava in Running, who won the gold medal in the 800m at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics.

·         Andrei Arlovski, who was born in Babruysk, Byelorussian SSR is a current UFC fighter and the former UFC world heavyweight champion.

                


Demographics of Belarus

The Population of Belarus is around 10 million. Around 85% of the total population are Ethnic Belarusian. Some of the other largest ethnic groups in the country are Russians (8.3%), Poles (3.1%), and Ukrainians (1.7%). Minsk is the largest city and the Capital of Belarus with a population of about 2 million people, Gomel is the second-largest city with a total population of 500,000.

Some of the other large cities are Vitebsk with a total population of around 400,000 people, Hrodna with the total population of around 350,000 people, Brest with a total population of around 300,000 people.

                

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Belarus is low compared to other European countries. Students can expect it between 7K to 15K INR. Transport cost in Belarus is a little high compared to India. The food here is quite cheaper than in other European countries. However, the cost of living also depends on the lifestyle of an individual.

Differences in Prices

1.       Restaurant food in Belarus are 100% higher than in India.

2.       Grocery Price in Belarus is 10% higher than India.

3.       Clothing and shoes prices are 50% higher than in India.

4.       Transportation cost is about 25% higher than in India.

        

Transport in Belarus

Belarus is a country having a well-developed transportation system. You can travel to Belarus in many ways like: -

·         Railway Transport

·         Air Transport

·         Automobile Transport

·         Water Transport

Railway Transport

Travel from Railroad is one of the most comfortable and convenient option. With the help of Railway transport, you can travel more than 2,100 destinations in Belarus.

Belarusian Railways offers a simple format of passenger transportation: -

1.       Urban lines – within limits of Minsk or an oblast capital and up to stations in satellite towns.

2.       Regional lines – within limits of an oblast or up to the nearest oblast subordination city in a neighboring region.

3.       Interregional lines – It spread between Minsk and oblast capitals, between oblast capitals.

4.       International lines – It connects Belarus and other countries.

There are 20 major railway stations in Belarus with well-developed infrastructure and services for passengers. You can also get great service at stations in towns and cities.


Air Transport

Belarus is not a very big country, therefore there are not any regular domestic air flights. The National Airport Minsk welcomes international flights that connect the Belarusian capital with many countries across the world.

Some of the famous public airports in Belarus: -

Airport Name

City

Brest Airport

Brest

Gomel Airport

Gomel

Hrodna Airport

Hrodna

Minsk National Airport

Minsk

Mogilev Airport

Mogilev

Polotsk Airport

Polatsk

Vitebsk Vostochny Airport

Vitebsk


 

Water Transport

There are 10 river ports in Belarus and waterways are open on the rivers Dnepr, Berezina, Sozh, Zapadnaya Dvina, Pripyat, Mukhavets, Neman, and the Dnepr-Bug canal. However, the passenger transportation by water is very low. During the warm season the water sightseeing like (boat trip, sea trip, sailing) are very popular in Belarusian people. Travels on motor ships are arranged in: -

·         Vitebsk (Zapadnaya Dvina)

·         Brest (Mukhavets)

·         Gomel (Sozh)

·         Grodno (Neman, Augustow Canal)

·         Mogilev (Dnepr)

·         Bobruisk (Berezina)

·         Pinsk (Pripyat)

·         Mozyr (Pripyat)

·         The national park Pripyatsky

·         Zaslavl reservoir (Minsk Sea)

·         The national park Narochansky (Naroch Lake)

·         Vygonoshchanskoye Lake

    

Automobile Transport

There are buses and minibusses that are also available in Belarus for transportation. These buses are very comfortable, convenient, and budget-friendly. There are bus stops and bus stations all-overs the cities and towns of Belarus where you can go and buy the tickets for traveling through these buses. Moreover, some other private bus companies are also operating in the country, you can also travel by private buses.


Safety Measurements

Here are a number of the fact to check the safety measures of Belarus for Indian Students: -

·         Belarus is the 10th SAFEST Country in the World.

·         The safety standards are often best understood by the very fact that you simply can go out alone at 2 am in any city of Belarus.

·         It is a wise decision to take your enrolment credentials and your student visa while going out of the campus. A xerox of the passport, visa and registration papers is a must.

Crime Index

According to the below Statistics, these points have scaled in between 0 to 120.

Crime Level

20

Crime increasing in Last 5 years

40

Corruption and Bribe

52

Crime on the basis of Skin color, Ethnic region, Religion, Gender

10

Violent Crime

15

People Using Drug

25

Crime such as Vandalism

15

 

    

Belarus Official Holidays

Some official holidays of Belarus, festivals and other significant days celebrated in the country.

Date

Occasion

15th March

Constitution Day

2nd April

Union Day of Belarus

2nd Sunday in May

Day of the National Emblem and Flag of Belarus

 

9th May

Victory Day

 

National Holidays in Belarus when all the offices will be closed.

Date

Occasion

1st January

New Year

7th January

Orthodox Christmas

8th March

Women’s Day

9th day after Orthodox Easter

Radonitsa

1st May

Labour Day

9th May

Victory Day

3rd July

Independence Day

7th November

October Revolution Day

25th December

Catholic Christmas

 

Emergency Numbers

Some of the emergency numbers in Belarus: -

1.       Police: 102

2.       Ambulance: 103

3.       Rescue and Fire: 101

4.       Gas Leak: 104

Education in Belarus

The Republic of Belarus is developing its an education system with the global trends, meeting the specifications of the innovation-driven economy and it is a major source for the guidance of highly skilled specialists.

There are 51 higher institutions of higher education within the Republic of Belarus, 42 of them are state and 9 are private, special education is provided by 215 state and 12 private establishments.

Higher education institutions in Belarus provide high-quality training of specialists of the 1st and 2nd levels of higher education, training specialists of higher qualification (postgraduate, doctoral studies), perform research, produce innovative high-tech products.

In May 2015, Belarus officially joined the Bologna Process, the educational opportunities for foreign students has increased. Clean environment, Affordable prices for education, stable situation in the country, eventful cultural life, as well as it's beneficial geographical location in Europe makes education attractive in Belarus.

The student from Belarusian educational institution has an excellent opportunity to study within a wide range of specialties, also on be engaged in scientific research projects. Training of specialists with higher education within the Republic of Belarus is performed within 15 profiles of education, including 384 specialties. The structure of specialties is consistently improving: there are new disciplines within the field of technologies, atomic energy, robot technics, space exploration, etc. There are modern methods and technologies are using in Belarusian educational institutions for training in various specialties.

The education from Belarus is highly valued within the world, and therefore the graduates are working in successful international companies, corporations, and government organizations, also as continue to hold on in research activities.

Relations with India

The co-operation between The Republic of Belarus and The Republic of India in the field of education is created by the agreement between the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Republic of India.

For the needs of practical implementation of the Agreement and of monitoring the bilateral cooperation between the Belarusian-Indian joint working group in the field of education was established.

In the academic year 2014-2015, around 150 Indians went to Belarus for studying in the Belarusian universities, In the year 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, the count of Indians become increase and it became 233 and 356 respectively. The direct contact between the Belarusian Universities and Indian agencies are increasing day by day.

    

Cultural Cooperation Between India and Belarus

The cooperation between The Republic of Belarus and The Republic of India in the field of culture, arts, education, Mass Media, Tourism, and Sports id created by the agreement which was signed on 14, May 1993.

In 2013 October, the program of cooperation was signed between the government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Republic of India in the Field of Culture, Arts and Education for 2014-2016 was signed.

In August 2014 Days of Culture of India in Belarus were organized. In January 2017 Days of Belarus Culture in India were held.

India and Belarus regularly exchange their musical and artistic groups, and mutually participate in film festivals.

Foreign Students in Belarus

Belarus has one among the very best student-to-population ratios in Europe. the higher education system in Belarus is seen as reputed because of its top quality and affordability. The duration of most of the courses is 4-6 years. Aspiring students can choose one among several sorts of learning. They can study during the day time or they can study in the evening, in-class or by distance education. More than 7000 foreign students are studying at higher education institutions and in Belarusian Universities every year.

Indian Community in Belarus

People of the Indian community in Belarus are quite limited. There are only 78 Indian national living in Belarus. This includes representatives of Indian pharmaceutical companies, businessmen and other Indians. Moreover, currently, more than 700 Indian students are studying in four medical universities in Belarus.

Despite the smaller number of Indians in Belarus, there are a huge number of devotees following various Indian spiritual-religious group. The “Hare Krishna” temple (located in a house) in Minsk has nearly 3,000 members.  “Art of Living” is practiced by over 500 people.

Top Universities to study in Belarus

Some of the Top Universities which we recommend to study are: -

·         Belarusian State Medical University

·         Belarusian State University

·         Vitebsk State Medical University

·         Grodno State Medical University

·         Gomel State Medical University

Best Cities to Study in Belarus

There are four cities in Belarus to study for International/Foreign Students.

Minsk: -Minsk is the capital of Belarus and it is the largest city in the country. Minsk is probably going to be top of your list of potential destinations if you would like to study in Belarus. Around 3.2 million people are residing in the metropolitan areas of Minsk and it is also the major industrial center of the country. There are 16 museums, 139 libraries, 11 theaters in the city. You can go and watch these places in your free time. Moreover, it has a breath-taking view of the cityscape.

On top of all, Minsk is an education hub as it has four entries in the latest QS EECA University Rankings, including the Belarusian State University (BSU), Belarusian State Medical University which comes in the top 50.

Grodno: -Grodno, also referred to as Hrodna, it is the capital of the Grodno region in north-western Belarus. Grodno is the fifth-largest city of the country; it has a population of around 365,610 people. Grodno is one of Belarus’ best-preserved medieval cities, retaining more historical monuments and sights than other cities, including the Kalozha Church.

Grodno is also known for its medical university, Grodno State Medical University, which attracts many students both Belarus as well as from across the globe.

Gomel: -Gomel is also referred to as the Homyel, it has a population of more than 500,000 residents and it is located in the south-east part of Belarus. It is the second-largest city in the country. Gomel has universities like Gomel State Medical University, and it is the youngest of Belarus’ four medical universities.

Vitebsk: -Vitebsk is also referred to as the Viciebsk, it has a population of more than 400,000 residents, and it is the capital of the Vitebsk region. It is the fourth largest city in the country. The city has one of the oldest buildings in the country named the Annunciation Church and It is one of many centers of attraction of the city.

Vitebsk has universities like Vitebsk State Medical University, which is very popular for study in the students of Belarus and the students who come to study in Belarus from across the world.

National Library of Belarus

The National Library of Belarus is the biggest library in the Republic of Belarus. The library is located in the Minsk region in the capital of Belarus. It has the largest collection of Belarusian printed materials and the third largest collection of books in Russian behind the Russian State Library (Moscow) and the Russian National Library (Saint Petersburg).

The library's main architectural component has the shape of a rhombicuboctahedron. The building has 23 floors. The National Library having a seating capacity of 2,000 people at a time and the library has a conference hall with a seating capacity of 500 people at a time. The library's new building was designed by architects Mihail Vinogradov and Viktor Kramarenko and it was opened on 16 June 2006. The National Library of Belarus started to create its own electronic information resources in 1993. It has a collection of bibliographic, factual graphic, full-text, graphic, sound and language databases that comprise more than 2 million records. Every day the library is visited by above 2,200 people. The library delivers about 12,000 documents daily.

Here is the address of the National Library of Belarus: - 220114, Niezaležnasci Ave. 116, Minsk, Belarus.

            

Embassy of India in Belarus

Students have to register themselves with the embassy of India after reaching in Belarus. It is a very important process for any individual who is going to study or working in Belarus as it is very helpful for the individual in any case of emergency. It is located in Minsk.

Embassy of India Minsk, Belarus

Address: - vulicaSobinava 63, Minsk, Belarus

The Ministry of External Affairs, The government of India has launched a helpline portal named “MADAD”. The MADAD a portal has recently started a Students’ Registration Module wherein Indian students who are studying abroad can register themselves. A student registration module is available on MADAD portal at http://www.madad.gov.in/AppConsular/welcomeLink

All Indian students in Belarus are kindly requested to register themselves on the “MADAD” portal at the earliest. The following officers may be contacted any time in case of any problems faced by Indian students studying in Belarus.

Name:- Mr. Umesh Chander
Designation: - Second Secretary(Edu & Culture)
Mobile :  +375 29 1011730 

Name: - Mr. Abhishek
Designation: - ASO (Consular)
Mobile : +375 44 5115137
E-mail: cons.minsk@mea.gov.inamb.minsk@mea.gov.in

Details of Embassy Officials

Name

Contact Details

Ms. Sangeeta Bahadur, Ambassador

amb.minsk@mea.gov.in

+375-17-3581413

Mr. Vishav Pal
Second Secretary (Pol./Cons./Comm.) & HOC

hoc.minsk@mea.gov.in;
com.minsk@mea.gov.in;

+375-17-3581413

Mr. Aagesh Sharma
Assistant Attache (Accounts)

admin.minsk@mea.gov.in

+375-17-2375076

Mr. Abhishek
Assistant Attache (Admin & Consular)

cons.minsk@mea.gov.in

+375-17-2725076

Deepa Yadav
PA to Ambassador

amb.minsk@mea.gov.in

+375-17-2725076

Mr. Om Parkash
Assistant Attache (Establishment)

admin.minsk@mea.gov.in

+375-17-2725076

Vivek Rathee,
Steno to HOC

hoc.minsk@mea.gov.in

+375-17-2725076

Ms. Kirti Chordia
Teacher of Indian Culture

tic_minsk@mail.belpak.by

+375-17-2725076

 

Some other details related to Embassy: -

·         Working Hour: - 09.00-17.30 hrs (Monday to Friday)

·         Lunch Break: - Between 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

·         Visa applications accepted: - Monday to Friday (09:30 AM to 12:00 AM)

·         Visa Information on Phone: - Monday to Friday (3:00 PM to 4:00)

List of Holidays on which Embassy will be closed: -

HOLIDAY

DATE

New Year’s Day

01 January

Christmas (Orthodox) 

07 January

Republic Day

26 January

Maha Shivaratri

21 February

Mahavir Jayanti

06 April

Good Friday

10 April

Radaunitsa (local)

28 April

Labour Day 

01 May

Independence Day (Belarus)

03 July

Id-ul-Zuha (Bakri Eid)

01 August

Independence Day (India)

15 August

Janmashtami 

12 August

Muharram

30 August

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

02 October

Dussehra

25 October

Diwali                                 

14 November

Christmas Day

25 December

 

Tourist Visa

To apply for an entry visa, the following visa support documents, confirming the purpose of the visit and travel conditions are required:

transit visa (type B) with the right of single, double or multiple transits through the territory of the Republic of Belarus within 2 days;

short-term visa (type C), valid up to 90 days with the right of single, double or multiple entry and the right to stay for up to 90 days:

•    for the purpose of business, for participation in sport or cultural events
•    for tourism
•    for private purposes
•    to study
•    for employment
•    for religious reasons
•    for the implementation of humanitarian programs
•    for visiting the burial places
•    for journalistic activity
•    for permanent residence;

long-term visa (type D), valid up to 1 year with the right to stay for up to 90 days (?), unless otherwise stipulated by international agreements of the Republic of Belarus.

•    for the purpose of business
•    for participation in sport or cultural events
•    for private purposes
•    for visiting the burial places
•    for religious reasons
•    for the implementation of humanitarian programs
•    for journalistic activity
•    for employment;

transit visa (type B) – a visa of the country of a foreign citizen final destination.

If a visa to enter the third country is not required, other grounds for obtaining a transit visa are taken into account, including tickets for traveling by rail, road and air transport or reservation confirmation.

short-term visa (type C), valid up to 90 days with the right of single, double or multiple entry and the right to stay for up to 90 days:

·         for the purpose of business, participation in sport and cultural events

Required Documents: -

In order to obtain an entry visa, a foreign citizen must personally submit the following documents:

1.  One duly completed visa application form (click here)

•   the visa application form should be filled out in legible handwriting or typing (in BLOCK   LETTERS), in English or Russian/ Belarusian

•  answers to the questions should be complete and logically consistent and indicate the real      purpose of the visit

•   the purpose of the visit should be specified in detail

•  if a question does not apply, please, write “N/A”, incomplete forms will be returned to the applicants unprocessed

•    it is the applicant’s responsibility to check whether the information given on the form is correct

•    the application form should be signed by the applicant personally; failure to observe this requirement may result in refusal of the application

•    the visa application form for a minor should be signed by their legal representative

2.  One-color photograph, which meets the following requirements:

•    not older than 6 months

•    size 35x45 mm

•    full face (70-80 % of the picture) without sunglasses, hat or other head covering unless for ethnic or religious reasons

•    plain, evenly lit and light background

•    high resolution

•    no corrugation or ink is allowed

3.  A valid original passport which

•    contains a photograph of the owner

•    has at least two blank pages intended for visas

•    is valid for at least 90 days after the expected departure date from the Republic of Belarus

•    is not dubious in terms of authenticity or ownership

•   contains no torn pages, marks, entries, erasures and corrections that are not certified by the issuing authorities of the respective foreign state

•    ATTENTION — if the applicant is under 18 years old – a COPY of full Birth Certificate (contains information about parents) and copies of passports of the applicant’s parents (legal representatives)

•    if the applicant previously had USSR or Belarusian citizenship – a document certifying the loss of the USSR or Belarusian citizenship must be submitted to the Embassy

4. Original visa support documents (visa-invitation) depending on the type of the visa requested (see details on the link).

 Please note that visa support documents remain in the consular section of the Embassy after the consideration of an application for a Belarusian visa.

5. Hotel booking confirmation on the letterhead of the hotel in Belarus

6. Confirmed flight itinerary

7. Personal bank account statement for the period not less than 3 months prior to the date of visa submission. Payslip from the workplace is also acceptable.

Visa Free Countries

From 2017 February, it becomes quite easy to visit Belarus, because of 5-day visa-free regime for the citizen of 80 countries.

  • Africa
  • Gambia *
  • Namibia *
  • Seychelles
  • America
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Dominica
  • Haiti *
  • Honduras *
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Salvador
  • USA
  • Asia
  • Bahrain
  • China *
  • Hong Kong
  • India *
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon *
  • Macao
  • Malaysia
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam *
  • Australia and Oceania
  • Australia
  • Micronesia
  • New Zealand
  • Samoa *
  • Vanuatu
  • Europe
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican

* means i.e. countries such as Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa, it is necessary to have a valid multiple Schengen visa in the passport, or a multiple-entry visa of the United Kingdom or Ireland with a note of entry to the territory of these states, as well as air tickets with confirmation of the departure date from the National Airport Minsk.

We also assist in a Tourist visa for Belarus. For more information email us on - info@bookmyuniversity.com

Address of Embassy of Belarus in India

Embassy of The Republic of Belarus in The Republic of India

Address: - F6/8B, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi 110057

Phone: - 011 4052 9338

Hours: - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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