Your visa must be registered within 3 business days upon your arrival to Belarus. When you arrive at the border, you are required to fill out a Migration Card, part of which will be retained by the passport control. The other part will be returned to you with an entry stamp. It is used for visa registration and must be presented to passport control upon departure from Belarus, so please keep it on you with your documents at all times!

If you are staying at a hotel, the hotel staff will register your visa for the duration of your stay at the hotel. If you are staying at a private residence, your visa must be registered at the Passport and Visa Department (formerly OVIR) in the city/district where you reside. You will need to be accompanied by your host or landlord and present your passport, Migration Card and proof of insurance and pay the fee of $7.50 (in local currency). The mandatory insurance is sold at the international airport upon your arrival. If you arrive to Belarus by train or car, it is your responsibility to obtain such insurance in the city where you are staying prior to your visa registration. The two Belarus agencies that insure foreign travelers are Belgosstrah and Beleximgarant.

Please keep in mind the importance of visa registration, as you may encounter problems with Passport Control upon your departure from Belarus and have to pay a fine of up to $150 in the event your visa is not registered.