Foreign nationals who intend to enter Belarus must first get the necessary visa. The following visas are available in the country:
Transit visa type B
Type C visa is valid for up to 90 days of short-term trips (These visas cover short stays for business meetings, conferences, training, and more in Belarus)
Long-term stay visa (type D) (Employees who plan to remain in Belarus for employment on a long-term basis will need to obtain a Type D visa)
Before commencing work in Belarus, international employees will need to get a work permit. Officially, this permission is known as a "Special work permit in the Republic of Belarus."
International employees must submit the following papers to get a visa to work in Belarus:
A visa application form that has been completed
A passport photograph taken in the previous six months
A valid passport with a photo, at least two blank pages, and validity for at least 90 days after the applicant plans to leave Belarus.
Medical insurance documentation
A copy of the applicant's work permit that has been certified
Payment for the visa fee must be accompanied by proof of payment.
If the employee decides to send the application, return postage should be included.
Some workers may additionally be required to produce extra paperwork; for example, candidates under the age of 28 must show a copy of their birth certificate as well as copies of their parents' or legal representatives' passports.
Applicants who formerly possessed Belarusian or Soviet citizenship must confirm their loss of citizenship.
In Belarus, the employer must commence the work permit application procedure (typically issued for one year, although highly qualified employees may be eligible to receive a permit valid for two years). The completed application must be sent to the Department of Internal Affairs, together with the necessary papers and evidence of payment for the processing fee. If the company intends to hire more than 10 foreign workers, a permission from the Department of Nationality and Migration will be required.
A work permit takes around 15 days to process. Prospective workers can apply for a visa to enter Belarus once their work permit has been approved.