Visa-free Transit to Russia via Belarus Announced for World Cup Fan ID Holders
Posted by Dominic Quiney on 01 June 2018 04:32 PM
This week, the Russian and Belarusian authorities have signed an agreement (article in English) granting visa-free transit through Belarus to Russia for those who have World Cup Fan IDs. This agreement will be active from 4th June 2018 until 25th July 2018 inclusive. Transit via Russia to Belarus will be visa-free for the European Games in Minsk in June 2019, however, we will provide more information on this closer to the time.
What does this mean?
If you have all the required documents for visa-free travel to Russia for the World Cup (a Fan ID, at least one valid match ticket and your passport) and are intending to travel to Russia via Belarus, you will not need a visa to travel through Belarus to Russia from 4th June 2018 to 15th July 2018 (the day of the World Cup Final) inclusive.
Holders of a Fan ID will also be able to travel via Belarus from Russia to another country without a Belarus visa from 4th June 2018 to 25th July 2018 inclusive.
To find out which documents you need to enjoy visa-free access to Russia (including visa-free transit via Belarus), see our dedicated Fan ID page of our 2018 World Cup Information Hub.
I don’t have a Fan ID. Can I still transit through Belarus visa-free?
If you are not a citizen of a country which normally enjoys visa-free access to Belarus for more than 5 days (you can check if your nationality is one by selecting your citizenship from the drop-down menu here) and you do not have a Fan ID, at least one valid match ticket and your passport, you will need a Belarus Transit Visa.
Please note that if your citizenship entitles you to use the 5-day visa-free regime to Belarus, this does not mean that your nationality is exempt from requiring a transit visa. If your citizenship allows you to use this short visa-free regime and you do not have a Fan ID, you will need a Belarus Transit Visa.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our visa specialists.