Quite a common question, if it’s possible to take a flight from Kaliningrad to Minsk. Well, it’s quite a complicated puzzle. Russia and Belarus are parts of the so-called Eurasian Union. And the border formally exists, but air travel between two countries treated as a domestic flight and do not incur all standard border controls checks. So, what does it mean for travelers?Continue reading “Kaliningrad – Minsk: flights and visas”
The Belarus transit visa issue was a critical issue for many fans, that plan to visit Minsk and other cities. As well as taking a flight or a train, including Free Trains between Kaliningrad and Moscow.
Today a new agreement between Russia and Belarus was signed: a temporary agreement on mutual visa recognition for the upcoming large sports events. It means, that World Cup FanID can be used to cross Belarus border.
Still to find an official text of the agreement, but I believe that the Belarus Transit Puzzle is finally solved.
According to the latest news, a new agreement between Russia and Belarus will be signed in Q1 2018. A mutual recognition of visas was discussed. If that really happens, then you probably will be able to travel to Kaliningrad via Minsk with only one visa, Belarus or Russian one. No details published yet, no idea how it will affect Football Fans, Fan IDs and free trains for the FIFA World Cup. But let’s hope for the best and wait for good news to come. Belarus is an interesting tourist destination. Also, this will allow a lot of additional possible flight, train or bus connections.
UPD: Check the latest update on the visa agreement between Russia and Belarus.