Kaliningrad – Minsk: flights and visas

Belavia: Minsk - Kaliningrad

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?

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Belarus Transit for the World Cup in Russia

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.

Flights to Kaliningrad: international and domestic

Kaliningrad region has one airport Khrabrovo and it under reconstruction for the FIFA World Cup now. Most of the flights are domestic. Popular destinations are Saint Petersburg and three different Moscow airports: Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo.

Connection in those cities will be most popular option for those who will travel to see football matches for long distances.

Two more World Cup Host Cities have direct flights from Kaliningrad – to Yekaterinburg and Kazan. Second can be very useful for B2 team fans in June 2018.

Other Russian destinations are Novy Urengoy, Ufa, Cherepovec.

International Flights from Kaliningrad airport

2017 was memorable for good news about international flights: now we got new flights to Berlin (Germany), Warsaw (Poland), Prague (Czech). It’s a nice option for Deutschland and Polska fans to start their World Cup journey to Russia. Continue reading “Flights to Kaliningrad: international and domestic”