Since 2017 flights between Russia and Belarus are no longer considered domestic ones, i.e. there is passport control.

As of 2019, does this apply to all Russian airports?

I am planning to fly from Kaliningrad to Minsk on Belavia in June and wanted to confirm whether I will go through immigration to get a Russian exit stamp when doing so.


We had some bad experience with that before. I called local Belavia representative, and he said, you will get all stamps if you show Belarus visa or transit ticket. It's required to board that plane.

Note that you can't use visa-free entry thing by taking a plane from Russia:

The given order of visa-free movement through the airport does not extend to persons coming to Belarus by plane from the Russian Federation, as well as to those who intend to fly to the airports of the Russian Federation (such flights are considered as internal ones and do not have border control). http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/visafreetravel/e0ced19bb1f9bf2c.html#24

Check this post with more details on the issue. Along with a plan B for visiting Minsk from Kaliningrad without a visa: http://kaliningradguide.com/2019/05/16/kaliningrad-minsk-flight-visa/

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    This sounds great, thanks for the useful article. I will get my Belarusian visa and give this a go. – martin May 16 at 12:56

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