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I think the following question has not been answered yet, at least not in light of the new regulations.

Question: a Canadian citizen can enter Belarus "visa-free". What's the exact meaning of this?

Wikipedia says "visa free for five days".

But the consulate of Belarus in Canada seems to not mention this and does mention support papers sent in advance.

So, can a Canadian citizen just land at Minsk without any previous paperwork, and be awarded a 5-day visa? Is there a cost?

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The embassy site is confusing and the relevant info (even in English) is for some reason easier to locate through the Russian-language version. Relevant page in English.

Summary: you can visit without a visa or advance application if you fly to the Minsk airport, unless you are flying from Russia. You need medical insurance and a small amount of cash. If you use this option, you also have to leave from the Minsk airport - you cannot leave over a land border.

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So, can a Canadian citizen just land at Minsk without any previous paperwork, and be awarded a 5-day visa?

There is no such thing as a 5-day visa. You enter visa-free, with no prior paperwork.

a Canadian citizen can enter Belarus "visa-free". What's the exact meaning of this?

It means you enter without a visa - in other words, present your passport and get stamped in, just like when travelling to the US.

You cannot transit Russia on the way to/from Belarus, and have to both enter and exit through Minsk airport. If you overstay due to illness (for example) you need to supply evidence and obtain and exit visa, which you can then use to exit anywhere

Is there a cost?

No

But the consulate of Belarus in Canada seems to not mention this and does mention support papers sent in advance.

That is if you want to get a visa on arrival, which you no longer need if staying for max 5 days.

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