• Located in Eastern Europe, East of Poland
  • The climate in Belarus is cold winters, cool and moist in the summer. It is a mix of continental and maritime climate. The country is generally flat with lots of marshland.


Marriage to a Belarusian Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Belarusian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Belarusian government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Belarusians as an indirect way of discouraging Belarusians citizens from moving to other countries.

Foreigners must apply for official permission from the Belarusian government to marry a citizen of Belarus. You must demonstrate to Belarusian officials that they are not currently married to anyone else - either you have never been married or all divorces are finalized - that your identity is proven, and that you have never committed any crimes in Belarus. This is done by providing various documents including an Affidavit of Single Status to the Belarusian government either in Belarus or via a Belarusian embassy.

If you want to bring your Belarusian spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. If they would like to visit you in Canada while their application is in process, they must also apply for a visitor visa. For more information, please see our family sponsorship page and our visitor visa page.

See a sample sponsorship application


Belarusian Marriage Basic Requirements

In order to marry a citizen of Belarus, you must demonstrate to the Belarusian government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:

  • Proof of country of birth
  • Proof of single status
  • Proof of age requirement

Couples engaged and planning to Belarus to get married need to follow the following instructions to obtain a visa that will allow them to enter Belarus:

  • Completed visa application
  • 1 photo
  • Foreign travel document
  • At least 2 blank pages for visa valid for 90 days after expected date of departure
  • Confirmation of consular fee payment


Belarusian Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to a Belarusian citizen can legally take place in Belarus, Canada, or any other country as long as both parties have the necessary visas to enter this country legally. This marriage can then be recognized when applying for a permanent residence or a visitor visa for your Belarusian spouse. To learn more about cereomny customs, see below.

Family Members

If your Belarusian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Belarusian Marriage document application.

If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Belarusian citizen.

How long is the Belarusian Marriage document valid?

The document is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. If you do not marry your Belarusian fiancé within 6 months of the issuance of the Belarusian Marriage document, you must apply again with new supporting documents.

List of Belarusian Consulates in Canada

Embassy of the Republic of Belarus


Typical Application


Calling Belarus

The country code is 375 so dial 011 - 375 – area code – local number

Area Codes:

CITY                       CODE     CODE                                     CODE     CITY                       CODE     CODE                     CODE

Baranovichi             163         Kalinkovichi                            2345       Orsha                    216         Smorgon              1592

Bereza                    1643       Kobrin                                   1642      Osipovichi              2235       Soligorsk              174

Bobruysk                225         Lida                                       154        Pinsk                     165         Svetlogorsk           2342

Borisov                  177         Minsk                                     17          Polotsk                  214         Vitebsk                 212

Brest                     162         Mogilev                                  222         Rechitsa               2340        Volkovysk              1512

Gomel                   232         Molodechno                           176         Rogachev            2339         Zhlobin                  2334

Gorki                     2233       Mozyr                                    236         Slonim                 1562         Zhodino               1775

Grodno                 152         Novogrudok                           1597       Slutsk                    1795      

Canadian Embassy in Poland

Canada does not have an embassy in Belarus but all consular services are handled in Poland.

Jana Matejki 1/5
00-481 Warsaw
Tel: (+48 22) 584 3100
Fax: (+48 22) 584 3192 E-mail: wsaw@international.gc.ca

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