Treatment in Belarus: features, costs, required documents
Belarusian doctors and clinics are known not only in the CIS countries but also throughout Europe and Asia - for low service prices, highly qualified assistance, and leading technologies. Most often, those who cannot afford treatment in Europe go to Belarus for that aim. After all, you need to pay several times less for similar procedures or operations here than in other countries.
Treatment in Belarus has become popular over the past 10-15 years. Citizens of 130 countries of the world come to this country for medical tourism. Many of them are also attracted by the visa-free regime - it will help when treatment needs to start immediately, and there is no time to delay with documents.
Due to the favorable territorial location of the country, you can go to Belarus for treatment in many ways - by plane, train, bus, your own car, etc.
What kind of treatment is available in Belarus
Most often, people come to this country for complex operations, diagnostics, and examinations, as well as rehabilitation in the following areas of medicine:
• Plastic surgery;
• Phlebology, etc.
Prices for treatment and other procedures here are many times lower than in other countries, but they depend mainly on the clinic you choose.
We will give several examples of prices for medical services so that a potential tourist can better orient oneself:
1) IVF - $2,500 (for example, in Germany - from $4,750);
2) Coronary bypass surgery - $10,000 (in Germany - from $22,500);
3) Liver transplantation - $132,000 (in Germany - $195,200).
To find out the current prices for paid services for foreigners, you need to go to the appropriate section on the website of the Ministry of Health. The information there is constantly updated.
Necessary documents for a trip to Belarus for treatment
Before you start collecting documents for the trip, you need to choose a clinic and contact it to get confirmation that the necessary services can be provided to you.
If you do not want to deal with documents, you can contact the relevant medical tourism agency, but its services are paid for.
There are two types of payment for medical services in Belarus. If they were provided once, you must pay for them before treatment begins. Standard inpatient treatment is paid for in 2 stages - prepayment and co-payment after services are provided.
Citizens of many countries of the world can come to Belarus without a visa, but residents of a number of other countries need one. For this, it is usually not necessary to go to the consulate and wait a long time for a decision.
If you arrive via Minsk International Airport, you can get a visa on arrival. At the same time, you can stay in the country for up to 30 days.
When arriving in the country by other means, you can issue a short-term (up to 90 days) or long-term (from 90 days to 5 years) visa. Visas are issued by the diplomatic mission of Belarus, the consulate of Belarus, the office for the entry of foreigners of the main consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For this, the following documents will be needed:
1) Questionnaire for obtaining a visa;
2) Passport-sized photo;
3) International passport or another document to replace it;
4) Invitation from the clinic;
5) Medical insurance contract for the amount of at least 10,000 euros;
6) Receipt for the payment of the consular fee.
The consular fee is 60 euros for all types of visas.
Recreation in Belarus
There are many sanatoriums and medical centers in this country, where you can improve your body quality and take a break from the constant hustle and bustle.
Medicinal mud, mineral waters, natural products, and clean air are used for sanatorium recreation.
For example, in the Rodon sanatorium, sapropel mud with a special composition is used for treatment, as well as radon water from local sources.
Also, this country is home to the only spelearium in the CIS, where recovery takes place in an underground mine. Many sanatoriums have cave rooms with rare red and white salt of the Starobinsky deposit.
You can also visit the country's largest balneogryazhe resort, which is located near Lake Naroch.
The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.
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