Any thoughts on the implications if staying at a private residence rather than a hotel? When entering visa free for 5 days there was no need to register before and hopefully this didn't change?
No, 5 working days for that still. Registration by private host occurs at the police station.
@Felix300 Can the visitor self-register (possibly with a copy of the host's identity/residence documents) or does the host strictly have to be at the OVIR?
For example, what if you book an AirBNB apartment whose owner is NOT at home (but leaves the keys for you)? I often book such places.
The host's presence and signature is required by law (he/ she signs the form with the guest data). Make sure the host is willing to take part or turn down the booking - it is most likely an illegal rental. It's called OGIM these days, check for more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SifvDpEfe48
@Felix300 So if an AirBNB is offered where I have the apartment for myself and the owner doesn't have the opportunity to set aside time for this, I cannot stay there for more than 5 days?
I know in some countries with similar systems the owner can issue a notarised authorisation for the foreigner to self-register, is that not a possibility in Belarus (specifically Minsk)?Edited: 2:06 am, September 04, 2018
Well, I can't add much to the above. If they don't have time - they don't have time for their business. Definitely get a stamp within five first working days. Contact me directly if you have technical issues.
i have a question, if staying longer than 5 working days, how is registration done at hotels without the migration card as it is no longer issued? I heard hotels should put a stamp on the back of the migration card, but they can't do this if visitors are not issued migration cards anylonger.
I've not stayed in a hotel for a while but if you get registered privately via OGIM, you get given a small paper when registering which is stamped. I guess its the same in a hotel.
Same principle for the hotels, a little piece of paper with a stamp.