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Passport and visa

There are several types of entry visas in Belarus: private, tourist, business etc. To get a visa for private purposes a foreigner has to present the invitation issued for a Belarusian resident by his citezenship and migration office. The original invitation should be handed over to the embassy/consulate or Consular office at the National airport in this case, any fax or photocopy is excluded. Multiple private visa is issued upon presentation of the original invitation to foreigners, visiting their close relatives. To get a Belarusian business visa foreigner has to present an original invitation of any Belarusian legal person, which is officially registered in the Republic of Belarus. The invitation is to be written on letterhead paper and should contain name, personal and passport details as well as purpose and duration of visit. The invitation is to be signed and bear official seal of the inviting organization.

Visas can be valid for one, two, three or multiple entries. They are to be used within the period indicated therein.

Foreigners visiting Belarus must register within a period of 3 working days with local passport and visa office and have registration put in their passport. If the tourist stays at the hotel, this will be arranged by the hotel/

If necessary, private or business visa can be extended up to 90 days when staying in Belarus.

Alternatively, you can receive your tourist visa at “Minsk-2” National Airport on your arrival at Minsk. A Russian visa is valid for Belarus for a period of 48 hours for transit travellers only. Belarusian transit visa is required when crossing Belarus to another country.

 

Customs Procedures

Personal belongings and other goods

There are some things that cannot be imported or exported to/from Belarus by tourists and visitors. The list of such things is rather common with other European countries. You cannot import drugs (narcotics), weapons, explosives, etc. without special permits.
Animals and plants can be transported after having passed a special phitosanitary and veterinary control.
Other things can be imported. However, only a certain amount of goods can be imported without paying customs dues.A person can import for free only 50 kg (110 lbs) of luggage with the estimated cost of its contents not exceeding 1000 euro (or 80 kg and ˆ1200 for indivisible items). This may include up to 5 kg of foodstuffs (for the CIS residents — up to 30 kg during June-October).
A 30 per cent due is levied for extra luggage, but not less than ˆ2 per 1 kg. For luggage exceeding 250 kg or ˆ10000 the dues make up 60 per cent, but not less than ˆ4 per 1 kg.
Within these limits you can bring with you for free:
1 liter of spirits (for persons over 18)
1 liter of beer
200 cigarettes, or 200 grams of tobacco (for persons over 18)
5 jewelry items
3 items made from natural furs or leather
1 watch
4 tires
If you take with you more than that you would be asked to pay the dues in amount of 60 per cent but not less than ˆ4 per kilo (the same regulation applies if you fail to declare such items). For every extra liter of liquors be prepared to pay ˆ20 in dues.
 
Note that you can bring with you your clothes, laptop, camera, walkman or other portable devices for your own personal use without restrictions on their cost or weight for free as long as these items are not new (used) and you are not a resident of Belarus. This is stipulated in the Decree of the President of Belarus No.259 dated May 27, 2004, article 10.6 and Annex 2.
Note: when leaving Belarus with a laptop, CDs, DVDs, diskettes or audio-/video-tapes technically you should present them for inspection up to one week before you travel (in case you have there something threatening the national security of Belarus). This regulation, fortunately, is not strictly enforced.
Import of money to the Republic of Belarus

 
Oral declaring*
WrittenDeclaring**
The sanction is required***
Cash
Up to USD 3000.00 (or in equivalent)
+
At requestl
-
More than USD 10000.00
-
+
-
Credit / charge cards, cheques, etc.
Any amount
+
At requestl
-
The roubles of the Republic of Belarusn
Up to 500 basic values (about 8,75 million)
+
At requestl
-
Over 500 base units (~8.75 million.)
Not allowed

Export of money from the Republic of Belarus

 
Oral declaring*
WrittenDeclaring**
The sanction is required***
Cash
Under US$3,000 (or equivalent)
+
At requestl
-
From USD 3000.00 up to USD 10000.00
-
+
-
More than USD 10000.00
-
+
+
Credit / charge cards, cheques, etc.
Any amount
+
At requestl
-
The roubles of the Republic of Belarusn
Up to 500 basic values (about 8,75 million)
+
At requestl
-
Over 500 base units (~8.75 million.)
Not allowed

* - the law assumes « the oral declaration ». Usually in such cases the representative of customs asks which sum of money do you carry with yourselves. The answer to this question also refers to as " the oral declaration ».
** - It is necessaryfor you to declare the available sum of money by filling in the corresponding fields of the customs declaration.
*** - the sanction is required only for export of money from the Republic of Belarus. The sanction can be received in the Belarusian or Russian banks where you buy or draw out currency. The declaration filled with you at entrance to the Republic of Belarus or the Russian Federation and registered by the customs authorities where the imported sum is specified, is the sanction for export of the same sum of money. We recommend to adhere to this rule.

 

Climate

The climate of Belarus is temperate-continental with mild and damp winter and warm summer. The warmest period is May-September, the average monthly temperature in this period is about +13—+19 C. The warmest month is July, the coldest one is January.

The average temperature in Minsk

January—-6; February—-3; March—+1; April—+8; May—+13; June—+17; July—+18; August—+17; September—+14; October—+7; November—+1; December—-1

 

Clothes

 

In summer it is recommended to wear light clothes made of natural cloth. In autumn it is recommended to wear jackets, cloaks, umbrellas are also necessary. In winter when it’s freezing and snowing we wear fur coats, sheepskin coats and warm shoes.

Money

The national currency of the Republic of Belarus is the Belarusian rouble. There are only paper notes in circulation—valued from 5 to 50000 BRB (10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000 BRB).

 

Currency exchange

 

Euro

2 953.88

USD

2 145.00

Russian rouble

84.12

 

 

Time

GMT + 2:00.

 

Holidays

  • 1 January – New-Year;
  • 7 January - Christmas;
  • 8th of March – Women’s Day;
  • 1st of May – Labour Day;
  • 9th of May – Victory Day;
  • 3rd of July – Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus;
  • 7th of November – October’s Socialistic Revolution Day;
  • 25 December - Catholic Christmas;

Languages

National languages are Belarusian and Russian language.

 

What can you buy as a souvenir?

 

Your visit to Belarus will be unforgettable if you buy the souvenirs of the country — wood-carved and straw inlaid articles, straw-woven dolls and caskets, linen goods, etc. Traditional Russian souvenirs like matreshka, nested dolls and original samovars are also available.

Work time of department stores, curiosity and souvenir shops is from10 a.m. to 19 p.m. or from 11 a.m. to 20 p.m. without break.

Excluded day: Sunday, department stores are working without excluded days.

 

Tips

 

Though not obligatory, an extra tip will be appreciated.

 

Telephone

 

Phone dialing methods

International call to Belarus:+375—city code (without first 0)—subscriber's phone number. For instance, dialling the Minsk number 26 98 40 from a country but Belarus: +375-172-269840.

International call from Belarus:8—wait for the continuos dial tone—10—country code—city code—subscriber's phone number. For instance, dialling the Moscow number 626 00 11 from Minsk: 8-10-7-095-6260011.

A call within Belarus:8—wait for the continuos dial tone—city code (city code's first digit must be 0)—subscriber's phone number. For instance, dialling the Minsk number 26 98 40 from Vitebsk: 8-0172-269840.

A call within the town of Belarus: direct town subscriber's phone number you want to call. Minsk numbers begin with digit 2 (this digit belongs city code of Minsk—172). For instance, dialling the Minsk number 26 98 40 within Minsk: 2269840. As a rule, Minsk numbers are specified consisting of 7 digits, from those “2” is the first: 226 98 40.

Regional city codes are: Minsk 172, Gomel 232, Mogilev 222, Vitebsk 212, Grodno 152, Brest 162.

Booking calls within Belarus and CIS: 17 Booking international calls: 180 Inquiry on city and country codes: 153 Information on billing the calls: 154

You may find a telephone in hotel rooms, post offices, in the street. Certainly, a hotel telephone is the most expensive way to make an international call. Not all public telephones give possibility of international calls yet but now all public telephones in the street are being replaced with the ones having such possibility. You need magnetic card for calling from public telephone. The cost of the card depends on the quantity of charge units which define how much minutes of conversation you have for calling to any country or region of Belarus.

 

Useful Telephone Numbers

101—rescue service

102—militia

103—first aid

114—auto terminal inquiry

115—railway inquiry

116—air terminal inquiry

117—tourism inquiry

167—consumer services inquiry

169—chemist’s inquiry

Auto information

188—exact time

191—repertoire of the biggest cinemas

192—night clubs inquiry

193—twenty-four-hour shops

194—horoscope for a week

195—weather forecast

 

Transport

 

Minsk has two airports.

“Minsk-2” National Airport (50 km from the downtown of Minsk) links Belarus with the largest cities of Europe, North America, Middle East and CIS by regular flights of Belavia (the National Carrier), Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, LOT (Polish Airlines), EL AL (Israeli Airlines), Lithuanian Airlines, Estonian Airlines and some others. Direct flights from Minsk to Berlin, Frankfurt-on-Main, Kiev, Istanbul, Larnaka, London, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stockholm, Warsaw, Tashkent, Tel-Aviv are offered to you. Other regions can be reached via Warsaw, Frank-on-Main, Moscow, and Vienna. Airports facilities include bank and exchange office, post office, taxi service, nursery, restaurants, bars, duty-free shops.

According to the official rates taxi ride to or from Minsk-2 is about EUR 20.

“Minsk-1” Airport is situated not far from the downtown of Minsk. It was recently opened again after a long reconstruction. The flights to Stockholm and Kiev are carried out from “Minsk-1”

There are also airports in all regional cities (Brest, Gomel, Grodno, Mogilev, Vitebsk) for domestic flights inside Belarus.

 

Vi Metro (or Underground, or Subway) — Minsk only — admission by counter operation gates against tokens purchased at the entrance to the station (one token irrespective of the distance or changing the line). Runs from 05:30 a.m. to 01:00 p.m

 

Buses, Trolleybuses, and Trams — ticket system: tickets should be purchased beforehand at the stops or from the driver. Run from 05:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

Cost of one trip is about USD 0.12.

 

    Taxi — (full capacity of taxicab is 4 pax) could be easily identified by the sign taxi on the roof top. 24 hrs a day.

 

 

Insurance

 

In accordance with the Republic of Belarus legislation, all foreign citizens entering the country or passing via the country as transit passengers must have medical emergency insurance. Insurance policy can be obtained while crossing the border (representatives of Belarusian state insurance companies work at every border post) as well as at the offices of insurance companies within the country. For example, representative offices of “Belgosstrakh” company can be found in every district of the country. The rates for the insurance policy depend on duration of stay in Belarus.The cheapest one (for 1_2 days) costs1 USD; the most expensive one (valid for one year) – 85 USD.

 

Banks

 
From February 1993 Belarusian Stock Exchange is functioning, it is the main instrument of currency exchange on Financial Market of the Republic of Belarus. Bids are carring out on four main types of currency: USD, Euro, Russian rouble and grivna. Daily the National Banc of the Republic of Belarus states official interest rate of Belarusian rouble to foreign currency in accordance with the results of work of the Stock Exchange in previous day.

Belarusian roubles can be exchanged at bank branches or exchange bureaus, which can be easily found in any city and in all hotels, major stores and supermarkets. Bank branches also accept and exchange travel cheques and credit cards. It is not recommended to exchange currency with individuals—firstly, it's the violation of Belarusian laws causing confiscation of available sums of money, and, secondly, you can be cheated. In the capital and major cities you can pay with major credit cards, and now payment by cheque is possible in many shops, restaurants and supermarkets. Cash can be withdrawn with credit cards in banking machines.

 

 

Car rent services

 

AutoArsenalRent

39 Pushkin Ave. (hotel “Orbita”), tel. 257-63-84

 

Auto-saloon

8 Leshchynsky St., tel. 257-97-57

 

Auto-house “Atlant-M”

31 Pobediteley Ave. (hotel “Planeta”), tel. 226-73-83

 

AVIS-Belideal

15 Storozhevskaya St. (hotel “Belarus”), tel. 234-79-90

 

Airport “Minsk-2”, tel. 279-14-86

 

Lada-Avtoprokat

1 Serova St., tel. 275-18-05

PRESENTATION OF TOURISM IN THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS (English)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus