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There are many options for accommodation in Belarus. They range from hotels to hostels, to private house accommodation in cities and to farms in the countryside. You will find a lot of internationally known websites to help you make your choice.
Belarus is a country with well-developed transport.
Some motorways in Belarus are toll roads. Beltoll is electronic system for levying the tolls for these motorways. More information about toll roads, fees and payment can be found on the website: www.beltoll.by
National and international car rental companies operate in Belarus.
As noted below, visitors may bring their own vehicles and motorcycles to Belarus in order to travel around our country at their leisure.
Coaches also connect Minsk with major cities in Belarus and in neighbouring countries.
Urban public transport is comprehensive and convenient. It is provided by buses, trolleybuses and trams. Minsk has in addition a two-line subway called the Metro. Tickets can be purchased in specialized stalls at some stops, from the driver or from conductors that operate on some lines. In some cities tickets need to be punched; in others tickets are validated by tagging. Tickets bought from a conductor do not need to be validated.
A travel card for public transport valid for a certain number of days can be purchased at special stalls.
MOBILE PHONES AND INTERNET
There are 3 main mobile operators in Belarus: Velcom, MTS and Life. SIM-cards can be purchased at their shops. A passport is needed to buy a SIM-card. All operators have a variety of plans including prepaid packages with internet access or without.
You can connect to free Wi-Fi in some cafes, restaurants, bars, hotels and shopping malls. In some locations a surcharge for use of Wi-Fi might be levied.
The national currency is the Belarusian Ruble. Foreign currency is not accepted for payments within Belarus.
Currency exchange offices can be found in all Belarusian cities. They are located in hotels, shopping malls, and at airports, railway stations, bus stations, and in city centres.
The most commonly accepted currencies at exchange offices and banks are US dollars and Euros.
Bank cards are extensively accepted for payments in Belarus. The most widespread international payment systems are Visa and MasterCard.
It is possible to withdraw money in Belarusian currency from ATMs . ATMs are to be found in any bank branch, in supermarkets and on various street locations.
On 1 July 2016 a significant re-denomination of the Belarusian currency was conducted. The face value of banknotes and price tags was reduced by four zeros. New banknotes with face values of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 rubles were introduced as of this date. New coins were also introduced.
Old banknotes will be accepted for payments until 31 December 2016, after which they will be demonetized and exchanged only in banks.
All visitors to Belarus must have travel medical insurance. It may be issued also by foreign companies but must be valid for the territory of Belarus for a period of stay in this country and provide the limit of indemnity not less than EUR 10 000).
Should medical treatment be needed, quality public and, in some places, private healthcare options are available. Conditions in Belarusian public hospitals and health-care standards have been significantly improved in recent years.
Private healthcare is also available in Minsk and in some other cities.
In cases of emergency the number to call for medical assistance is 103.
Belarusians are known for being law-abiding and our country does not have a significant crime problem. Visitors should follow commonsense general principles of prudent conduct in unfamiliar places, should exercise common sense, and should keep a look out for suspicious behaviour.
In cases of emergency the number to call is 102.
CUSTOMS AND BORDER CONTROL
Belarus and Russia have a single migration card that covers the territories of both countries. All foreign visitors to Belarus and Russia are required to fill in such a card on arrival either in Belarus or in Russia. The stamped exit portion of the card (that reads “Б” Departure) must be kept with your passport at all the times and submitted to passport control officers upon departure.
If you are travelling directly between Belarus and Russia, the stamped portion of the migration card received on entry to the first of the two countries should be retained until you exit the last of the two countries visited.
Belarus is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) with Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. The EEU is based on a Customs Union, which means that common Customs rules are applied in all these countries and there is no Customs control between and among EEU members.
These common rules mean that visitors are allowed to import up to 50 kg of luggage, up to 3 litres of alcoholic beverages and up to 200 cigarettes per person duty-free. With respect to cash, each visitor may bring into the EEU the equivalent of up to US$10,000. Cash in excess of this amount must be declared to Customs at the point of entry into the EEU.
As noted above, visitors are welcome to import their own cars and motorcycles under temporary licence for independent travel in Belarus and other EEU countries. In this case the visitor should complete a Customs Declaration in respect of their car or motorcycle at the first point of entry into the EEU.
Visitors who use their own vehicle or motorcycle should make sure that they complete a Customs Declaration at their final point of departure from the territory of the EEU.