What tourists should know visiting Belarus


What tourists should know visiting Belarus

Entering Belarus

You need a visa to come to Belarus. Here are visa requirements for those who would like to get a Belarusian visa. The majority of tourists arrive in Belarus via National Airport Minsk.

In the course of the first five days of your stay in Belarus you must register – either in your hotel or in a local territorial migration control body.

This does not pertain to the citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania. These citizens are exempt from registering during the first 30 days of their stay in Belarus.


The map of hotels and hostels generated by Google Maps is here. Note that some hotels may be missing. The CTV channel does not cooperate with either of hotels or hostels. Sanatoria are a cheap option for those who would like to stay away from the bustle of the city and improve their health.

You can also rent an apartment. Please note that not all Belarusians will understand English, especially when talking over the phone.

Accommodations in Minsk may be found via the telephone or e-mail on the Internet.

Read more: Do Belarusians know English?

Couchsurfing is becoming increasingly popular with Minsk residents. About 12,000 of them are registered in the couchsurfing system and are ready to receive guests in their apartments.

Cafes and restaurants

Read more about cafes and restaurants in Minsk here.

Foreign currency

You can pay for goods and services in Belarus using only Belarusian roubles. Exchange offices are available at National Airport Minsk, railway stations and other public places. You can also withdraw money from ATMs provided that your card supports international operations.

Remember that it can be dangerous or unprofitable to exchange money using the services of unofficial agents or unknown people.

Updated exchange rates are available at the website of the National Bank of Belarus. As of 2018, it's quite easy to count everything in dollars: just divide the sum in Belarusian rubles by roughly 2. The exchange rate in Belarus has become much more stable in recent years, so this rough 1 to 2 ratio is likely to hold on for a year or two.

Mobile carriers

If you do not prefer to use roaming you can choose one of the three Belarusian mobile operators: life, MTS or Velcom. It's advisable to go to their major offices, since it's more probable that you will receive quality service in English there.


Wi-Fi is available in many public places. When in cafes and restaurants, ask your waiter to give you the login and password. In some public places, you need to buy access cards.

All mobile carriers offer mobile Internet, too.


There are a lot of stores, supermarkets and retail outlets in every district of Minsk where you can buy everything you need. Some stores close at 23:00 and stop selling cheap alcohol at 22:00.

A number of shops have joined the Tax Free system, which is undoubtedly beneficial for tourists. The list of Tax Free shops is available here

You can buy souveniers in many places in the central part of Minsk, for example Trinity Hill, the Upper Town and near Alexandrovsky Garden near the Yanka Kupala National Academic Theater.

Read more: Typical Belarusian Souvenirs

What to do

The majority of tourists visit Minsk when they are in Belarus. Minsk offers a lot of sights, the list of which is available here. It includes museums, parks, theaters and monuments.

One of the best opportunities to see the key attractions in Minsk is to take a two-hour bus tour of Minsk.

There are a lot of night clubs and casinos in Minsk that are open until late night. You can easily find them on the Internet.


Visit Belarus' capital: Minsk history, sights, economy and social development

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There are also a number of attractions outside Minsk. It usually takes about 1-3 hours to get to them.

Mir Castle

Public toilets

About two years ago the Minsk authorities abolished a decision in line with which every institution was obliged to give any person access to its toilets. At present the administration of each institution makes relevant decisions. Most often people are allowed to use toilet facilities but do not forget about public toilets in Minsk. They cost about $0.5 and are marked with the WC sign. Toilet facilities are also located at some metro stations.

Your behavior in Belarus

Please remember that it is forbidden to drink alcohol in public places. The possible fine is up to $120.

You should not swear or use bad language in public. This may be considered a petty offense, which is punishable by a fine of up to $450.

Permission of city authorities is needed for flashmobs and other demonstrations.

No narcotics are legalized in Belarus. Prostitution is not legalized either.

Please remember that many Belarusians, especially those of an old age, do not approve of homosexual relations and can react to it aggressively. Taking into account the mentality of the majority of Belarusians, you should not express your non-traditional sexual orientation in public.

Please remember that the metro has a special facility status on a par with some government buildings, which is why do not take photos without getting permission from metro workers or policemen at stations. If you violate this rule you may be asked to delete the photos. However, people, especially foreigners, often get permission to take some photos upon asking.