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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Travel to Belarus

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The country of Belarus is in Eastern Europe. It has borders with Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.


Originally part of Kievan Rus, Belarus was part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth until the Polish Partitions in the 18th century. After over a hundred years of Russian rule followed by seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. However, under authoritarian rule of Alexander Lukashenko (since 1994), it has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than any of the other former Soviet republics.
Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December, 1999, envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious steps towards implementation have seen limited success. The economy is completely dependent on Russia, and the Belarusian government is open to western government and people stance (if they are open minded and have good goals).
The country has not seen much structural reform in the past few years. Political and journalistic activity is tightly controlled. The country was the most developed republic (excluding the three Baltic states) in the former USSR, the country has a lot of remains from its socialist past and can not be regarded as materialistically backwards.

WARNING: If you are simply passing through Belarus, even if you/your train make no stops, you must obtain a transit visa in advance. The American embassy warns that many customs agents have tried to threaten persons lacking a transit visa with jail or extorted "fines". Such threats are fake. DO NOT give any money to border agents, as they cannot give you a transit visa or charge fees; they can only refuse entry to you. If you did pay the border agents and they allowed you to enter without a visa in your passport, contact your embassy or consulate immediately, as trying to exit the country without a proper visa will lead to fines and even imprisonment.(22 May 2015)

Time needed

Belarusian visas are issued in 5 working days; there is also a possibility to get it urgently (in 48 hours) by paying a double fee.

There is no possibility to get a Belarusian entry visa on the border (except for the Minsk National Airport)
Latest prices and procedures are available from the Embassy Sites Pre-issued visas save a lot of time on entry.


Belarus is visited by about 100,000 tourists annually; during the same period about 12 million people went from the country as tourists. The profit from foreign tourism amounts to less than USD200
per each tourist. The volume of tourism in total export makes up 1%. The most popular among the visitors are: Minsk City — 40% of visitors; Grodno - 32%; Brest - 22%, Vitebsk - 5%.
  • - This is one of the many WWII memorials in Belarus. The site of the former village is now the Khatyn WWII Memorial, which was opened in 1969. The only remaining structures from the original homes are the brick chimneys, which now hold bells that sound occasionally.
  • Mount of Glory - This hill, topped by four bayonets, was built from the scorched earth of the nine "Hero Cities" of the USSR and battlegrounds of WWII in honor of the Red Army. It was built in the area of the last battle in Belarus.
  • - The museum of the largest defence line build before the WWII. Presents the collection of weapon of all the XX century.
  • Minsk at night - The excursion is created in order to show the most significant and beautiful places of Minsk at night-time. Privokzalnaya square, The "City Gates", Nezavisimosti square (a political and administrative center of the city), the House of the Government, the Red Catholic Church and so on are included into the list of the objects on route. 

Internet & WiFi

It's quite hard to find an valid internet connection in Minsk (in the countryside is almost impossible), the most connections are quite slow, especially the upload speed is limited for some reasons... Average speeds: Download 3mbs; Upload 0,5mbs; Ping 200ms (which is really slow)

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