CapitalMinsk (1.780.000 in 2006)
Surface: 207.600 km²
Population10.350.194 in 2006
1 Euro = 4064.1700 Belarusian Ruble
1 Belarusian Ruble = 0.0002 Euro
Time zoneUTC +2
LanguageRussian and Belarusian are the two official languages.
ReligionChristian orthodox and catholic
Entry requirementsA visa issued by the Belarusian Embassy or a Diplomatic representative office is required, as well as a passport. Entry to the Country is allowed only upon invitation by local residents (either an individual or an institution) or with an organised tour booked through a travel agent. Most European driving licenses are accepted, however we recommend to bring an international driving license.
Travelling with petsSmall pets like cats, dogs and ferrets must travel with a certificate of good health issued by a veterinary not earlier than 10 days prior to departure. Also, they must be vaccinated against rabies.
Health and safetyHealth structures, especially the public ones, are still poor. It is compulsory to have a personal insurance for medical assistance and against injuries. The insurance certificate must be stipulated with one of the insurance companies authorised by the Belarusian Government. No vaccination is required, although it is useful to remind that the territory of Belarus is still suffering the consequences of Chernobyl nuclear disaster, therefore use the utmost care in consuming agricultural products and mushrooms, to avoid risks of contamination. As for general safety, pay utmost care when travelling around and be careful to robberies and thefts. Do not trespass the so called “exclusion zone” ( corresponding to the provinces of Braghin and Khojniki in the south of the Country, in proximity of the Chernobyl plant) and avoid the regions of Gomrl, Mogilev and Luninets (Brest).
ClimateBelarus is characterised by a continental climate (long cold winters and short warm summers). The climate tends to get colder in the southwest and northeast areas. Snowfalls are frequent. Most of the territory is covered with snow 7 months a year.
Form of GovernmentThe Country obtained independence from the former USSR in the early ‘90s, and it is now a presidential Republic.
EconomyThe main economic resource of Belarus is represented by mineral resources. The industrial sector (mechanics, chemical, textile and IT) also plays an important role. Agriculture and animal breeding were severely damaged by the accident of Chernobyl, and are not well developed.
ElectricityVoltage: 230 V – Frequency: 50 Hz
Posts, banks and telephonePost offices are open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 21 pm. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 17.30 pm. Mobile phone coverage is good.
Country code: 00375
Health assistance: 103
Road assistance: 017-2220666