Belarus Travel Information
Although Belarus has not closed its borders, entry
and exit in practice are limited by neighboring
countries' entry restrictions.
Belarus is generally a safe country to travel in.
Belarus is a well-organized and controlled society with
little common crime. By taking ordinary simple
precautions, most people will avoid problems. As
elsewhere, you should avoid deserted areas in the
evenings and be wary of pickpockets. It is always
recommended to have a passport with a valid Belarusian
Norwegian citizens residing in, or planning to travel
to Belarus, are encouraged to keep up to date via the
Embassy's website, as well as to register their travel
Crime: Belarus is a well-organized and controlled
society with little common crime. By taking ordinary
simple precautions, most people will avoid problems. As
elsewhere, you should avoid deserted areas in the
evenings and be wary of pickpockets.
Traffic: Care should be taken in traffic. The roads
in Belarus are generally very good, but as otherwise,
surprises may appear. tractors on smaller roads in the
Terror: On April 11, 2011, a heavy explosive charge
was detonated at one of the Minsk subway stations.
Twelve were killed and nearly 200 people injured. The
incident came as a shock to the public. It wasn't long
before some younger Belarusians were arrested. No
special travel advice has been established for the
country. The risk of further projections is considered
Travel insurance: Norwegian citizens are encouraged
to have valid travel insurance. Norwegians traveling to
Belarus should note that the National Insurance Scheme
does not cover expenses related to illness or accidents.
- Countryaah: Minsk is the capital
of Belarus. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
As of July 27, 2018, there is a visa requirement for
Norwegian citizens for stays up to 30 days - with
certain restrictions. The freedom of visa applies only
to those with ordinary passports (police passports), not
for travelers with diplomatic or service passports. The
freedom of visa applies only when entering and departing
by air to/from Minsk International Airport (Minsk 2
airport) - not by car or train. The freedom of visa does
not apply to travel to or from Russia because there is
no border control on these trips.
For further information on travel to Belarus, contact
the Belarusian Embassy in Stockholm.
Travelers must always show valid travel insurance and
have funds equivalent to 49 BYN per day for their stay.
The price of the visa varies based on the type and
duration. A 30 day visit visa for Norwegians costs 60
A prerequisite for obtaining a visa is that has with
the invitation of the inviting party in Belarus.
Norwegians can apply for visas from Belarusian embassies
and consulates, and the nearest stations are Sweden,
Latvia, Lithuania and Finland. Read details about the
You can also get a visa at the airport in Minsk after
applying for a minimum of two days in advance at the
nearest Belarusian embassy or consulate. It does not
apply to those who come by plane from Russia. If you fly
to Belarus via Russia, you must also apply for Russian
The visa must be registered with the local police
(OVIR) no later than five days after arrival. If you
stay in a hotel, this is done by the hotel. When
entering, one must have health insurance that is valid
in Belarus. For more information see the website of the
Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Currency declaration may be required upon entry.
Antiques, paintings and other valuables brought into the
country must be registered with the customs authorities.
If this is not done, you may have trouble removing the
items on departure. The authorities regard as antiques
everything dating from 1945 or earlier. Dog and cat must
have a valid vaccination certificate and international
veterinary certificate upon importation.
A valid driver's license and car insurance are
required for foreign motorists who want to drive into
Belarus. Original documents confirming the car's
ownership are presented at the border. From November 1
to March 31, driving with light is required.
See also details from Belarus Foreign Ministry.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Coronavirus
infection has been registered in Belarus. The Belarusian
authorities have so far not imposed any special
restrictions on border crossings, but people arriving
from vulnerable countries can be tested on a voluntary
basis. Although Belarus has not closed its borders on
March 25, in practice, entry and exit are limited by
neighboring countries' entry restrictions. For now,
Belavia has some international flights from Minsk, check
the company's website. Belarusian health authorities can
be contacted by hotline: 375 (29) 156-85-65.
Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of the
development of the corona virus. Feel free to follow
local authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on
how to deal with the situation. Information about the
coronavirus in Belarus can be found on the website of
the Ministry of Health.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Belarus hospitals generally maintain a fairly good
standard, but not necessarily at the western level.
Although the health staff has good education, it is
assumed that they have knowledge in Belarusian,
Ukrainian or Russian. In some cases, access to medicines
For updated recommendations on vaccination before
departure, see information from the Norwegian Institute
of Public Health.
Diseases that may be appropriate to vaccinate against
may be hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, tetanus, tetanus,
typhoid, tuberculosis, polio. Belarus hospitals
generally maintain a fairly good standard, but not
necessarily at the western level. Although the health
staff has good education, it is assumed that they have
knowledge in Belarusian, Ukrainian or Russian. In some
cases, access to medicines may vary.
The southeastern parts of Belarus (Gomel County) were
particularly affected by the fallout from the Chernobyl
disaster in 1986. Some parts are still closed to
ordinary traffic. Beyond this, the radiation situation
is not of particular concern.
Tap water is not recommended for cooking and
drinking. Bottled water is available for purchase.
Belarus is a materially quite well-developed country,
even considering the current economic crisis. Although
the range of goods and services is not always top notch,
Belarus is not an underdeveloped country.
The authorities have little acceptance for regime
criticism and there are rigid laws and regulations
against between other meetings in public places.
There is one hour time difference between Norway and
Belarus, Belarus is one hour ahead of Norway.
There is a good cultural offer, entertainment and
other opportunities for visitors. Ordinary Belarusians
are consistently friendly and well educated.
Some young people in the big cities speak some
English, but otherwise it pays to be able to Belarusian,
Ukrainian or Russian to progress in Belarus.
Power - The voltage on the power supply in Belarus is
220 volts, 50 Hz. The use of a voltage stabilizer is
Telephone - There is nothing special to postpone on
the telephone system, including cell phone coverage.
Currency and Credit Cards: In major cities, regular
credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted at
hotels, many restaurants and shops. Belarusian rubles
can be withdrawn from ATMs virtually everywhere, while
foreign currency exchange is easily done in banks or
in-house exchange offices of which there are also many.
Opening hours: Banks and public offices are usually
open weekdays 0900-1800, supermarkets and other shops
every day approx. 1100-2100 (some are closed Sundays).
Official Holidays: New Year - January 1, Orthodox
Christmas January 7, Women's Day March 8, Workers Day
May 1, Radonitsa (Remembrance Day) May 3 (in 2011),
Victory Day May 9, Independence Day 3. July, October
Revolution Day November 7, Catholic Christmas December
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