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Travellers' Tips: Belarus

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British citizens require visas both to visit and to transit through Belarus. Visas should be obtained prior to travel.

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Check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice before travelling.

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There is no longer a concession for holders of other CIS/FSU country visas to transit Belarus without a Belarusian visa.

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Visitors must register with the police station in the district in which they staying. However, visitors staying in hotels will be automatically registered.

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It is compulsory for all foreign visitors to purchase a local medical insurance policy. These policies can be purchased at ports of entry but should not be considered an alternative to a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Once purchased, keep with your passport.

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Keep belongings in a safe place.

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Carry at least a copy of your passport at all times.

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Enter next of kin details into the back of your passport.

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Credit cards are not widely used but can be used to withdraw cash at major hotels and banks. Some large stores and restaurants will take them.

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Sterling is not widely accepted for exchanging into Belarusian Roubles, carry a mix US currency, Euros and travellers cheques. Ensure you have enough money for the duration of your stay.

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Only exchange foreign currency at Government licensed booths. These can be found in or near major stores, hotels, banks and all shopping centres. Non-compliance can result in fines and/or arrest.

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Don’t overstay your visa.

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Don’t carry drugs. Penalties are severe.  

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