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Belarus uses 220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
The languages that are typically spoken are Belarusian and Russian
Belarus uses the Belarusian ruble (symbol: Br), code BYN.Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 rubles. Ruble is subdivided into 100 copeckss. Coins come in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 copeckss.
Automatic teller machines are common in Belarus. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Belarus is on average 6.9 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Belarus is moderate. It's relatively easy to find one when needed.
You can buy a SIM card for about 8.85 BYN, which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: MTS, Velcom, beCloud or life:). Belarus uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Belarus upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Belarus, dial +, then 375 (the country code for Belarus), then the area code (without the initial 8) and the local number. For local calls within Belarus, start with the area code (with the initial 8). In the case above area code is 152 .
In Belarus you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 110 km/h (68 mph) on motorways, 110 km/h (68 mph) on expressways, 60 km/h (37 mph) in all built-up areas and 90 km/h (55 mph) on undivided highways.
Import and export information
All articles in the prohibited to import list.
Ferrous and non ferrous scrap and waste.
Raw and precious metals, ore and raw commodities containing precious metals.
Mineral and unprocessed stones.
Wild living animals and some wild plants.
Protected species and products protected under CITES. A permit is required for export.
Documents of the national archives.
Tobacco:50 cigars; or
Tobacco:250 grams other tobacco.
Other items:Goods for personal use (except vehicles, ethanol, and indivisible goods), up to a value of €10,000 for air travellers or €1500 for land travellers, and up to a weight of 50 kilograms.
Illegal narcotics and psychotropic substances, and their precursors.
Many weapons are prohibited from import. For further information, please visitCivil weapon, its basic components and their parts and structurally-similar products with arms rounds.
Human organs, tissues, blood and its components.
Hazardous waste and toxic substances.
Printed, audiovisual, or other media which has been banned from Belarus.
Certain plant products that fall under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
Over 5 litres of ethyl alcohol.
Undercover surveillance and intelligence gathering equipment.
Pets are subject to veterinary control by theMinistry of Agriculture.
Certain medications for personal use containing narcotics must be declared, and accompanied by a prescription. For further information, please visitProcedure Importation of Drugs Containing Narcotic or Psychotropic Substances.
Pneumatic weapons and ammunition require a permit issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. For further information, please visitPneumatic Weapons and Ammunition.
Any amount of currency over the value of US$10,000 must be declared.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended as travellers may contract hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Belarus, regardless of where they are eating or staying.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals such as veterinarians and researchers, for those who are taking a long trip or moving to Belarus, and children as they are more likely to receive animal bites.
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is often reported in Europe between April and November. For further information, please visit the CDCTick-borne Encephalitis Advice.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a risk in Belarus. For further information, please visit the CDCTuberculosis Advice.