Belarus is a country located in Eastern Europe. There are 5 countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russian Federation, Ukraine) that Belarus shares its borders with. As for languages, the country’s residents speak Belarusian and Russian. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Belarusian.
In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Belarus was ranked 38th out of 100 countries in 2021.
The national currency in Belarus is New Belarusian ruble (BYN). The ruble (р) is subdivided into 100 kapeyka (к).
With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 2.71 BYN and 1 USD is worth 2.52 BYN.
Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.
Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Belarus is 79.35 Mbps and mobile is 22.03 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.
ATM Density When compared to the world average, Belarus has more ATMs.55.86 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.
SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Belarus, a passport or ID is required as identification.
There are 2 socket types used in Belarus. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.
The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).
In the year 2023, Belarus will celebrate 9 national public holidays. The next one International Women’s Day will take place on March 8.
|January 1, 2023||New Year’s DayНовы год|
|January 7, 2023||Orthodox Christmas DayКаляды праваслаўныя|
|March 8, 2023||International Women’s DayМiжнародны жаночы дзень|
|April 25, 2023Moving holiday||Commemoration DayРадунiца|
|May 1, 2023||Labour DayДзень працы|
|May 9, 2023||Victory DayДзень Перамогi|
|July 3, 2023||Independence DayДзень Незалежнасцi|
|November 7, 2023||October Revolution DayДзень Кастрычніцкай рэвалюцыі|
|December 25, 2023||Catholic Christmas DayКаляды каталiцкiя|
What hotel chains are present in Belarus?
There are Mariott hotels in Minsk.
The Hilton hotel chain operates in Belarus.
There are no IHG hotels in Belarus.
What fast food chains are present in Belarus?
The McDonald’s chain operates in Belarus.
The KFC chain operates in Belarus.
The Burger King chain does not operate in Belarus.
What is the weather like in Minsk?
Weather data for Minsk (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com
Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.
Subway Systems The subway system is available in Minsk.
Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Belarus.
Emergency phones in Belarus
Smoking & Alcohol
Smoking ban No known rules against smoking, or no information is available.
Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.
You are not entitled to a duty-free allowance for tobacco or alcohol if you are under the age of 18.
- 3 liters of alcoholic products
- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco or a set of these products weighing over 250g