Travel advice for Belarus.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Belarus.

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in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

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Banknotes

in US dollar (USD)

  • Change cash in local currency when outside larger urban areas

Local currency / ISO Code

Belarusian Rouble BYR

Currency exchange rate

BYR 1000 = ~ CHF 0.03 ; CHF 1 = ~ BYR 26'352 (09/2022)

Further Information

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  • Die gängigen Kreditkarten werden in begrenztem Umfang akzeptiert. Für detaillierte Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an den Aussteller der betreffenden Karte.

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National language

Official language

Belarusian and Russian

Language capabilities

English and German

Capital

Minsk

Country code for calling Switzerland

8 (wait for dialing tone) 10 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

220 volt / adapter required for 3-pronged plug

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid after end of stay with visa, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months. A visa is not required for stays up to 5 days. Find out in advance about the documents necessary to obtain a visa. A hotel booking confirmation from a Belarus travel agent is required to obtain a visa. Travelers, who stay more than 5 days in Belarus, must report to the OVIR authorities within 3 days of their arrival. These formalities are settled by the hotel for package travel. Foreign travelers must be able to submit a health insurance valid for this country.

Opening hours

Banks

9.00 - 17.00 h (Mon - Fri)

Stores

9.00 - 19.00 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 18.00 h (Sat)

Driving
  • Swiss driver's license accepted; international driver's license recommended.

  • International green insurance card mandatory.

  • Blood alcohol limit: 0.0 ‰.

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security

  • Si consiglia di rispettare le abituali misure precauzionali contro la microcriminalità.

  • Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

  • Avoid nighttime driving.

Special legal regulations

  • Photographing military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.

  • Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Minsk, Ul. Krasnoarmeyskaya 22a, Apartment No. 20
Tel.: +375 17 227 1842

Time difference with Switzerland

+ 1h

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Important

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