Practical Information in Belarus

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Traveling to Belarus is difficult enough to make many people that would go there give up. With a few pointers traveling to and in Belarus can be not only easy, but exciting. Getting a visa can be frustrating and once you get it you have to make your way around Belarus, which can also be very frustrating. The key is information. If you know what to expect then your travels will go much more smoothly.
Currency

The local currency is the Belarus Ruble (BYR)

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Laws

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There are many laws in Belarus and there are many more police to enforce them. Do your best to keep all of the laws in the country. Do cross only on crosswalks, I missed one by ten feet and was fined. Do pay for all buses you ride as soon as you get on the bus, and hang on to your ticket. You never know when they will check. Do not change money on the street. There is a large fine and possible prison time. Do not go anywhere near any demonstrations. Do not give them an excuse to name you as a cause for the civil unrest. Keep these tips in mind and you will have a safe trip.

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Visas

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There are three options: A transit visa valid for 72 hours, intended for those who only want to pass through. Even if you are going from Russia to Poland you will need to get one of these. A single-entry visa (also known as an 'ordinary' visa) which is valid for 30 days. It only allows you to enter Belarus once within the 30 days stipulated on the visa. If you leave, you can't come back in. Watch out, there are some trains that go from Brest to Grodna that go into Poland. Sometimes they will let you go through, sometimes not. It depends on the mood of the Border Guard. A more..

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Taxis

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If you decide to travel by taxi keep in mind that the taxi drivers of Belarus are underpaid, so many of them jump at the chance to earn a few extra dollars. Taxis are required by law to charge by the meter. If they don't have a meter, or don't turn it on, they are driving illegally. Insist that they run the meter and you will not only be obeying the law, but you will also save yourself a large amount of money.

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