Republic of Belarus
The Belarusian rouble (BYR) comes in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000 and 200,000. Currency exchange offices and ATMs can be found throughout Minsk. Outside the capital and the larger towns and cities, cash should always be carried.
Crime & Safety
Minsk is regarded as one of the safest cities in Europe, although that shouldn’t stop visitors from exercising caution as they would in any other large metropolis. Staying away from public demonstrations should also be a rule of thumb. Militia(the local police) is quite numerous in all parts of Minsk.
Standard European two-pin sockets at 220v AC, 50Hz.
Minsk residents are generally very friendly people, that try to help foreigners, if given the chance. When asking for directions - you best bet is with younger people, as the chance that they know English is quite high, contrary to the older people.
Smoking is permitted in bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels and most public spaces.
Most of the population prefers the Russian language and for a foreigner it can be quite difficult to communicate his way through Minsk as there are few signs, menus and tourist information in the English language.
The telephone dialing code for Belarus is +375 (yy) xxxxxxx
Where the yy is the operator code which can be 17(stationary phones) 29, 44, 25(most mobile phone operators) and the xx corresponds to the telephone number.
Below are the toll-free emergency numbers
Travellers are allowed to take up to 50 kg of personal luggage with them to Belarus, up to a value of 1,500 euros.
Any items in addition to this are subject to duty at 30% and not less than 4 euros per kilo.
There is also a limit on the amount of spirits and tobaco:
spirits (including beer) 3 litres
cigarettes 200 or 250 g tobacco
There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency that you can take with you into Belarus.
You must, however, declare amounts over 10,000 USD on entry to Belarus on the declaration form.
The following items can NOT be carried by travellers to Belarus:
radioactive and explosive substances
Animals and plants can only be brought into Belarus with the appropriate health and veterinary certificates.