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Belarus Belarus

Population: 9.498.700 people
Region: Eastern Europe (Search on Google maps)
Capital: Minsk
Country Code: BY

Money in Belarus

Currencie(s): New Belarusian ruble & Old Belarusian ruble

    Should I exchange money before I travel? Although this depends on many factors, including which currencies you want to convert and which country you are travelling from, generally speaking exchanging your money AFTER you travel will provide you with a more favourable exchange rate.

    The rule is simple: the more common the currency is, the cheaper it will be. So, for example, if you are travelling from the Belgium to Belarus and want to buy some New Belarusian ruble & Old Belarusian ruble here, you will pay less for it in Belarus, as this is the currency that you will find everywhere. At the same time your EUR will become rare and valuable, which means that you will get more money for them.

    Looking for advice about exchanging New Belarusian ruble & Old Belarusian ruble? Discover our tips in our article about currency exchange.

    Belarus is concidered to be a relatively dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 2.12 out of 4.
    This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

    Language in Belarus

    Language(s): Belarusian

    Food & Drinks in Belarus

    Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste the national dish: Draniki

    Tap Water: Do not drink. According the the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - USA, Source), you might want to drink bottled water because travellers' diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera are among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water.

    It's not just what you drink:

    • Check that natural bodies of water are safe before you swim
    • Be picky with the water you use to brush your teeth
    • Wash your dentures or ice your drinks
    • Keep your mouth closed in the shower, and always use soap!

    Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Belarus is 18.

    Religion in Belarus

    Belarus is NOT considered as a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 34% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20% (1997 est.)

    From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

    This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.

    Sex & Relationships in Belarus

    Age of Consent: 16 years.
    At the age of 16, an individual is considered mature enough in Belarus to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.

    Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Belarus.

    Belarus scores a -5/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
    Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Belarus are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.

    Other practical tips for Belarus

    Timezone: UTC+03:00
    TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in Belarus – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.

    Driving: Right-hand traffic.

    Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.

    Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
    When travelling to Belarus, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 220 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!

    Weather: Currently overcast clouds, with a temperature between 8 and 8°C (46.4 and 46.4°F)

    Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 18.77 µg/m3
    PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Belarus.

    Fly to Belarus

    Planning a trip to Belarus? Here is a list of 1 large airports you can fly to.

    List of cities in Belarus

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