Belarus

Belarus

Country profile

Belarus is living history. Its capital city is an insight into Soviet urban planning, while here and there relics of the past appear: 17th-century fortresses and ancient churches. Beyond the cities, Belarus is raw and rugged: get back to nature with visits to wild forests and glittering lakes.

KEY INFORMATION
Capital: Minsk
Visa requirements: No visa required for stays of up to 30 days
Time zone: GMT + 3 
Language: Belarusian and Russian
Currency: Ruble
Population: 9.5 million
Electricity: 220V and 50Hz 

Tipping policy: Discretionary. Around five per cent of the bill is common in restaurants

AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK 
Direct flights to Minsk (average flight time: 3h 10m): London Gatwick, Manchester
Indirect flights to Minsk (average flight time: 5h): 

Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Humberside, Inverness, Leeds, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Newcastle, Norwich, Southampton 

TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Chalk Pits
Nesvizh Castle
Naroch National Park
Boris and Gleb (Kolozhskaya) Church
Brest Fortress

MAJOR EVENTS
Minsk Spring Tango Festival, March
Belarusian Fashion Week, May
Rural tourism festival Zaborski Fest, June
Yuri Bashmet International Festival, October
Minsk International Christmas Opera Forum, December

WEDDINGS

Documents needed:
Passports;
Divorce certificate, if applicable; 
Proof of eligibility to marry.

Marriage licences must be legalised at the consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and translated into English.

Same-sex or LGBTQ marriages are not legal in Belarus.

More News