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.
Visa requirements: No visa required for stays of up to 30 days
Time zone: GMT + 3
Language: Belarusian and Russian
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
Naroch National Park
Boris and Gleb (Kolozhskaya) Church
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
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.