Belarus Warnings and Dangers

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Belarus Warnings and Dangers

  • Belarus: Lack of customer service...

    Belarus is a stunning country but it has a long way to go before improving its public services like border control or catering. Majority of employees of the banks, shops, police e.t.c. come across as very rude. They need to learn to smile even if they don't like the job they do. Such a bad attitude puts off foreigners a lot which is a shame as this...

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  • Compulsory registration

    After arrival on your place of destination you are obliged to register yourself at the local authorities during 5 working days. If you do not register this you can have problems on the border while leaving Belarus. The fine can be even up to 250 USD. When you stay at the hotel or go on organised trip by a travel agency all formalities should be...

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  • Beware of Paranoia

    I would like to say that I have just returned from a trip to Belarus and it was absolutely fine. You do not need to pretend to be poor, you do not have to run if you see policemen (though it's true that you shouldn't pester them). My border crossings were fine. My passport was looked at but I wasn't even asked any questions. The people are lovely...

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  • Lunatic President

    Try not to speak about politics with local people. It is dangerous not for you but for them. People could disappear in this country without leaving a trace. It is not a fake.Each evening there is a "TV show of one actor". "Bat'ko" (Father) could speak for two or more hours without a break.But... Do not think that people of Belarus suffer seriously...

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  • Protests

    Stay away from the protests. I myself didn't have any troubles because I didn't come to Belarus to support their opposition nor to take a part in any rallies. So one night after some street protests I walked through the streets of Minsk, and a policeman stopped me near Oktobarskaya Square and asked me where I go. He spoke Russian but I understood...

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  • Don't lose your passport!

    In Belarus and all CIS states you have to put an eye on your passport.It is your key for getting out of this countries.So you should always have it with you!Tip: Make a copy of your passport and visa number.If you drive with other friends change this copies with each other.If you lose your Passport you have to contact your embassy immidiately.

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  • Absolutely "don't" Politics

    Even if you are interested in this theme you should avoid to talk about this with belarussian people. Many of them are very afraid to talk about politics because they don't know which persons they can trust. Many agents of the belarussian secret service try to find out the political opinion of this people.If you talk about politics it is also a...

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  • Horrible little vampires

    Be very careful as it could happen to you...while I traveled in the Bus: Euro Lines, it was clear we should have some stops in the road to have a break and lunch or dinner...one of the famous Bus stops not far from Minsk was near a beautiful view but of course the restaurant was near a swamp...there were hundreds of the mosquitos and bugs, they...

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  • Registering your stay with Police

    With a Visa for Belarus, you need to register your stay with the authorities within 3 days of your arrival. If you stay at a hotel, they do it for you. If you rent a flat, you need to get the owner to go with you to the local Police Station.Be warned - This process took me a total of 6 hours over 2 days at the Police station. My friend and I had...

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  • Belarus Border Control

    If you are travelling to Belarus with your own car be prepared for a long wait at the border. We arrived at the Border with Poland at Brest and then waited for 9 hours! The wait is due to the lack of Border Checkpoints and the large number of cars at that time of day. We expected a 2-4 hour delay but not this! When you finally arrive at the...

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  • Demonstrations: Belarus is not...

    Belarus is not exactly what I would call a democracy (no offence meant!) when it comes to the demonstrations of protest against the government. They are usually dispersed by police with frequent use of violence and those who look like they might be at the heart of the trouble (attention! - a foreigner would be considered just such a person!) ...

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  • The only warning I can give is...

    The only warning I can give is dont look too well dressed and give the indication of wealth. The average monthly wage for a Professional Teacher in Belarus is just 100 U.S.D. so be concious of what you are saying and what you are buying, it may take a whole year for the average Russian to buy something that you can buy in 3 seconds, be aware and...

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  • Be careful the police will try...

    Be careful the police will try their best to give you a hard time. If they know you have money they will try to give you fake tickets for stupid things. We got pulled over three times in about two hours.

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  • Not very pleasant side of home...

    Not very pleasant side of home country description... But I think I would better tell you in advance, and probably that would help you to avoid being disappointed later.1. Try do not use overcrowded public transport during peak hours. There could be pocket robbers.2. When traveling by car, don't stop in the night on the road. Use motels, campings...

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  • You should be very careful on...

    You should be very careful on the road. I heard a lot of stories about gangs. And in Brest border jam some guy bumped our camper. It has Finnish plates and he thought to get some money. Poor guy!Traffic police is trying to get bunch of money from foreign cars. Watch out speeding 'cause roads are very good!

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