Anyone have any special tips or advice about visiting belarus. i will be there this week.
Also any VT members also travelling in the area ?
Hi, I am looking for hotel on the way from Minsk to Kobryn. Seems that best is in Baranavichy.
any suggestions? Thanks
I plan to go to Belarus, to Minsk and probably to other cities.
My question is not about facts - I can find everything on e-net and forums - but about feeling : how does the traveller feel in this country ? Does he travel with enough of freedom ? Can he adapt and arrange last minute changes if he does not like a place ? How free and available is internet ?
Thanks for tips
I saw a nature documentary about some scientists who were studying wolves in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, and they were able to visit the Belarussian section, but can you go there as a tourist?
1. Some soviet style (old fashioned) place or activity, like bar, restaurant, shops, theatre, museum, red army related monuments or anything.
2. Any kind of markets, except modern shopping malls, like second hand, street market, food market, etc.-
3. Soviet style shops of clothes, soviet propaganda and red army items
4. Places to see belarus folokloric music and dance
5. Rock, punk or any concerts singed in belarusian or russian language (NOT IN ENGLISH)
6. Any lake with pedal boats and old arcade games
7. Hockey or any place to see other sports apart from soccer (it doesn´t have to be professional)
8. Minority groups neiborhoods, with tipical shops and restaurants from their culture
9. Wich neiborhoods or areas we should avoid by the day or night time?
10. Wich places are forbhiden to take photography, apart from military related?
11. Thank you very much, if you can ask just one or two questions is enough.
I'm willing to visit my fiancé in Belarus, and we're planning to get married there, then we will move back here together, however, the only issue is that there is no Belorussian Embassy in my country, hence I have to submit my papers to the FAD at the airport of Minsk in advance, and it says that the inviting person must submit that in person. Does it mean she has to travel all the way to Minsk and then to the airport and submit them? Or she can just send them through the mail service? Otherwise, can I just submit everything from my country to them via DHL?
Also, I didn't find anywhere whether it's necessary to submit a translated copy of my passport or birth certificate, as my papers are in French (except my passport which is in both French and English), so will that suffice? Or must I send the translation as well?
In case I have to send the translated documents, can my fiancé do the translation there in Belarus and send them? Has she had to legalize the translated papers at the ministry of foreign affairs? (honestly, it's like mission impossible for me to find any interpreter or translator who does Russian here!!!!)
I appreciate any sort of help for any full or partial answer, because I'm lost, and we've planned to have a wedding over here, so the deadline is pretty tight.
Thanks everybody, I wish somebody can help.
My son is going to travel from Switzerland to Moscow. He has already bought the tickets for the entire trip but reservations only to Brest because it was not possible to make reservation on Belarus trains. They will spend the day in Minsk before catching a overnight train to Moscow. Is it possible/easy to make a reservation for the same day? Will there be anyone speaking english? Is there a special desk? Do they accept credit cards?
We searched for and back seat61 but didn't find an answer.
Thank you for your help.
I am planning on taking my 11 year-old daughter to see her birth country and some members of her birth family. We will need a translator to French or English. Where can we hire one. We are also looking for an ap
artment in Minsk and in Bobruisk. What other cities or places should we visit. We will be in Belarus from August 2 to August 21.
Any ideas or help would be great. Roxanne
Looking at the map, it seems straight forward enough but just wanted to double-check there are plenty of train/bus connections between Mahilyow and Minsk/Vitebsk/Polotsk?
Also, the WWII memorials that I saw in the 'Things to do' section look good. Are they pretty central or a good bit outside of the city? I've struggled to find a map of the city online
I've read a little about the above museum which is located about 30km from Minsk. Does anyone know of a bus that runs close by the museums location? I've been told that having a car or taking a taxi are the only options available and if thats true then I may be in some bother! :) I'm really very keen to see this place. I'd be prepared to pay for a taxi if i could get one a bit closer then 30km away!
Maybe some of you guys have been there and can give some good tips
do I need a visa to stay in Belarus for 3 nights
I've been hearing a lot about the quality of a few of these expensive hostels in Hrodna. As things stand, I don't think i'll be visiting if these are the only accomodation options :-/
Are there any guesthouses or panzions in Hrodna? Maybe there are people waiting in the bus/train stations offering accomodation?
I really don't want to be forking out anything more than €40 a night but I don't know really. I haven't been to Belarus before and at the moment it looks far from cheap accomodation-wise
I will be going to Grodno, Belarus in early July 2013 for a week (from Washington DC area)
I understand to get to Grodno, it will be best to take ground transportation (train or bus). Trying to decide if I should travel to Minsk, Belarus or travel to Warsaw, Poland. I know both buses and trains are available but would like to know which route is more convenient and easier – thanks
My idea is to visit Minsk during a couple of days (29-30 april). But the problem are the papers... they seem unscalable! (letters, visa, money...). We have spanish passport, and no embassy between Spain-Belarus.
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I tried many companies and mail them and call them too. No body treat me. I don't know why? What is the fear? Please can any body help me to visit Belarus? I really appreciate you all.
since 2008 I am working in Saudi Arabia as computer engineer. I will provide you full guarantee I am 31 years old man and I already have the family visa here in Saudi Arabia. As it is holidays yearly so I plan to visit Belarus. My work contract valid till 2015 (extendable)
I am Pakistani national. I have valid work permit of Saudi Arabia and I am still working in Saudi Arabia. I like to visit Belarus and explore the moments of world war II. As it is my dream that I can see them closely. Since 4 years I am working in Saudi Arabia as Computer Engineer.
I am so excited to finally get to see Belarus, and then later on the Baltic states! I am having some serious difficulty finding a place that will issue me a letter of invitation though. I have spoken to two hostels, both said they would try and help, then I never hear back. Is there any tourist agency that will issue a letter for a payment?
Hi dear all. I am Pakistani and working in Saudi Arabia. I am planning to tour to Belarus. As I searched on google, I can get the visa on arrival as no embassy or consulate both country Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Please can any one help me and give me the information. As well tour operators in Belarus. I will be thankful to all.
Hello, can anyone provide details on how feasible it is to get from Minsk to Masty by public transport on 01 August 2013. A train would be preferable. Thanks.
can you take train from belarus straight to belgium,as an tourist in a belarus
Can someone advise it a link exists showing bus links in Belarus?
In particular i'm curious about bus links between Brest, Hrodno, Niasviz and Minsk.
Thanks guys :)
Ok folks, I haven't done TOO much research yet, but at the moment, dead certs to visit are Minsk of course (3 nights here, is it enough?) and Brest (2 nights, want to see the fortress and the Katyn memorial)
Hrodno and Vitebsk are potential locations but i'm not sure on these yet?
Anyone who has seen me post in VT before knows I am big into my military/historical sites, so I do need to do more research.
Would love to hear all your opinions on Belarus' must-see places!
Thank you all
Two questions for you
First, crossing from Poland into Belarus - I was wondering if it takes longer to go from Poland to Belarus, or from Belarus to Poland? Silly question perhaps, but I hear it can take a while. Was thinking of getting the train from Warsaw to Brest.
Second question, is it easy to visit the Brest Fortress memorial from Brest city itself. Is the public transport decent or must I use a travel agent or take a taxi?
Also, if somebody can recommend good accommodation in Brest, that would be fantastic :)
Thank you all
Are there any good or fair wines produced in Belarus? I've Googled but have had no luck.
Next September I will like to travel to Slonim from Warsaw.
What is the best way to get there?
Is there a fast train that gets Warsaw to Baranachy ( I understand is close ) to my destia¿nation
Or it is better to fly to Minsk ?
I am visiting Belarus from the 10th of July on a work trip,[which is to shoot for a travel show], have been researching on the country but cant find much info about fun activities in Belarus. All is see or read about are places of religious or cultural importance. Can someone tell me about the night life, sports and outdoor activities popular in the country? The kind of things Belarusians do to chill?
Also what is the weather like in July? what kind of clothing should be carried?
whould you please guide me, where is safe and public place for nightlife in minsk?
in near future i will come to Minsk/Belarus
can you write me one trip plan for 11 days around the coutry?
Where can I change my Euros to Blr rubl in Minsk railway station?
Is there any exchange office?
When visiting Orsha,what accommodation is
available for visitors?