Just booked hotel Sputnik on a whim – it is the least expensive option, and they had only two rooms left.
Hope I did not do anything stupid – had to get myself a wind down after all the turmoil lately.
– I haven’t booked hotels for a few years, prefer apartments where you can cook your own breakfast. And I never visited any of our close neighbours, formerly constituent republics, since 1991, feel slightly at a loss…
With just one review about this hotel, anyone knows the best way from the railway station with a wheeled bag and four surgeries in the past year? I guess that will be taxi – or foot, climbing the bus does not seem very encouraging.
Any advice on Internet? Better to bring my laptop – it’s extra 1,5 kg, or rely on a post office / Internet café?
Speaking of the cafés – any around?
Last but least – how does one go currency exchange? I mean, surely I don’t have the same currency as you folks, but still the Russian ruble won’t go for the Byelorussian ruble.
Have not booked any Moscow – Minsk transportation yet, will ask advice specifically!
I am going to Minsk in may (visa free since I have a hockey ticket). I was wondering if I can take a day trip to Russia (I will get a Russian visa) and then come back to Belarus legally. On the one hand Russia and Belarus have no border controls but on the other hand it is a second entry to belarus. Is travelling between Russia and Belarus considered "single entry" since they seem to have some border agreement?
Thx a lot!
Hi and Greetings from near Sydney Australia!
We will be in Poland in a few months and staying with family. We would like to visit my mother's ancestoral home in Pinsk (which was in Poland before WW2). The train from Bialystok to Pinsk apparantly takes 12 - 14 hours! It's only 272kms by road but I was advised that this is not safe and tourists can be held up at the border for hours.
I was thinking of taking the train from Bialystok to Grodno which is about 3hrs and then a taxi for 3 adults to Pinsk which would be about 3 - 4 hrs by road thus cutting down our travel time by nearly half! Any advice on this and a contact for a taxi firm etc. We would do the reverse after a feww days in Pinsk. ( My Polish and Russian went by the wayside many many years ago) regards Ingrid
i want to visit mir and be back in 1 day
Not a question - a notice.
The border guards of Belarus have released a statement according to which any guests visiting Belarus in May visa-free will have to declare their passport, ticket and (!) the local registration (the latter must be processed within 5 business days by the tourist if not staying at hotels that process registration automatically).
Well, this is obviously a measure taken by the government to tackle booking.com apartments that do not offer registration. This all is going to be a lot of fun!
Hi I'll be in Minsk for 5 days in late May (with my 9 year old son) and an apartment seems the best option.
Can anyone recommend a reliable agency that could sort me out?
Approximately how much should I expect to pay for a one or two bedroom apartment?
I will also require a visa support letter ( in order to obtain a visa) and will then obviously require registration of this with the relevant authorities(we have Irish passports).
Also - I would be looking at visiting places outside the centre - like Khatyn, Stalin Line, Mount of Glory etc. I'm not sure a tour would be much good as my Russian isnt good - I can download enough from the internet to sort me out in that regard - so really what I'd be looking for would be to get there either by public transport or a driver (or - even hire a car & drive myself though that would probs be more trouble than its worth). And ideas would be welcome.
Finally - is there any public transport to & from the airport?
Thanks for your assistance.
can anyone help me with a travel voucher to enable me visit belarus as a ghanaian since all the companies online are not helping
I want to travel to Belarus with a friend and would like to know:
1.) How can I get the visa in the cheapest possible way (we are Austrian citizens)?
2.) Which places are recommendable to visit and are clean hotels/hostels easy to find?
3.) My friend speaks basic Russian. Will that be enough to get around and are the locals in Belarus helpful in general?
Thank you for your help!
is there any firing ranges where you can fire some guns for fun?
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 :)