While it might not be one of the first places that comes to mind for a European vacation, Belarus offers much of the same as other top tourist destinations in the region. Castles, World War II historical sites and art are the main attractions of this former Soviet bloc country.
Bordered by Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania and Latvia, the country is in the middle of Eastern Europe, making it a great home base if you are planning a larger trip to multiple countries in the area. Belarus is also home to four World Heritage sites – Mir Castle complex, Nesvizh Castle, Belovezhskaya Pushcha reserve and Struve Geodetic Arc – providing many fascinating places to visit. Whether you are vacationing, visiting family or making a stop on your tour of Europe, travel insurance gives you the confidence to travel worry-free.
Travel tips for Belarus
Your must have a Canadian passport that is valid for at least three months past your departure date, and you must be able to present proof of medical insurance.
If you are planning a private visit (such as visiting family and not staying at a hotel), you will be required to register with the office of Visa and Registration within three days of your arrival. If you are staying at a hotel, the hotel staff will register you when you arrive. Tourist, visitor, business, student and transit visas are required.
Exercise normal security precautions when travelling, especially in Minsk. Pickpocketing and petty crime are common. ATM and credit card fraud are also a risk, so protect your cards, your passport and other belongings at all times. The currency is the Belarusian ruble (BYR), and cash transactions in foreign currency are prohibited. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Always have your passport and visa papers with you, as you may be asked to prove your identity. If you plan to drive during your stay, an international driving permit is required.
Top attractions in Belarus
Minsk, the capital city, is one of the top tourist destinations in the country. It is considered safer, more affordable and less crowded than many other major cities in eastern Europe. Being almost completely rebuilt after WWII, the city has a mix of modern architecture, large parks and great restaurants with the unique history and a reminder of what occurred in the past. Victory Square, Belarusian National Arts Museum, Church of Saints Simon and Helena, and the National Library of Belarus are must-see destinations in the city.
In addition to spending time in Minsk, consider seeing Kalozha Church, Brest Railway Museum, Dudutki Museum, Mir Castle, Nesvizh Castle and the amazing Brest Hero Fortress memorial complex.
Even though the country is landlocked, there are still a number of water-based attractions for tourists to check out. The Braslav Lakes are regarded as one of the best recreational areas in the county, the Pripyat Reserve contains a number of rivers and dams and is known for ecotourism, and Minsk Sea – a huge water storage area – is popular with divers and surfers.
Belarus travel insurance requirements
Comprehensive travel insurance, including emergency medical coverage, is required for admittance into the country. It is essential to make sure you have adequate travel insurance coverage for your trip not only to meet the entry requirements, but to also to ensure you can travel worry-free. Contact us today to get a hassle-free travel insurance quote for your next trip to Belarus.
|Population (2012):||9,464,000||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Official language(s):||Belarusian, Russian|
|Diesel (2012):||0.90||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline (2012):||0.88||1.23 (2013)|