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Facts and entry

Map of Belarus

Location

Belarus is situated in the west part of the Former Soviet Union Area, on the eastern edge of Europe between Poland in the West, Lithuania in the North-West, Latvia in the North and the Russian Federation in the East. In the South Belarus borders on the Ukraine. In the English usage they often call Belarus White Russia (B(y)elorussia). Area: 207.600 km. Administrative structure: 6 provinces (oblasty) (Brest, Grodno, Gomel, Mogilev, Vitebsk and Minsk). Minsk is capital of Belarus and serves as administrative centre of oblast at the same time.

People

Population: approx. 10 millions. Cities: Minsk (Capital) ca 1,7 millions, Gomel ca 495.000, Mogilev ca 360.600, Vitebsk ca 341.500, Grodno ca 307.100, Brest ca 300.000.

Language

There are 2 official languages: Belarusian and Russian. Besides one speaks Ukrainian, Polish and other languages of ethnic minorities.

Climate

For a visit in spring and autumn you should take along transitional clothes. For summer it is advisable to have summer things with you. In winter you need warm clothes and winter shoes.

Time zone

EET (UTC+2); Summer (DST) – EEST (UTC+3); Central European Time (CET) +1 hour.

Telephone

The dialling code to call Belarus is +375.

Public holidays

1 January (New Year), 7 January (Orthodox Christmas), 8 March (International women’s day), 9-th Day after the Orthodox Easter (Radunitsa, Remembrance Day), 1 May (Labour Day), 9 May (Victory day), 3 July (Independence Day), 7 November (Day of the October revolution) and 25 December (Catholic Christmas).

Entrance formalities

Visa necessary. On arrival at Belarus you should take out a travel health insurance for the period of your stay.

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