Belarus Tourist Registration
Tourists from western countries may find it difficult to understand the “Belarus Tourist Registration” rules in Belarus. All foreigners who come to Belarus must register with the “Migration Police” within 5 business days. There is a $100 fine at the airport when you depart if you have no registration.
Israeli tourists are the eighth largest tourist nationality visiting Belarus. Israeli citizens are interested in Belarus’s tourist attractions, recreation facilities, places of worship, monuments dating back to the Second World War, and also places related to more than six centuries of Belarusians and Jews living together.
Israeli citizens don’t need visa for travelling to Belarus as tourist, however provable health insurance is required. The maximum duration of stay is 90 days.
I just returned from a wonderful visit in Belarus and was surprised to find that a “tourist registration” form was placed in my passport at the check-in of my hotel.
Those tourists staying in hotels, sanatoriums or agricultural guest houses don’t have to come to the Migration Office, they will be registered automatically when they check in. Registration will be executed by its employee after passport presentation. This service is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes. When a foreigner registers at a hotel or hostel, they put a stamp in a loose leaf and not the on a page of the passport. Be sure to keep this loose page until you have left the country.
Tourists not staying in hotels can register at the local Department of Citizenship and Migrations and those who come to the country for five days or less may come to the country without registration (as they arrive in and depart from Minsk National Airport). Citizens of Russia or Ukraine may come to the country for up to 30 days without registration.
A tourist should not to visit some less safe residential areas. All major streets are wide and are illuminated when it gets darker. So, even at night, you can feel safe in the capital of Belarus. It is recommended to take some safety measures and precautions when you visit Belarus.
Restrictions in Belarus
Belarus has very similar laws to many European countries. The main difference is that here, they are strictly kept. It means that you can easily get a fine for crossing the street on the red light, or drinking alcohol in public places.
- There is zero tolerance to drunk-driving. Bribes are very rarely accepted by the traffic police.
- Avoid talking about Belarusian politics, and do not take part in public demonstrations.
- There is a very strict policy against drugs.
- Taking photographs of anything of military or security interest may result in problems with authorities.
Safety in Minsk
Minsk is the capital of Belarus and the largest city in the country with about 2 million people. Despite being one of the largest cities in Europe, Minsk is a very quiet, clean and safe city to visit with many parks and areas to spend time with the whole family. The biggest threat to travelers in Belarus is petty theft, particularly on public transport, sleeper trains, and in popular tourist destinations around Minsk.
Safety in Belarus
According to the UNODC Safety Index by Country, Belarus is rated 73 (Switzerland is rated 78 and Germany 63).
Medical Risk in Belarus
Belarus is relatively safe in terms of medical risk.