One of the lesser known holiday destinations, Belarus is considered to be a reliable choice for a European holiday or a short mini-break.
History enthusiasts will revel in the intriguing history of the country, while the more outdoorsy holiday maker will love hiking through the stunning countryside. The historical buildings and rustic villages are charming and picturesque.
The country has a largely rural economy and wildlife-lovers will enjoy hiking through the national parks and forests in the hope of catching sight of bears and wolves that roam in the wild here.
The Capital of Minsk is home to whole host of good restaurants, and is quickly developing a strong cultural and live music scene.
What are the roads like in Belarus?
The quality of highways is generally good across the country. However, minor roads and those in more rural areas of the country are in a considerably poorer condition and tend to be heavily potholed. Some minor roads are impassable during periods of bad weather during the winter months. Roads can be poorly marked.
What are the drivers like in Belarus?
It is common for locals to drive somewhat erratically – frequently performing dangerous manoeuvres. Local drivers are known to change lanes without indicating prior to doing so. Tailgating slower vehicles is a common occurrence. On two-lane roads in the countryside, it is customary to pull over, possibly even onto the verge, to allow drivers to pass. Local drivers are known to overtake vehicles even when there is oncoming traffic – it may be necessary to slow down to allow them to pass.
What are the best times to drive?
It is advisable to avoid driving at night in rural areas due to the poor quality of the roads.
What are the driving laws?
It is compulsory to wear seatbelts in both front and rear seats of the vehicle.
Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to sit in the front seats of the vehicle and must be seated in the rear seats using an appropriate restraint for their age.
Belarus operates a strict zero tolerance drink driving policy.
It is illegal to drive a dirty car.
You cannot use a mobile handset for calls, texts or internet while driving as this is against the law. It is recommended to use a hands-free kit if you want to speak on your mobile phone whilst driving.
Foreign drivers must pay a fee in order to use toll roads and there are fines for non-compliance.
There are frequent police checkpoints throughout the country. It is advisable to stop when instructed and to have vehicle documentation to hand.
Jaywalking in Belarus is illegal, so pedestrians will always be walking on the pavements and will only use the appropriate crossings to cross the road.