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Information for Travelers to Belarus

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    Note: As with all of the former Soviet Union, the situation changes rapidly in Belarus, and sometimes not for the better, sad to say. I strongly recommend you also check with more current information, especially the listservs, usenet newsgroups, and chat forums to find the latest information (in addition to the books, booklets, and Web sites noted in the following). Also check with your government's current travel recommendations, health advisories, and so forth, and of course, read the news media as to current events.

    Information about visa requirements, fees, restaurants, prices, and so forth, change very quickly, so refer to any of those things in the following publications as only a very approximate guide.

    Have a wonderful and safe visit!





US CDC Info for Travelers to CIS & NIS



ISIC Discount Information for Belarus

    Note: Select "Belarus" in "country" window; then select city, etc.

    "The focus of the International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) is to develop, promote and facilitate travel among young peoplestill undergoing their formal education. This is pursued from a global perspective, aimed at increasing international understanding."

    "Since 1968 about 20 million students have owned the International Student Identity Card as the sole student identity and travel card. This credit-card size plastic document, enriched by a hologram and displaying the holder's photograph and personal details, commonly known as ISIC, enables the holder to obtain numerous discounts on air, rail, ferry and bus fares. In addition, benefits include entrance fees to cinemas & theaters, concerts, cultural and special events as well as free entrance to museums, art galleries and sites of historical interest. As an Identity Card, ISIC is also used on several campuses, banks and other public places. " File last updated: 1996/09/25

      ISIC
      St. Kongensgade 40 H
      DK - 1264 Copenhagen K
      Denmark
      Phone: (+45) 3311 2155
      Fax: (+45) 3391 4353

      E-mail contact: isicinfo@istc.org



Travel Guidebooks About Belarus

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    Note: As with all of the former Soviet Union, the situation changes rapidly in Belarus, and sometimes not for the better, sad to say. I strongly recommend you also check with more current information, in addition to the books, booklets, and Web sites noted in the following. Also check with your government's current travel recommendations, health advisories, and so forth, and of course, read the news media as to current events.

    Information about visa requirements, fees, restaurants, prices, and so forth, change very quickly, so refer to any of those things in the following publications as only a very approximate guide.

    Have a wonderful and safe visit!



Russia, Belarus & Ukraine by Rail   Guidebook by Athol Yates; published by Bradt Publishing, UK, (June, 1996).


Minsk: A Historical Guide.

    Also refer to this book in the history section of this Web site, for detailed architectural descriptions of Mensk through six walking tours. Highly recommended for those truly interested in Mensk and Belarus.


The Globe Corner Bookstore - Books and Maps for the Traveler

    Items related to Belarus:
    • Ravenstein Bielorussia Road Map with index booklet
    • Bartholomew Ukraine, Belorussia & Western Russia World Travel Map
    For orders and information: info@gcb.com
    Fax: (617) 227-2771
    Toll free: 1-800-358-6013

    Catalog Page for Belarus


Minsk in Your Pocket

    Thorough guide booklet to Mensk, with some information about Belarus in general, that does fit in your pocket--and it is also on the Web (see below). Printed twice per year in Lithuania, though not all information is updated. 6,000 copies (3,000 each in English and Russian). Summer, 1997, issue advises, don't pay more than one dollar for it [approximately 60,000 Belarusian rubles--July, 1998].

    Note: For a no-nonsense guide with a lot of "official", government of Belarus-sounding information, refer to the entry here for Belarus: Business & Tourist Guide.

    Said to be found in Mensk at the major hotels (e.g., Hotel Orbita is your best bet) and news kiosks near them but it can be very difficult to locate a copy. People who have copies will often let you look at their copies, but almost never let go of them--that speaks volumes about the value of this little guide. Although unlikely, sometimes used book shops will have older copies, plus the whole thing is on the Web (see Web address, above).

    "In Your Pocket Publications Satire-laden travel guides to cities in the Baltics and Belarus contain all the information any potential visitor could need!"

      If you are not a smart-alecky know-it-all, the sophomoric ennui will get a bit tiresome beyond the first reading, but otherwise, this is one of the best resources to Mensk in English and Russian (particulary for its thoroughness and because it is updated twice per year). Of course, given its limitations (its size and its twice yearly publication), not all information can be accurate nor complete (but it will fit in your pocket). Even if you have a Belarusian friend/guide in Mensk, get this pocket guide.


Eight Days a Week

  • A supplement to the Minsk News   circulation: 200 copies;   available by subscription in Mensk, and said to be also on the Web site, as of mid-1998.

  • When in Mensk, also pick up the Minsk News, the only English-language newspaper printed there (with a clearly independent point of view), and its supplement, Eight Days a Week, for the most up-to-date, bi-weekly, event and sightseeing information about Mensk and the surrounding area. It is especially useful for English-speakers living in Mensk, and includes a summary of prices at the Komarovski Market.

  • The Minsk News should be found in the major hotels, though I have never seen the Eight Days a Week supplement there. You may have to contact the publisher.


Belarus: Business & Tourist Guide

    A no-nonsense guide to Belarus, though it appears to depend too much on official government of Belarus information (thus limiting its usefulness for the potential investor, but possibly good for a laugh for the knowledgeable tourist). It does contain a lot of useful information, especially brief, factual entries for basic information about each major city in Belarus, and I do recommend picking up a copy.

    For an antidote to the drab, Soviet architecture and possibly equally drab attitudes in Mensk, a much better guide is Minsk in Your Pocket. If you're in a restaurant with "Soviet-style" service, it will give you hours worth of reading while you are waiting for your waitress. . . .

    First produced in 1996 or 1997, its second edition appeared in 1998. Apparently intended more for the business visitor, rather than for the tourist. [NB. Although there are not many of either in 1997-1998, there are probably more of the latter, including as part of humanitarian relief organizations.]

    The booklet appears to successfully depend upon advertising, so if you're also interested in a Belarus tractor or buying steel wholesale, get this guide! (There are other advertisers as well.)

    Available from: publisher; possibly other sources, such as hotels (I will research this).

      Belarus: Business & Tourist Guide
      P.O. Box 47, Mensk, Belarus, 220125;   Gorodetskaya Str. 8

      Tel:/Fax: +375 (17) 265-7350; 268-8794


Russia, Ukraine & Belarus: A Travel Survival Kit; Lonely Planet books, 1st edition by John Noble, Richard Nebesky, Andrew Humphreys, Nick Selby & George Wesely. ISBN: 0 86442 320 9     960pp & 150 maps



Travel Companies (including Belarusian Governmental)

Most of the Web sites in the following have "place holders" for information about Belarus on the Web.

    Note: Do use your Web search engines and access the listservs, usenet newsgroups, and chat forums to find the latest information. Things change very quickly.


  • Belintourist

      Belintourist
      Masherava 19
      Republic Belarus 220078 Mensk

      TEL: (172) 269 840     FAX: (172) 231 143     Telex: 252270


  • Belarus Tourist   Mensk, Belarus


  • Intourist USA, Inc.

      Intourist USA, Inc.
      610 Fifth Avenue, Suite 603
      New York, NY 10020 USA

      TEL: (212) 757 3884; (212) 757 3885     FAX: (212) 459 0031


  • SMOK Travel Agency

      PO Box #150, 43 Prospekt Skoriny, Minsk 220005, Republic of Belarus

      tel. (37517) 284-67-66, 284-71-71, 284-74-74, fax (37517) 210-13-62

      E-mail: mail@smoktravel.com


  • Sputnik - Belarus

      Although not on the Web, this travel company is located within Belarus.


  • Travel Notes Web Site   entry for Belarus

      Travel information, Business and Visitor Visas, Weather, Links, etc.


  • Travel Documents System   for Belarus

      Travel information, Business and Visitor Visas, Links, etc.


  • Adventure Travel Worldwide - Belarus


  • Axeta Travel 2000 - Belarus   FYI: Apparently, Web site no longer available -- April, 1999.


  • Eastern Europe for Visitors -- Belarus info


  • Belarus Travel Information (UK)
      "Brief mission statement: We are promoting travel to Belarus because we believe that it is a 'forgotten' country worth visiting. Any commission we receive from third parties, less reasonable expenses, will fund our real work - helping the poor and needy in Belarus who are suffering from the after effects of the Chernobyl disaster."

      "Please visit our other web-site at www.chernobyl.org.uk to see what we are doing and hope to do."


  • My Travel Guide -- info for Belarus


  • Travel Document Systems -- info for Belarus

      (Provide commercial visa services, as well as information about Belarus on the WWW.)


  • Gateway Travel (Australia) info for Belarus


  • Infinity Tours: Discounted Travel to/from Russia   FYI: Apparently, Web site no longer available -- April, 1999
      "Provide full travel service to FSU and would be glad to serve the Russian community in the USA."


  • The Virtual Tourist -- Belarus info


  • TravelWorld, Your gateway to Belarus   FYI: Apparently, Web site no longer available -- April, 1999
      Part of WorldWide Net Inc.; Web site states that "information is updated daily."




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