Belarus is known for its forests, hillsides, and Soviet-era architecture. The capital of Minsk features many churches, theatres and art galleries such as the National Art Gallery. Visitors can also explore the country’s national parks, including Belovezhskaya Pushcha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The standards for patient care and medical services in Belarus may differ from your home country. Belarus has a publicly funded health care system and a small private sector. Some healthcare services are also provided by non-governmental organizations. Although some reforms have been made since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, healthcare does not meet international standards. The quality and accessibility of services may vary by region and is often insufficient in rural areas.
In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Belarus require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Due to limited healthcare, medical evacuation to Western Europe will be required for serious health emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Belarus.
Improvements to the pharmaceutical sector in Belarus have been made in recent years and pharmacies are generally widely available in cities. Access to pharmacies can be limited in rural regions. Prescriptions for medications must be obtained from a local doctor.
If you are travelling with medication, check with Belarus’ embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Belarus’ regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.
Roads in urban areas are generally well maintained, but road quality may vary by region. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers in vehicles at all times. Helmets are required for motorcycle drivers and passengers.
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Population: 9.5 million
Official language: Belarusian, Russian
Time zone: Moscow Standard Time (MSK)
Emergency #: 103
Vaccinations required: No
Risk of malaria: No