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Belarus

Attention:  This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements.  Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.

The documents required for bringing a pet to the Republic of Belarus:

Certification of Veterinarian's Examination Statement confirmed by a local veterinary office is required. The documents are also needed that show that the pet has received all the vaccination necessary for international travel (the list of vaccines is available through most local veterinaries). The vaccination should be made not later than 2 weeks before travel (i.e. 5 days before travel is not OK, and this is strictly enforced).

The customs will charge the traveler a customs processing fee for every pet. The fee is quite nominal and currently is about 7 US dollars. Technically translations (to Russian/Belarusian) are required for the documents but this is normally not enforced. If a person arrives with a pet and documents are in English and not translated most of times there will be no problems. Certainly a translation of the pet's documents will make travel more calm and easy.

Upon arrival to Belarus pets need to be registered with a local veterinary service within one month of arrival.

It is generally possible to travel with a pet in local buses, trains and airplanes but better check with appropriate carrier about their policy.

It is also possible to stay with a pet in some hotels and this also needs to be confirmed by hotels directly in each particular case.

 

 

 

Belarus is a vast steppe straddling the shortest route between Moscow and the Polish border. Wide stretches of unbroken birch groves, vast forested marshlands and wooden villages amid rolling green and black fields give it a haunting beauty. If you're prepared for it, travel in winter is recommended: the snow makes for a picturesque landscape and the insides of buildings are kept warm. Avoid, though, the first snows (usually in late October) and the spring thaws (April), which turn everything to slush and mud. Early summer and autumn are many people's favorite periods for visiting Belarus. By May temperatures are pleasant, while the golden autumnal colors of September and early October are stunning. July and August are the warmest months and the main holiday season. These are also the dampest months in most parts of Belarus and European Russia, with as many as one rainy day in three. It's always low season in Belarus, so don't fret too much about being overwhelmed by your fellow tourists.

 

Capital: Minsk

Official languages: Belarusian, Russian

Currency: Rouble (BYR)

 

Climate

Belarus has a continental climate which becomes marginally more severe as you move from southwest to northeast. Average January temperatures are between -4°C and -8°C (25-18°F), and there's frost on the ground 7 to 8 months of the year. The warmest month is July, when temperatures normally reach 19°C (66°F). It's wettest in June and August, and there's snow cover from December to April.

 

Geography

Belarus is landlocked, relatively flat, and contains large tracts of marshy land. Lakes and rivers punctuate the country. The largest marsh territory is Polesie, which is among the largest marshes in Europe. There are 11,000 lakes in Belarus, but the majority of the lakes are smaller than 0.5 square kilometres (124 acres). Three major rivers run through the country; the Neman River, the PripyatRiver, and the Dnepr River. Belarus' highest point is Dzyarzhynskaya Hara (Dzyarzhynsk Hill), 345 metres (1,132 ft), and its lowest point is on the Neman River, 90 metres (295 ft).