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Belarus offers a tranquility that will make your staying here safe and pleasant. The Belarusian people are warm and hospitable. The county has always been on the cross-roads of cultures and civilizations. Minsk lies on a direct route between Warsaw and Moscow. Daily trains serve several major Eastern and Western cities, including Berlin, Paris, Kiev, Moscow, Prague, Riga, St. Petersburg, Vilnius, and Warsaw. Minsk has two airports. Minsk I is within the city limits and primarily serves smaller domestic flights. Minsk II is an easy 40-minute drive outside the city and serves international flights. The airlines that service Minsk are: Lufthansa, Austrian Air, LOT, Estonian Air, El Al, and Belavia. All foreign nationals must be officially registered with the Office of State Registration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Staying of foreign nationals in the Republic of Belarus is regulated by special Rules. Incompliance entails official reprimand or deportation. Detailed information is available from the International Relations Office.  

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ HEALTH SERVICE

All foreign nationals entering Belarus must purchase medical insurance for the entire period of staying in the country regardless of any other insurance one might have. The system of medical insurance ensures foreign citizens all type of medical help excluding dentistry. The BSU International Relations Office personnel can assist with the required medical insurance.

For further information on medical insurance and foreign insurance companies eligible in the Republic of Belarus browse “Belgosstrakh” on http://www.belgosstrakh.by

See also Costs of medical insurance

LIVINING IN MINSK

Private rented accommodation in Minsk is relatively easy to find. The cost of $200 - $350 is conditioned by comfort and location. The International Relations Office will provide independent advice on real estate agencies.

Visit the following links to learn the city: http://www.kartaminska.by.ru, http://www.minskoldnew.com, http://bymetro.narod.ru

MINSK

Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is today a clean manageable city of beautiful well-kept parks, and wide streets. As the political, economic, cultural, and social center of Belarus, with a population of 1.7 million, the city supports respected academic and cultural institutes of higher learning; modern sports facilities; tranquil botanical gardens; and innumerable museums, theaters, and arenas. Minsk is replete with outstanding, yet inexpensive opportunities for the performing arts, including topnotch opera, ballet, music, theater, folk music and dance, and even a year-round circus. Art and photographic exhibitions are frequent and varied. There is little crime in Minsk, yet visiting city outskirts and smaller neighborhoods at late hours is not recommended. It is required that you have an identification and copy of your passport with you.

CITY TRANSPORT

Minsk has a well-developed network of public transportation that is inexpensive and reliable, although often crowded at rush hours. It operates from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. In addition to a modern metro, the system includes buses, trolley buses, and trams. Monthly and decade passes are available. Public transport tickets can be obtained from kiosks or transport conductors. Taxi services are available 24 hours a day, but require some Russian language to call the radio dispatcher or to give the driver instructions. Fares should be metered or negotiated in advance. Tipping is not customary or expected.

COMMUNICATIONS

The country code for Belarus is 375; the city code for Minsk is 17. Some areas of Minsk have been updated to touch-tone dialing, but most of the country is still on the pulse dial system. Calls from telephone booths require calling cards which can be used for local and long-distance calls (from universal phone booths). There is also a wide network of communication service in Minsk.

CLOTHING

Clothing requirements are relatively informal, but must take into consideration the weather. Winters are wet, windy, and cold. Icy sidewalks can be slick. Spring and autumn are sometimes rainy. Summer temperatures are usually mild. A supply of warm indoor winter clothing is recommended. Winter outdoor wear should include warm hats, scarves, gloves, wool socks, insulated waterproof boots with good tread, and a heavy coat.

MONEY

The official currency of Belarus is the Belarusian ruble. Currency is issued in denominations ranging from 10 to 100,000 rubles. There are no coins. Money changing booths and kiosks are found on most major streets and in banks, larger restaurants, department stores, and markets. There is a growing number of ATM’s throughout Minsk. These accept Eurocard/Mastercard and VISA and a few will distribute foreign currency.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

·     Emergency Service - 101 ·    Militia – 102 ·     Ambulance – 103

You can dial free from any telephone booth!