Belarus

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

The local currency is the Belarusian rouble or RBB.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Belarus , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

From 9 AM to 12 AM and from 2 PM to 6 PM. Schedules are sticked up on the door of the stores and they vary with the store. During the week, all stores open from 9 AM to 7 PM. Some grocery stores open on Sunday and on holidays but they close earlier. Weekly days off: Saturday and Sunday.



Transportation

Road
Police and customs controls are very long when crossing borders between Poland, Lithuania and Belarus. To drive by night, even on main roads, is not recommended (few roadsigns). The frequent abuse of alcohol while driving makes the journeys dangerous. Supply in fuels is satisfactory. The Green card is required for foreigners.



Rail
Old. Watch luggage and documents and lock the door of the compartment during the night.

Air
There are few domestic flights. Planes are generally old and not confortable and the procedures of maintenance are not scrupulously respected.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .by



Basic conversation guide

Yes = Da
No = Net
Thank you = Spasibo
Hello = Zdravstvuyte
Goodbye = Do svidaniya
I do not understand = Ya ne ponimayu
How much does this cost ? = Skolko eto stoit?
I would like to buy. please = Ya hotel by kupit...
Do you accept the credit card ? = Vy prynymaete kreditnye kartochky?
Where is...? = Gde?
Post office = Pochta
bank = Bank
Police station = Militsiya
Pharmacy = Apteka
Airport = Aeroport
Train station = Vokzal
One ticket to. please = Odin bilet do...
Would you have any available room for tonight ? = Svobodnye mesta na sevodnya est?.

 


Languages spoken

The official languages of Byelorussia are Russian and Byelorussian which are spoken by 80% of the population. It is important to note that other languages are also used in this country such as Polish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Yiddish.


Last modified in January 2006
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