Travel Information for Belarus
Time zone:GMT +2 (Eastern European time)
Daylight savings:GMT +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Main languages:Belarusian, Russian
Currency: Belarusian rubles (BYR)

1 = Br22367, $1 = Br20045, £1 = Br26657

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.byInternational Dialling Code:    375

For help planning your trip to Belarus including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Belarus trip planning page.

Further information on Belarus

Discover more about Belarus - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of belarus

Total area: 207,600 sq km (0 sq km under water)

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Neighbours (border lengths): Latvia (171km), Lithuania (680km), Poland (605km), Russia (959km), Ukraine (891km)

Highest mountain: Dzyarzhynskaya Hara (346m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Belarus from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 125/167
Economic FreedomRepressed 153/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 155/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 119/174
Overall Ranking:    156/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Belarus     Status: Independent Country

Population: 9,608,058 (rank: 92/196)     Density: 46.2 people/sq km (rank: 134/196)

Ethnic groups: Belarusian 81.2%, Russian 11.4%, Polish 3.9%, Ukrainian 2.4%, other 1.1% (1999 census)

Religions: Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20% (1997 est.)

GDP (PPP): $150.4 billion       GDP per capita: $16,100 (rank: 66/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.