Our Belarusian office

Inter Relocation Group Ltd.

1068 Budapest,
Felsőerdősor u.
12-14. I. em. 4.
Hungary (Group Partner)

Contact
Stuart McAlister – Managing Director
Tel.: +36 1 278-5680
Fax: +36 1 278-5688
Email: info@interrelo.com
Responsible for: Operations in Belarus

Belarus Relocation Guide

Key Facts

Government type: Presidential republic
Capital: Minsk
Total Area: 207,595 km2
Population: 9,481,000

GDP Per Capita (PPP) $18,882
Official languages: Belarusian, Russian
Religions: Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20%
Country code: +375
Currency: Belarusian ruble (BYR)
Voltage: 220 V

Brief Overview

The Republic of Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the North and East, Ukraine to the South, Poland to the West and Lithuania and Latvia to the North and West. This former Soviet Republic is now a unitary, democratic, social state based on the rule of law.

Agriculture and industrial production are the strongest sectors of the economy, but Belarus is also known for its engineering, forestry, chemical, construction and mining industries. Forests cover one-third of the country’s territory and the lumber industry is of primary economic impor­tance. With only small reserves of petroleum and natural gas of its own, Belarus imports most of its oil and gas. Its main exports are machinery and consumer goods.

Religion here is predominantly split between two Christian denominations: Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholicism. However, other religions, including Protestantism, Islam and Judaism, are also well represented in the country.

Culture

The people of Belarus are known for their exceptional hospitality, friendliness and unique culture rooted deep in the past.
Belarusian and Russian are official languages. With 70% of the population using it at home, Russian is a dominant language. In everyday life, people often speak a mixture of Russian and Belarusian, particularly prominent in rural areas.

Belarusian literature has been developing for centuries and by now has grown into a symbol of national identity. The literary heritage of the country is based on works by numerous poets who are regarded by right as genuinely classical authors.

Immigration

To enter Belarus, a foreign citizen must obtain a visa.
Entry visas are classified into transit visas (to transit across Belarus), short-term visas and long-term visas. There are single-, double- and multiple-entry visas. Foreign citizens must register at local bodies of internal affairs within five days upon arrival to Belarus (Russian, Armenian and Kazakh nationals can register within 30 days).

Rental Market

Minsk is the central hub for expats relocating to Belarus. Nowadays, the city offers wide streets, modern and ancient architectural features, fountains, shady parks and green boulevards.

The capital also has a broad range of new apartments and residential complexes to choose from. Most apart­ments are situated in the heart of Minsk near metro stations, saving the time on the daily commute.

Nezavisimosti avenue, Lenina Str., Karla Marksa Str. and Nemiga Str. are a few areas that are the most attractive for expats with lots of shops, cafes and restaurants located there.

Infrastructure

Behind the city’s pristine and regimented exterior, there are exceptional restaurants, modern bars and clubs to rival those of any major city around the world. Culture is also thriving in the capital offering everything from opera to experimental dance.
With the active development of sports, there is no shortage of professional gyms and sport centres in Minsk.

Schools

Minsk has many schools offering quality education as well as supportive and encouraging environments to help children achieve personal, physical, and academic excellence.
Currently, there is only one international school located in the capital: QSI International School of Minsk.

Health Care

There are various medical centres and institutions, mainly located in the capital, the majority of which are private. These centres are equipped with modern and innovative medical equipment and employ multilingual (Russian & English languages) and very cooperative staff.

Key Facts

Government type: Presidential republic
Capital: Minsk
Total Area: 207,595 km2
Population: 9,481,000

GDP Per Capita (PPP) $18,882
Official languages: Belarusian, Russian
Religions: Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20%
Country code: +375
Currency: Belarusian ruble (BYR)
Voltage: 220 V

Brief Overview

The Republic of Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the North and East, Ukraine to the South, Poland to the West and Lithuania and Latvia to the North and West. This former Soviet Republic is now a unitary, democratic, social state based on the rule of law.

Agriculture and industrial production are the strongest sectors of the economy, but Belarus is also known for its engineering, forestry, chemical, construction and mining industries. Forests cover one-third of the country’s territory and the lumber industry is of primary economic impor­tance. With only small reserves of petroleum and natural gas of its own, Belarus imports most of its oil and gas. Its main exports are machinery and consumer goods.

Religion here is predominantly split between two Christian denominations: Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholicism. However, other religions, including Protestantism, Islam and Judaism, are also well represented in the country.

Culture

The people of Belarus are known for their exceptional hospitality, friendliness and unique culture rooted deep in the past.
Belarusian and Russian are official languages. With 70% of the population using it at home, Russian is a dominant language. In everyday life, people often speak a mixture of Russian and Belarusian, particularly prominent in rural areas.

Belarusian literature has been developing for centuries and by now has grown into a symbol of national identity. The literary heritage of the country is based on works by numerous poets who are regarded by right as genuinely classical authors.

Immigration

To enter Belarus, a foreign citizen must obtain a visa.
Entry visas are classified into transit visas (to transit across Belarus), short-term visas and long-term visas. There are single-, double- and multiple-entry visas. Foreign citizens must register at local bodies of internal affairs within five days upon arrival to Belarus (Russian, Armenian and Kazakh nationals can register within 30 days).

Rental Market

Minsk is the central hub for expats relocating to Belarus. Nowadays, the city offers wide streets, modern and ancient architectural features, fountains, shady parks and green boulevards.

The capital also has a broad range of new apartments and residential complexes to choose from. Most apart­ments are situated in the heart of Minsk near metro stations, saving the time on the daily commute.

Nezavisimosti avenue, Lenina Str., Karla Marksa Str. and Nemiga Str. are a few areas that are the most attractive for expats with lots of shops, cafes and restaurants located there.

Infrastructure

Behind the city’s pristine and regimented exterior, there are exceptional restaurants, modern bars and clubs to rival those of any major city around the world. Culture is also thriving in the capital offering everything from opera to experimental dance.
With the active development of sports, there is no shortage of professional gyms and sport centres in Minsk.

Schools

Minsk has many schools offering quality education as well as supportive and encouraging environments to help children achieve personal, physical, and academic excellence.
Currently, there is only one international school located in the capital: QSI International School of Minsk.

Health Care

There are various medical centres and institutions, mainly located in the capital, the majority of which are private. These centres are equipped with modern and innovative medical equipment and employ multilingual (Russian & English languages) and very cooperative staff.

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