A Comprehensive Guide on Moving to Belarus

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Relocating to Belarus

The Land and Its People

The European country of Belarus has seen a lot of changes over the last few decades, and is becoming an attractive place for people to move to. The country is host to some amazing architecture and a rich cultural history, and offers a way of life very different from that of Western Europe. A friendly and clean country with lots to see and do, moving to Belarus could be the change you’re seeking for yourself, your family and your career.

Belarus is home to some fascinating World Heritage Sites including the Struve Geodetic Arc and the Mir Castle Complex. The city of Minsk is the location of the Belarus Opera and Ballet Theater, with regular shows for music and dance lovers. The country’s museums and galleries showcase the history and culture of the Belarusian people, and make a great day out with the family.

There are also lots of natural sights to see, with a beautiful landscape of countryside, forestry, highlands, and towns. The traditional feel of Belarus and its dedication to an earlier way of life makes it a relaxing and enjoyable place to be. If you’re considering a move to Belarus, you’ll be kept busy as there’s always something to see and do.

Climate in Belarus

Belarus is a mild country for much of the year, with warm summers that tend to reach about 17-18°C. The Eastern European climate has plenty of summer rainfall as well, so prepare for changeable weather all year round. July tends to be the hottest month of the year, and also the driest. In the winter, you’ll need to wrap up against the cold. Heavy snow is very common and the temperature can drop to as little as 8°C. The western side of Belarus has warmer temperatures, but there are parts of the country that see sub-zero temperatures for up to a third of the year. Capital city Minsk can be very cold and icy during the winter months.

Visas for Belarus

As of January 2010, citizens from countries including Armenia, Cuba, Russia and Serbia were granted the ability to enter Belarus without a visa for a stay of 30 days or less. This was extended to 90 days for citizens of Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.

The majority of other countries, and indeed all English speaking countries, still require a visa to enter Belarus. Visas are obtained through the Consulates and Embassies of Belarus in your naturalized country, and must be secured prior to travel, even if you are only visiting as a tourist.

In order to process your application, the authorities require your passport, a photograph and medical insurance in addition to a completed application form. Other stipulations vary depending on your nationality, so you should contact your nearest consulate to clarify exactly what is required before attending.

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