Information & Facts
25a Francisk Skorina Avenue
Russian and Belarussian are both official languages, with
the majority speaking Russian.
The currency is the Belarussian ruble (BYR), which is equal to
100 kopeks. There are no coins in circulation (plastic cards and
tokens are used for the metro and public telephones). Currency and
travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks and official bureaux
de changes in Minsk and the larger towns. US Dollars and Euros are
preferred and some currencies may not be accepted. Exchange offices
may reject old/damaged notes and it is advisable to keep all
receipts for exchange transactions as these may be required on
departure, or when re-converting your leftover rubles. Mastercard
and Visa are accepted at the larger hotels and tourist restaurants,
but American Express and Discovery cards are not accepted at all.
ATMs are widely accessible in major towns and banking hours are
weekdays from 9am to 5pm.
Daily 11am to 7pm
Local time is GMT +2. (GMT +3 from last Sunday in March to
last Sunday in October).