DRIVING IN BELARUS

RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Please read this guide for information before you start driving in Belarus.

  • Always drive on the righthand lane.

  • Seatbelts must be worn by all occupants at all times.

  • Children under 12 years of age aren’t allowed to travel in the front seat. They must also be seated in a suitable child restraint.

  • Drinking and driving are strictly forbidden and you are not allowed any alcohol in your system whilst driving.

  • Use of mobile phones whilst driving is not allowed.

  • You must use dipped headlights during the day between November and March

  • If you are driving in rural areas late at night watch out for unlit ponies and traps.

  • It’s illegal to drive a dirty car

  • No security camera warning devices allowed. 

  • If you commit a driver offence whilst in Belarus, you will receive an on the spot fine.

  • Third-party insurance is compulsory

SPEED LIMITS

  • 20 km/h in residential areas

  • 60 km/h in built-up areas

  • 90 km/h on open roads

  • 110 km/h on most motorways

  • But if you’ve held your licence for less than two years, you shouldn’t exceed 70 km/h

THINGS TO BRING ALONG

  • Full UK driving licence

  • An International Driving Permit

  • Winter tyres (with chains if thick snow)

  • A warning triangle inside the car in case of a breakdown

  • A first aid kit

  • A fire extinguisher

  • A Green Card is compulsory to back up your insurance documents

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • If you are driving in Belarus in the winter the use of winter tyres might be necessary especially if there is ice or snow on the roads. Always drive slower and with extra care when in these conditions.

  • There is a road tax charge at the border. How much you pay depends on how long you plan to stay.

  • Toll charges have been introduced on the main motorways of Belarus. You need to get an onboard unit (OBU) when you drive in Belarus to pay for the tolls. This is done by adding funds to your OBU account. You can purchase OBU’S at petrol stations and border checkpoints or online. Failure to do so whilst travelling on toll roads will result in you being charged a fine of €100.

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