Country-specific travel advice
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Driving in Belarus
A valid UK photocard licence is accepted. For other UK licences an International Driving Permit is recommended.
A foreign driving licence does not entitle the holder to drive/ride in Belarus until the age of 18yrs old.
International Driving permits (1949, 1968) are recognised.
When driving in Belarus the following documents should be carried:
- Full, valid driving licence*
- Proof of insurance/green card (third party or above)
- International Driving Permit (see driving licence section)
- Proof of ID (passport)
- Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)
While driving in Belarus you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items:
- Headlamp beam deflectors: depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually
- Warning triangle: compulsory on-board all cars
- Fire extinguisher/first aid kit: Compulsory on board all private vehicles
- Motorcyclists: motorcyclists and their passengers must wear a helmet
Rules of the road & regulations
Rules of the road:
- Overtaking & passing
Drive on the right, overtake on the left.
Rules follow those in the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna 1968).
- Warning of approach
Caravans and camper vans may be temporarily imported provided an undertaking is made with the Customs that they will be exported on time.
Seat belts must be worn on the front seats of cars.
Travelling with children:
Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to travel on the front seats of cars.
Winter tyres are compulsory during the winter period, even for vehicles registered outside Belarus.
Spiked/studded tyres and snow chains are allowed during the winter period. There is no special speed limit for cars with spiked tyres, but cars equipped with such tyres must have a sign at the back so that drivers following can keep a safe distance (to allow for reduced braking distance).
In built-up areas: 60 km/h
In residential zones: 20 km/h
|Outside built-up areas||Motorcycle||Car||Vehicle with trailer exceeding 3.5t||Lorry|
|Motorway||90 km/h||110 km/h||90 km/h||90 km/h|
|National road||90 km/h||90 km/h||70 km/h||70 km/h|
Radar detectors are prohibited in Belarus and must be disconnected on arrival at the border.
- On-the-spot fines
The police can fine motorists and demand payment on-the-spot for minor traffic offences.
- Parking regulations
Regulations follow the provisions of the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna, 1968).
There are no parking meters in Belarus.
- Enforcement of parking regulations
Illegally parked vehicles may be towed away by the police. Fines are recorded and doubled when a second parking offence has been committed.
- Disabled parking access
There are no parking spaces reserved for disabled motorists in Belarus.
- Traffic lights
The international 3-colour traffic light system is used.
- Legal limit
The blood alcohol content limit in Belarus is 0.00% for all drivers.
The police have the right to stop drivers and test them for alcohol.
Availability of fuel
Some petrol stations in Minsk are open 24hrs. Leaded petrol is not available. There are four grades of unleaded petrol.
- Means of payment
Foreigners can pay for petrol by credit card or cash.
Useful guides and maps
Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe
Download a copy of our full Driving Abroad report.
What RAC can do for you
RAC offers great-value, flexible European breakdown cover tailored to meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings.
RAC can cover you against vehicle break down in Europe, with options available to suit your travelling requirements.
RAC European breakdown cover Basic and Comprehensive cover provides you with a wide range of benefits.
- Still current at:
- 26th Oct 2016
- Updated at:
- 23rd Sep 2016
- Latest update:
- Latest update: Safety and security section (Road travel) – some foreign nationals have been prevented from crossing the border between Belarus and Russia when travelling by road, particularly on the M1 Highway to/from Smolensk; if you’re planning to travel by road between Belarus and Russia you should consider seeking an alternative route
From 26 December 2015 all British nationals will need to have valid medical insurance before travelling to Belarus. You’ll be asked to provide proof of your insurance when you apply for your visa. Contact the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus for full details of what’s required.
There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
Around 4,000 British nationals visit Belarus every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.