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Driving in Belarus

Population: 9,498,700
Area: 207,595 Km sq
Currency: Belarusian ruble
  • Victory Square in Minsk
  • Mir Castle
  • Gomel Palace and Park
  • National Library of Belarus
  • National Park "Braslav Lakes"
  • Brest Fortress
  • Nesvizh Castle and Curch
  • Belarus National Museum
  • The Cathedral of Holy Spirit
  • Town Hall of Mogilev


Driving licence:

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.

Important documents:

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.

  • Priority

    Rules follow those in the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna 1968).

  • Warning of approach

    No information


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:

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.

Snow chains:

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).

Speed limits:

In built-up areas: 60 km/h
In residential zones: 20 km/h

Outside built-up areasMotorcycleCarVehicle with trailer exceeding 3.5tLorry
Motorway90 km/h110 km/h90 km/h90 km/h
National road90 km/h90 km/h70 km/h70 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:

  • Traffic lights

    The international 3-colour traffic light system is used.

Drink/drug driving

  • Legal limit

    The blood alcohol content limit in Belarus is 0.00% for all drivers.

  • Alcohol

    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.

Source: All information in this document is sourced from the AIT (Alliance Internationale de Tourisme) & the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and, to the best of the RAC’s knowledge, is correct at the time of publication (May 2016).
Still current at:
19th Feb 2017
Updated at:
30th Jan 2017
Latest update:
Latest update: Entry requirements section (Visas) – from 12 February 2017, all British National passport holders can enter Belarus for a maximum of 5 days without a visa; entry and exit will only be allowed at Minsk International Airport and you’ll need to show documentary evidence of medical insurance to the value of 10,000 euros and evidence of funds equivalent to 25 euros per day; if you’re travelling immediately from/to a Russian airport, you’ll need a visa

You’ll 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 or when you arrive at Minsk airport under the visa-free regime. 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.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Office: British Embassy Minsk
Street Address: 37 Karl Marx Street
ZIP Code: 220030
City: Minsk
Country: Belarus

Telephone: (+375-17) 2105920~22
Fax: (+375-17) 2292306/111