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Driving in Belarus

If you're driving in Belarus your checklist requirements are:

  • A valid UK driving licence - both the photo and paper parts
  • An International Driving Permit - find out more here
  • A GB sticker on the back of your car - even if your car has 'Euro-plates' (number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background)
  • Your motor insurance certificate and V5 registration document or hire car paperwork
  • A warning triangle inside the car in case you break down
  • Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you're driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way)
  • A first aid kit
  • A fire extinguisher

You must also:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Make sure everyone in the car wears a seatbelt at all times
  • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle

It's a good idea to have:

  • Spare bulbs for your car's external lights
  • Spark plugs, wiper blades, a fan belt and other basic spares
  • A Green Card - it's a useful back-up to your motor insurance documents and shows you've got the minimum legal level of cover. If you'd like to find out more, contact your insurance company
  • Winter tyres and snow chains

Other things you should know:

  • You'll be charged a road tax at the border. How much you pay depends on how long you plan to stay
  • Not all insurers cover driving in Belarus so check before you go. If not, you must take out short-term motor insurance when driving into the country - third party is the minimum level of cover but we recommend you go for fully comprehensive
  • Unleaded petrol, diesel and LPG are readily available but leaded petrol is not
  • Children under age 12 can't travel in the front seat
  • The speed limit is 60kph in built-up areas, 90kph on open roads and 100kph on motorways, but if you've held your licence for less than two years, you shouldn't exceed 70kph
  • If you're caught committing a driving offence whilst driving through Belarus, you'll be given an on-the-spot fine
  • You must use dipped headlights during the day between November and March
  • If you're driving in rural areas at night, watch out for unlit 'pony & traps'
  • There are often long queues at the border but it's best to ignore the 'private facilitators' offering to get you through
  • It's common for state police to stop drivers and check documents, particularly if your car has foreign plates
  • It's illegal to drive a dirty car

Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

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.

Sources: Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Disclaimer: RAC are not responsible for the content of external websites. The information provided is correct as of August 2009 to the best of our knowledge and should be referred to for information purposes only - it should not be relied upon as formal advice. Please always check the current requirements of the country you are visiting before you leave.

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.

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE - know before you go - fco.gov.uk/travel
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