Money and Exchange Rates

Local Currency

The Belarusian ruble, the local currency of Belarus, is not a fully convertible currency, so you won’t be able to get any before you arrive in the country. The official currency of the Republic of Belarus is available in:

  • banknotes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500  rubles;
  • coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 kopecks, and 1 and 2 rubles.

The currency code for Rubles is BYR, and the currency symbol is p. Payment is only accepted in Belarusian rubles. First, read these budget travel tips to help you save money while travelling in Belarus, then read on to discover how to manage your travel funds. Official exchange rate of the Belarusian ruble against foreign currencies set by the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus on a daily basis. 

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ATMs and Exchange Rates

ATMs and exchange offices are not difficult to find. Bank offices, supermarkets, shopping malls, bus and train stations, hotels are common places. Worldwide ATM cards are accepted, the most commonly used are Visa and MasterCard. Payment by credit card is possible in most places. Currently there are no problems converting foreign currency into BYR and vice versa. However as the local currency is not fully convertible, you won’t be able to get any before you arrive in the country. Exchange rates for cash slightly differ from one agency to another, but the exchange rate at an ATM machine is determined by your bank based on the official exchange rate in Belarus. Online payment systems are also available in Belarus. American Express traveler's checks are no longer sold or redeemed in Belarus.

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VAT Refund

At the end of 2012 Belarus has introduced changes to its tax system in order to give VAT refunds to foreign visitors who spend at least BYR 800 in one outlet during a day. Under the system, the VAT will be returned to the purchaser at a border checkpoint on the production of a receipt. At checkpoints where there is no bank office, the money will be returned by bank transfer. Tobacco, alcohol, reduced rate VAT items and souvenirs will not be included in the scheme.

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Cross-border Formalities

Learn about visa regulations, goods transportation, cash movement, and other restrictions that apply when crossing Belarusian border.

Handling Emergencies

Find out what to do in police, fire, and medical emergencies while you are visiting Belarus.

Belarusian Visa Regulations

When planning your trip to Belarus, pay special attention to the information on Belarusian Visa Regulations.