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Belarus Visa Requirements for Tourists

April 8th, 2011
Though the Soviet Union officially broke up in 1991, in many ways Belarus never left. The country's economy is still primarily owned by the state, and while Belarus is technically a republic, the country has a reputation of being a place where political dissent is an activity that's neither encouraged nor good for one's health. For all that, Belarus' attractions beckon both city people and nature lovers alike. The cities thrive with excellent nightlife, and the natural parks are wild and impressive. Plus, there's the Belarusian people themselves. Lonely Planet says that "while travelers will always be subject to curiosity, they'll invariably also be on the receiving end of extremely warm hospitality" while in Belarus. Before you can experience that hospitality for yourself, however


Belarus Embassy Requirements to See Mir Castle Complex

October 17th, 2010
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in Belarus. Constructed in the latter part of the 15th century, Mir Castle Complex is like something out of a fairy tale. This stunning castle was expanded and updated in the 16th century, and contains Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements, including turrets, towers and a drawbridge. According to the UNESCO World Heritage site,  "Mir Castle is an exceptional example of a central European castle, reflecting in its design and layout successive cultural influences (Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance) that blend harmoniously to create an impressive monument to the history of this region." Want to check out  Mir Castle? First, you'll need to acquire a visa from the Belarus embassy. Apply before your trip, as you will not be able to


Chris Guillebeau On The Difficulties of Getting a Belarus Visa

August 13th, 2010
Like Russia, Belarus is one of those countries that seems to absolutely revel in bureaucracy. Consequently, if you decide you want to visit, you should be prepared to jump through more hoops than your average circus animal. Even professional travelers can find Belarus' visa system frustrating. For example, it took Chris Guillebeau, a writer/digital nomad who is in the process of visiting every single country in the world, 3 tries to get into Belarus, even using a visa service. From his blog, here's a list of the problems he had on his last, successful attempt: 1. Can not write “OR” for state – must write “OREGON.” 2. Can not write “Oregon” for state – must write “OREGON.” 3. Can not use “#” for “Number” – must write “NUMBER” 4. Digital signa


Belarus Visa Requirements Keep “Art of Nonconformity” Author Out

June 8th, 2010
Poor Chris Guillebeau. The writer behind the popular Art of Nonconformity blog has made it a goal to visit every single country in the world, but thus far, fate has kept him out of Belarus: Twice in the past two months I’ve tried to make it to Belarus, and twice I’ve failed. The first time I was volcanoed, stuck in Vancouver and unable to fly to Europe. This time, I was stuck in Zürich, shut out by a Kafkaesque visa system that denied me entry one day before I was supposed to arrive. "Kafkaesque" is a good way of describing Belarus' visa system, which is inspired by Russia's and equally complex. Whether you are actually visiting Belarus or just passing through, you will need a visa, and if you can't stand the thought of having to change travel plans at the last minute, it wou


Get a Belarus Visa To Get Lost in the Woods of Belovezhskaya Pushcha

February 25th, 2010
This week's UNESCO  World Heritage Site of the Week is the Belovezhskaya Pushcha in Belarus.  This ancient forest is one of the largest, most pristine forests in Europe, consisting of 1,771 square kilometers in Belarus and Poland, where it is called the Białowieża Forest. The forest is home to an amazing variety of creatures, including the wisent, or European bison.  The story of the recovery of the wisent is almost miraculous-the animal actually went extinct in the wild in 1927, when the last one was shot by poachers. However, a small herd was reintroduced in the 1950's, and today there are around 300 in the park. The park is also home to some magnificent oak trees, some over 500 years old.  The forest was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. To visit the Belovezhskay


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