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Dangers & Annoyances

  • While it hardly feels like it, Belarus is a police state. This means that dangers are pretty much nonexistent, while most annoyances come in the form of bureaucratic hurdles such as the requirement to register.
  • The police used to stop tourists to check their papers, but that practice is long gone in the new, more open Belarus. The police are downright friendly, in fact, although they will not hesitate to ticket you for the pettiest of crimes – jaywalking in particular. If you get nabbed, you can pay your fine (about BYN22) at most banks.