Money & Shopping

Money & Shopping

Belarusian rubles are symbolised by the three letters BYR placed before the price with no intervening space.

Inside Belarus, you can get Belarusian rubles (but not always Euros or US dollars) from automatic bank machines (ATMs) for standard types of credit/debit cards, and you can change US dollars and euros into Belarusian rubles and vice versa at many exchange kiosks in big railway stations and the centres of big cities. Converting Belarusian rubles back into hard currency shortly before departure or once you are outside of Belarus will probably be extremely difficult (except in Lithuania, Latvia, and Moldova). However, if you exchange all your rubles before leaving, any last-minute purchases or fines for overstaying and customs duties have to be paid in Euros or US dollars.

Be very careful: exchange kiosks will not exchange any note that is damaged or marked on but with a commission of 1-2%. Only take relatively new and undamaged foreign money with you.

Most larger supermarkets, stores and hotels have credit card terminals, but smaller shops often do not. Visa and MasterCard are accepted, but American Express is not.

Prices are typically much lower than in Western Europe, especially for supermarket food and service industry. However, hotels and restaurants are not cheaper than Western Europe, and often a lot more expensive than neighbouring Poland.

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