About Belarus

Articles dedicated to Belarus history, Belarus politics, Belarus economy, Belarus culture and other issues and Belarus tourist destinations.
The history of Bobruisk

The history of Bobruisk

updated on 28.01.2019

Bobruisk is based on the Bobruika river which was once very full of beavers (bobr = beaver). First mentioned in the chronicles in 1387, Bobruisk had... Read full article

Oshmyany or Oszmyana

Oshmyany or Oszmyana

updated on 25.03.2018

The name of the city most likely originates from a term used by the Crusaders for a town with wooden houses. They put Oshmyany to a siege in 1384. Read full article

GeoTag privacy policy

updated on 20.11.2017

GeoTag for Android Privacy Policy
Andrei Burdenkov had the GeoTag app built as a ad-free app. Read full article


updated on 28.05.2017

Telekhany – a township on the Aginsky Canal, a locality center. It is 45 km away from the nearest train station in Ivatsevichy. Read full article

The history of Zhlobin or Zlobin, Gomel region

The history of Zhlobin or Zlobin, Gomel region

updated on 30.03.2017

Zhlobin is located in Gomel region, 220 km away from Minsk and 93 away from Gomel.  Read full article

GeoTag your travel pictures on Android!

updated on 09.08.2016

GeoTag was designed to operate on Android smartphones as a camera with coordinates on the screen. Read full article

Jewish Resistance Museum in Novogrudok

Jewish Resistance Museum in Novogrudok

updated on 06.08.2016

The occupation of Novogrudok and the area started almost immediately after the Nazi attack on the Soviet Union. According to the survivors, bombings ... Read full article

Stolbtsy and Novy Sverzhen

Stolbtsy and Novy Sverzhen

updated on 04.08.2016

The most credible legend about the city origin says it was a merchant crossing and an overnight place. To reinforce the marshy banks... Read full article

Sopotskin or Sapatkin

Sopotskin or Sapatkin

updated on 22.06.2016

Many centuries ago thick forests around Sopotskin were home to yatviag tribes - of which only burial mounds and pagan worshipping sites remain today. Read full article

The history of Lida

The history of Lida

updated on 28.11.2015

One of the oldest cities in Grodno area, the city of Lida is based on the Lideya River. The area was a borderline between the tribes that now make Lithuanians... Read full article

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How do I apply for a Belarus tourist visa?
updated on 13.02.2017

Applying at their local Belarus Consulate, the citizens of migration-secure states (e.g. the USA, Canada, Japan and others) can obtain a short-term...

Filling in Belarus visa application
updated on 18.02.2020

The form of application for a visa to Belarus has become digital and you can save and send it as a PDF file. It is only a 2-page document that is available...

Anything I should know about landing in MSQ Minsk Airport?
updated on 08.02.2017

Quite a number of things, as a matter of fact. Let’s examine a typical case from my travel agent’s past with a traveler landing in Minsk Airport (MSQ) and applying for a visa...

How do I apply for a Belarus private/guest visa?
updated on 01.02.2017

People, who want to travel to Belarus to see a friend, take care of the grave of a relative, take part in the court hearings, etc. need to apply for a private visa... 

Tour Belarus for family research
updated on 16.05.2013

This article covers field family research in Belarus that in most cases comes after dealing with the State archives of Belarus and genealogical research.

Using a plastic card in Belarus?
updated on 14.10.2016

A plastic card is a fine thing, no doubt, but there have been a number of cases when the ATM displayed ERROR, or required a PIN code...

Traditional souvenirs from Belarus?
updated on 18.10.2016

While most tourists agree that Belarus is not the country for grand shopping, there are still some things that can be brought back as souvenirs...