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EMBASSY/CONSULATE ADDRESSES

Diplomatic Representation in US:
Ambassador: Vacant
Embassy: 1619 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC
20009
Telephone: [1] (202) 986-1606
FAX: [1] (202) 986-1805

Consulate(s) General are in:
New York
708 3rd Av., Suite 2101,
New York, NY 10017.
(212) 682-5392 , FAX (212) 682-5491

US Diplomatic Representation:
Ambassador: Chargé d'Affaires--Ethan Goldrich
Embassy: 46 Starovilenskaya St., Minsk 220002, Belarus
Mailing Address: use embassy street address
Telephone: (375) 17 210-12-83
Fax: (375) 17 234-78-53



Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for Belarus
Embassy of Belarus in Washington, United States of America
Embassy of the United States of America in Belarus


FOREIGN RELATIONS

The United States established diplomatic relations with Belarus in 1991, following its independence from the Soviet Union. Belarus has been led by the authoritarian Alyaksandr Lukashenka since 1994. Bilateral relations cooled following his election and have remained at a low level, despite U.S. efforts with the European Union to set benchmarks for improving Belarus' human rights and electoral practices. The United States calls for new presidential and parliamentary elections that comply with Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe standards, and for the release and rehabilitation of all political prisoners. The United States has imposed a variety of sanctions against Belarusian officials and entities.

U.S. Assistance to Belarus

U.S. Government assistance to Belarus focuses on supporting the Belarusian people in achieving a government that respects their democratic rights and fundamental freedoms. A fact sheet on U.S. assistance to Belarus can be found here.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The U.S. Government continues to support the development of the private sector in Belarus and its transition to a free-market economy. Under the Lukashenka regime, Belarusian authorities have pursued a generally hostile policy toward the private sector and have refused to initiate the basic economic reforms necessary to create a market-based economy. Most of the Belarusian economy remains under government control. The U.S. Government currently does not encourage U.S. companies to invest in Belarus. Belarus' opaque legal and regulatory systems do not create a business environment the U.S. Government recommends for investment.

Belarus's Membership in International Organizations

Belarus and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. Belarus also is an observer to the World Trade Organization.

Bilateral Representation

There currently is no U.S. Ambassador to Belarus; the U.S. Charge d'Affaires is Ethan Goldrich. Belarus has capped the presence of U.S. diplomats, stationed or visiting for technical or administrative support, at five. Other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Belarus maintains an embassy in the United States at 1619 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009 (tel. 202-986-1604).

More information about Belarus is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Belarus Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Belarus Page
U.S. Embassy: Belarus
USAID Belarus Page
History of U.S. Relations With Belarus
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Office of Foreign Assets Control Sanctions Page
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information





TRAVEL ADVISORIES

To obtain the latest Travel Advisory Information for Belarus check the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet


TRAVEL TIPS

Driving U.S Driving Permit accepted
Currency (BYB/BYR) Belarusian Ruble
Electrical 220 Volts
Telephones Country Code 375



Money
The money in Belarus are called "rubel" though Russian variant of the name "ruble" can be (and is) used with relation to Belarusian money .
Currently there are notes ranging from 1 to 20 000 rubles. No coins are used in Belarus for circulation. Only a small amount of commemorative coins is produced.

For the use in metro there are special plastic cards and tokens. Smart cards (plastic cards with microchips) are used for public payphones.

There are not many vending machines in Belarus and if there is one – tokens will be sold somewhere at the nearby newspaper stand or other small retailer.

Telephone
If you are planning to call to Belarus from abroad it may be a good idea to purchase a calling card from a company that specializes in calls to this part of the world. For example, while calls via larger phone companies to Belarus can cost you from US$ 1.5 to $3.0 per minute, a calling card from zvonok.com or Primus would cost you less than $ 0.30.

Calling Belarus
You can call from Belarus directly to practically any country of the world. For international calls you have to dial "8", then wait for the tone, then dial "10" + code of the country you are calling to + area code + phone number.

Calls to the numbers within Belarus are made using different procedures, depending from what type of phone you are calling - landline or mobile.

If you are calling from a Belarusian cell phone: Just dial a 7-digit phone number both for landline and mobile numbers.

If you are calling from a landline phone: To call to another landline phone within the same area code you only dial a 7-digit number. To call to a Belarusian mobile phone you have to dial 8, then wait for the tone, then dial 029, and only then the 7-digit phone number.

For your information:
Area code for mobile phones is 029 (if dialed from abroad zero is omitted). Most mobile numbers in Belarus start with 6, 7 or 4 (and then other 6 digits).


CUSTOMS/DUTIES


Tobacco....1000 cigarettes or 1000 grams of tobacco products

Liquor....2 litres of alcoholic beverages

Perfume....reasonable amount for personal use

Other goods.... up to a value of us$2,000

Note: on entering the country, tourist must complete a customs declaration form which must be retained until departure. this records the import of articles intended for personal use, including curency and valuables. customs inspections can be long and detailed.

Prohibited imports:
military weapons and ammunition, narcotics and drug paraphenalia, photographs and printed matter directed against belarus, live animals (subject to permit) and fruit and vegetables.



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