How safe is Belarus to Visit: Safety Measures

How safe is Belarus to visit, statistics and safety measuresVery few things are known about Belarus outside of it, and because of rumors, some people think that it is dangerous.

Here, we would like to show you how safe Belarus really is by comparing it to other countries in the world, as well as what safety measures you need to take to stay safe in Belarus.

Very often, opinion about the whole country is formed by a small incident that happened to one out of dozens of tourists.

While opinions of most of the tourists can be that the country is very safe, they won’t tell about it, the one person that had a bad experience, is usually willing to share this with the others.

So, here is the travel safety statistics by country.

How safe is Belarus: Safety Statistics by Country

Unfortunately, Belarus is not taken into account in several indices measuring the country’s safety. However, we found some statistics representing how safe Belarus really is.

Countries by Intentional Homicide Rate

Murder rates per 100,000 inhabitants by UNODC (United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime), 2014-15

Country

Homicide Rate

South Africa

34,27

Russia

11,31

Lithuania

5,98

USA

4,88

Belarus

3,58

Belgium

1,95

Germany

0,85

Source: UNODC

Countries by Robbery Rate

Robbery Rates per 100,000 inhabitants, 2014

Country

Robbery Rate

Belgium

195,12

United States of America

101,08

Italy

97,59

United Kingdom (England and Wales)

87,52

Lithuania

57,87

Germany

56,39

Russian Federation

54,19

Belarus

25,89

Poland

24,45

Source: UNODC

Safety Index by Country

Safety index assessed by Numbeo website visitors, 2018

Country

Safety Index

Japan

86,9

Switzerland

78,24

Belarus

73,45

Poland

63,77

Germany

63,35

UK

58,8

Russia

54,8

US

50,42

Brazil

29,45

Source: Numbeo

Travel Risk Map

Travel Risk Map by country, 2018

Here, the medical risk for visitors is represented by colors, where green means ‘very safe’, and red means ‘very unsafe’. Here, Belarus has a light green color, which means that it is relatively safe in terms of medical risk.

Country travel risk map, medical risk in Belarus

Source: InternationalSOS

Travel Safety for US Citizens

The new travel advisories for US travelers assigns a safety ranking to each country from 1 to 4, where

  • Level 1 – Exercise Normal Precautions
  • Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution
  • Level 3 – Reconsider Travel
  • Level 4 – Do Not Travel

Safety rates by country, 2018

Country

Safety Rate

Belarus

1

Switzerland

1

Poland

1

Germany

2

France

2

Spain

2

Mexico

2

South Africa

2

Russia

3

Source: US Travel Advisories

As you can see, according to the statistics and indices presented above, Belarus is a very safe country to visit. Below, you can find some information about how safe is Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

How safe is Minsk

Historical center of Minsk

Minsk is the capital of Belarus and the largest city in the country with about 2 million people. Despite being one of the largest cities in Europe, Minsk is a very quiet, clean and safe city to visit with many parks and areas to spend time with the whole family.

Main attractions of Minsk are mostly located in the city center, which is regarded as very safe. As a tourist, you don’t need to visit some less safe residential areas. All major streets are wide and are illuminated when it gets darker. So, even at night, you can feel safe in the capital of Belarus.

Despite being a secure place, it is recommended to take some safety measures and precautions when you visit Belarus.

Safety Measures in Belarus

While number of robberies per population is much lower than in most of the countries, you should exercise normal precautions like not leaving your bag/wallet unattended. It is better if you keep your belongings in sight.

Since the increasing popularity of cycling in Belarus several years ago, and tendency of Belarusian people to buy more expensive and professional bikes, the number of stolen bikes increased. If you rent a bike in Belarus, it is recommended to use good lock or not to leave your vehicle unattended.

Attitude towards Foreigners in Belarus

foreign student in belarus

Despite a large number of attractions, Belarus is not a very well-known country in the tourism industry, as it was an isolated country for quite a while. Currently, the number of tourists visiting it is low, but steadily increasing. Number of immigrants is also relatively low.

Despite the low number of foreigners, Belarusian people are very tolerant and hospitable. Many of them are willing to help foreign guests. Tourists that have visited Belarus, noted and appreciated the special treatment by Belarusian people towards them.

Restrictions in Belarus

Belarus has very similar laws to many European countries. The main difference is that here, they are strictly kept. It means that you can get a fine for crossing the street on the red light, or drinking alcohol in public places.

There is also zero tolerance to drunk-driving, and bribes are very rarely accepted by the traffic police in contrast to neighboring Russia and Ukraine.

You should avoid talking about Belarusian politics, and especially take part in public demonstrations if you want to avoid fines, and severe treatment by the police.

In Belarus, there is a very strict policy against drugs, and you can get to prison for several years even for consuming light drugs.

Taking photographs of anything of military or security interest may result in problems with authorities.

Despite the large number of restrictions and laws, you don’t need to worry about anything if you simply follow the generally accepted rules.

Stay Healthy

When applying for Belarusian visa (if you need one), you are required to have a medical insurance. Health services in Belarus are on a very high level, and the prices are much lower than in EU countries. It led to an increasing interest in Medical Tourism, and a large number of health resorts in Belarus.

Also, due to the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, there is a strict control on the quality of water, food and drinks in the country.

As you can see, Belarus is a very safe country, while you need to take normal safety measures to avoid any kind of problems. Read more on best things to do in Belarus and check our 5-day routes around the country.

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