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Belarus Customs Regulations

There are some things that cannot be imported or exported to/from Belarus by tourists and visitors. The list of such things is rather common with other European countries. You cannot import drugs (narcotics), weapons, explosives, etc. without special permits.

Other things can be imported. However, only a certain amount of goods can be imported without paying customs dues.

A person can import for free only 50 kg (110 lbs) of luggage with the estimated cost of its contents not exceeding 1000 euro (or 80 kg and 1200 for indivisible items). This may include up to 5 kg of foodstuffs (for the CIS residents up to 30 kg during June-October).
A 30 per cent due is levied for extra luggage, but not less than 2 per 1 kg. For luggage exceeding 250 kg or 10000 the dues make up 60 per cent, but not less than 4 per 1 kg.

Within these limits you can bring with you for free:

  • 1 liter of liquors (for persons over 18)
  • 1 liter of beer
  • 200 cigarettes, or 200 grams of tobacco (for persons over 18)
  • 5 jewelry items
  • 3 items made from natural furs or leather
  • 1 watch
  • 4 tires

If you take with you more than that you would be asked to pay the dues in amount of 60 per cent but not less than 4 per kilo (the same regulation applies if you fail to declare such items). For every extra liter of liquors be prepared to pay 20 in dues.

Note that you can bring with you your clothes, laptop, camera, player or other portable devices for your own personal use without restrictions on their cost or weight for free as long as these items are not new (used) and you are not a resident of Belarus. This is stipulated in the Decree of the President of Belarus No.259 dated May 27, 2004, article 10.6 and Annex 2.

One odd thing:
when leaving Belarus with a laptop, CDs, DVDs, diskettes or audio-/video-tapes technically you should present them for inspection up to one week before you travel (in case you have there something threatening the national security of Belarus). This regulation, fortunately, is not strictly enforced.

 


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