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How To Enjoy ‘Europe’s Last Dictatorship’? Tips For Tourists Travelling To Belarus

The number of tourists to Belarus is gradually growing. So is the number of articles in the foreign media about 5 visa-free days in “Europe’s Last Dictatorship”.

Journalists share how they endulged in Soviet nostalgia and tickled their nerves with a sense of hidden danger.

However, tourists driven to Belarus by this vivid and long-living metaphors, often remain deluded.

They don’t get controlled, don’t see striking poverty and don’t even get followed by KGB!

Inspired by the tips on the right reports about Belarus from our colleagues, BelarusFeed has come up with a guide that will help tourists enjoy every bit of “Europe’s Last Dictatorship” and don’t get disappointed in their expectations.

1. Prepare!

Watch as many videos and read as many articles about Belarus in the Western media as you can find.

Pay close attention to Alexander Lukashenko’s eyes in the photos – imagine he is scrutinizing you and keep that chilly feeling in mind during your stay.

2. Don’t speak in a loud voice, smile and look around at the airport

Avoid looking at border guards.

Don’t step out of the line – or you will be arrested and sent out of the country immediately.

3. Visit the Victory Square, take a trip to Stalin’s line and go to museum of the Great Patriotic War

There is nothing else to see in the country.

Don’t forget to take a picture with Lenin’s monuments.

The more, the better!

4. Count police and the military in the streets

Start photographing and filming or take a selfie with them.

Then they will surely  approach and ask what you are doing.

5. Avoid bar streets

There are happy people, dances and music – surely all just a sham and a cover up for dictatorship.

In reality, Belarusians don’t go out as they are not allowed to.

6. Keep looking around! 

There is surely a KGB guy behind, filming your every step.

7. Ask every Belarusian you meet how it feels living in Europe’s last dictatorship

If they look puzzled or refuse to respond, it means they were intimidated by secret police.

8. Go to Tsentralny, GUM or TSUM

Take pictures and then tell your friends that all shops in Belarus are like that.

9. If you decide to take a ride in the metro, take a huge rucksack or bag with you

It is a perfect way to get examined by security.

10. Buy vodka as a souvenir

After all, what else can you bring from the world’s drunkest country?

See also: 7 Not-To-Do Things You Are To Mind To Avoid Getting In Trouble In Belarus


Photo: Jo Turner/Vice, TUT.BY, Maksim Pushkin