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Belarus

Your Linesman

Anastasia Lianionva

Anastasia started travelling with a Honda Transalp, driving solo around the Caspian and Black Seas and getting deeper and deeper into offroad each time. Digging the heavy Transalp out of sand finally encouraged her to change it for a KTM 690 Enduro. They are inseparable since then, exploring international and local trails when time allows – the more hardcore the better. Anastasia also rides mx/enduro races and does some PR/SMM for local enduro community, loves photography, videography, testing new ADV bikes and writing about it.

She joined the TET community recently, believing that Belarus has something to offer to an adventure rider!

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ROUTE INFO

May-October is warm enough for camping.
Pryvalka / Raigardas
Russian, Belarusian
Belarusian ruble, BYN (1 EUR - 2,3 BYN)
Firefighters - 101
Police - 102
Medics - 103
It’s allowed to camp in the wild, if the location is not included in a protected area. In protected areas there are special places for camping, sometimes a fee is required.
In 2017 the local environment protection law was updated with an article whereby “touristic trips” are prohibited if they have harmful effects on the environment or there is a threat of such effects. The wording is vague. In practice you won’t be fined unless you are caught driving on cultivated fields. So just use common sense, don’t ignore prohibiting signs, closed road gates, etc. In addition, during droughts some forests can be closed for driving except for public roads, the fine for contravening this is ca 300 EUR. Map available here
May 24-26 Brest motorcycle festival

May 24-26 Motorcycle festival in Mosty

June 7-9 Grodno motorcycle festival

June 29-July 1 Baranovichi MotoFestWest

August Village Party in Motohostel Route P98

October 12 End of Season in Motohostel Route P98

ROUTE OVERVIEW

Travelling to Belarus by land requires a visa.

VISA:
If you travel overland, you’ll need to apply for a visa. Single-entry visa is valid for up to 90 days and costs 60 EUR (25 EUR for citizens of Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia). Information about application procedure can be found here

Belarus offers visa-free entrance for 30 days for citizens of 74 countries, but unfortunately only for those who arrive through the airport.

REGISTRATION:
Some red tape: if you are staying in the country for longer than 5 business days (excluding weekends and public holidays), you need to register the address of your stay.

Starting from 2019, it can be done online for free here

If you plan to stay in hotels/hostels, they will do the work for you. If you have friends who live on Belarus - they can do it for you as well.

BORDER ZONE PERMIT:
TET starts right after the border and so is in "border zone". If you want to do it all from the start, you need to apply for a permit (yes, again!). All the information is here

The Linesperson can help with this, if needed. Otherwise, you’ll have to drive at least 10 km on the main road and then turn TET-wards.

I hope all the above mentioned won’t discourage you from visiting Belarus!

GENERAL:
Belarus has a lot to offer for the dual-sport traveler - nice gravel roads, sandy man-made trails going through multiple bogs, routes through abandoned villages, ancient forests with wild animals, beautiful lakes and rivers with perfect spots for camping.

Currently the route connects Ukraine and Lithuania and goes through 2 of the 6 regions of the country. It will soon be updated to include 2 more regions.

TET starts right after the border, taking you through the network of agricultural water channels, fields and forests to the free manually-operated ferry over the Dnepr-Bug channel. The route continues through forests to some local sights. You can stay in a motorcycle hostel which is on the TET and has some places for good riding around it. The trail then follows an abandoned road amongst bogs which leads to some abandoned villages. In Grodno region you ride through Lipchansky reserve (obtaining the permit in advance, of course. It’s simple and you can pay when you arrive. ) The director can set up a camp sauna if it’s not a weekend. TET will then take you along the roads used for local rallies and jeep trophies. Keep your eyes open - there’s plenty of things to see along the route, including wild animals, birds and, if you are lucky, even a rare European bison!

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Draniki, borsch, salo, and samogon (house-made vodka) for those willing to take risks.

Alot of battles have taken place in Belarus during both World Wars and many forts are still scattered through the forests. Brest fortress which is in the city not far from TET is one of the most important WWII-related memorials.

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