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Overland travel between Poland to Belarus. How easy?

Zloty 6 | 16
24 Jul 2011 #1
Hey everyone!

I would like to know how easy it is to cross the Belorussian border from Poland. I'm going to be studying in Krakow as of Sept. 2011 and I will want to do some traveling. For some reason, I've always been interested in visiting Belarus and since I'll be staying in a country that borders it I figured this is my chance. I read some of the visa requirements. Somewhat strict, costly, complicated and requiring a letter of invitation from a citizen or hotel reservations...or something like that. I would really like to just cross the border and go into Brest, maybe overnight or just for the day and up to a weekend. When going overland, is the border crossing easy or would I be hassled for a visa? Are visas available at the border? And I assume there are trains that go from Warsaw or Krakow to Brest?

Also, I'm not white. Unfortunately, that is something that I have to take into account when planning or discussing possible plans to go to certain foreign countries. That's just incase anyone who responds to this post may be able to add something about Belarus that I may not know.
ScarletPoet 1 | 12
11 Sep 2011 #2
[Moved from]: How easy is it to cross the border to Belarus from Bialystok?

I'd like to go to visit Bialystok and then go onto Minsk across the border, can I get a visa at the border with a British passport?
delphiandomine 88 | 18,116
11 Sep 2011 #3
Nope. You need to obtain the visa in the UK, or if you hold a valid residency certificate here, you can do it in Poland.
2 Jun 2014 #4
It's doubtful you'd get a lot of non-bureaucracy convenience in Belarus. Still, I'm pretty sure you loved your trip - it's doubtful Belorussians are racists and they would most likely welcome you well.

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