The currency is the Belarussian ruble (BYR), which is equal to 100 kopeks. There are no coins in circulation (plastic cards and tokens are used for the metro and public telephones). Currency and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks and official bureaux de changes in Minsk and the larger towns. US Dollars and Euros are preferred and some currencies may not be accepted. Exchange offices may reject old/damaged notes and it is advisable to keep all receipts for exchange transactions as these may be required on departure, or when re-converting your leftover rubles. Mastercard and Visa are accepted at the larger hotels and tourist restaurants, but American Express and Discovery cards are not accepted at all. ATMs are widely accessible in major towns and banking hours are weekdays from 9am to 5pm.
Currency Exchange Rates
|Belarus||BYR 100||BYR 1,000||BYR 10,000||BYR 100,000||BYR 1,000,000|
|Australia||A$ 0.01||A$ 0.09||A$ 0.86||A$ 8.62||A$ 86.21|
|Canada||C$ 0.01||C$ 0.08||C$ 0.84||C$ 8.37||C$ 83.68|
|Ireland||€ 0.01||€ 0.06||€ 0.59||€ 5.91||€ 59.12|
|New Zealand||NZ$ 0.01||NZ$ 0.09||NZ$ 0.90||NZ$ 9.00||NZ$ 90.01|
|South Africa||R 0.08||R 0.80||R 8.04||R 80.38||R 803.77|
|United Kingdom||£ 0.00||£ 0.05||£ 0.46||£ 4.60||£ 45.97|
|United States of America||US$ 0.01||US$ 0.07||US$ 0.70||US$ 6.98||US$ 69.80|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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