Belarus’ customs regulations correspond in a greater degree to the international norms.
It is strictly prohibited to import to the Republic of Belarus:
- firearms, ammunition and military equipment;
- drugs, psychotropic, toxic, poisonous and virulent substances, explosives and nuclear agents;
- printed or audio-visual materials deemed injurious to the Republic of Belarus.
When transporting animals and plants one should have a certificate of the phytosanitary and veterinary inspection.
Following goods and articles may be brought to the Republic of Belarus without paying customs fees (per person):
- not more than one liter of alcoholic beverages (only people that have reached the age of 18 are allowed to import alcohol to this country).
- not more than 200 cigarettes or 200 grams of smoking tobacco or other tobacco goods (only people that have reached the age of 18 are allowed to import tobacco goods to this country).
- not more than five jewelry items.
- not more than one video-recording or video-playing device.
- not more than three genuine leather or fur clothes items.
- not more than one wristwatch.
Imports of the articles from the list in the amount exceeding the above-mentioned are subject to a customs duty of 60% from their customs value but not less than 4 euros per kilogram. The same applies to articles imported in allowed amount but made liable to customs fees at owner’s request.
Imports of more than one liter of alcoholic beverages are subject to a customs fee of 20 euros per liter.
Individuals are allowed to transfer Belarusian rubles in cash in the amount up to 500 base units (a base unit currently stands at 31,000 Belarusian rubles) without obligatory written declaring in a customs declaration.
Imports of foreign currency in cash by individuals are not limited. If the amount of imported currency does not exceed US $10,000, declaration in writing is optional. Nevertheless, it is necessary to declare the money, if it will be used as foreign grant aid. In case the amount of imported foreign currency in cash exceeds the established limit of $10,000 per person, it should be declared in writing.
Without obligatory declaration in writing individuals are allowed to export from the Republic of Belarus $3,000 of foreign currency in cash per person. To export up to $10,000 in cash an individual has to declare the money in writing. If the amount of exported foreign currency in cash exceeds $10,000 one has to possess a permission of an authorized bank or a customs document that confirms import of this cash.
It is prohibited to export from the Republic of Belarus metal scrap, nonferrous waste, metal blocks and cultural valuables. If you plan to buy a work of art in the Republic of Belarus, make sure that you get a permission to export it.
Vehicles imported for a period of less than three months are not subject to customs fees but should be declared in writing.