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Belarus 🇧🇾


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The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment's notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

1: Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid;

2: If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group;

3: Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble;

4: Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines;

5: Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse;

6: On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them;

7: Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone;

8: Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

1Length of TET in country
Approximately 718 km
2Expected time to cover TET in country
3-4 days
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
May-October is warm enough for camping.
4Entry point into country
Dolsk / Mohro
5Exit point from country
Pryvalka / Raigardas
6Language(s)
Russian, Belarusian
7Currency
Belarusian ruble, BYN (1 EUR - 2,3 BYN)
8Emergency telephone number
Firefighters - 101, police - 102, medics - 103
9Drive on the...
Right
10Laws regarding wild camping
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.
11Trail riding and the law
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: https://www.mlh.by/maps/map.php

ROUTE OVERVIEW

IMPORTANT: visa free entrance to Belarus in June 10 - July 10, 2019!

Normally, travelling to Belarus by land requires a visa. Because of the II European Games this summer, the authorities have decided to open the borders for citizens of 74 countries - including all the EU states. If you buy a ticket (some 5-10 EUR), you can come to Belarus without a visa. Official page here (in English): https://minsk2019.by/en/news/509

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:https://www.belarus.by/en/travel/travel-visas

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 at https://tinyurl.com/BYregistrationTET

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, that 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: https://gpk.gov.by/en/border-zone-borderline/rules-of-entry-to-border-zone-for-foreign-citizens/

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! And if you go on June 10-July 10, 2019 for less than 5 days and without visiting the border zone, you can manage without any bureaucracy at all :-)

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. http://lip-p.by/online-booking/?lang=en ) 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!

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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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